Checkology virtual classroom, created in a partnership between the News LiteracyProject and the Facebook Journalism Project, is an immersive online learning hub where students in grades 6–12 can hone their critical thinking skills to become and stay informed. The virtual classroom’s lessons help educators equip their students with tools to evaluate and interpret the news and learn how to determine what news and other information to trust, share, and act on. Leading journalists, along with First Amendment and digital media experts, guide students through the platform’s interactive multimedia lessons. Students learn to categorize information, make and critique news judgments, explore how the press and citizens can each act as watchdogs, detect and categorize misinformation, interpret and apply the First Amendment, compare the ways different countries protect or restrict press freedom, identify logical fallacies and evaluate arguments, investigate the impact of personalization algorithms, and evaluate bias and learn about confirmation bias. A free basic account allows access to three foundational Checkology news literacy lessons for one-to-many delivery, as well as a preview of Premium teacher functionality and access to some teacher resources. Premium Access ($3 to $5/student) unlocks the complete lesson library and provides additional features, such as lesson plan customization, individual student logins, and teacher evaluation and feedback
Each time you and your students embark on a new story,
your characters undergo a transformation. If you lead your students through the
elements we’ve discussed (creating an epic classroom, uncovering a conflict, and traversing the rising action to solve the conflict) then the transformation will happen by itself. A critical part of
epic learning is helping students to realize that metamorphosis and use what
they’ve learned. Here are a few activities to facilitate reflection and wrap up
your epic learning experience.
With the widespread school closures creating a situation where many families are facing the unexpected challenge of educating and engaging children with autism or other special needs at home, Stages Learning Materials is offering a freeAutism Curriculum Kit to support families during COVID-19 school closures.
The nonprofit Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) has created and shared an open-source guide for school librarians engaged in curating open educational resources. Drawing lessons from school districts and libraries, ISKME developed the free guidebook to help school librarians and district officials develop a coherent roadmap for OER curation and implementation.