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 month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in December.
In 2018, in celebration of Henry David Thoreau’s 200th birthday, a team from the Game Innovation Lab at University of Southern California released a game that translates Thoreau’s Walden into a video game format. Across six hours of playtime, players live as Thoreau did. They build a cabin, clear the bean fields, and see the world through his eyes.
Sponsored by TheGilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Dear George Washington Contest encourages elementary students to imagine the United States at its founding by composing a letter to President George Washington from the point of view of a person attending his first inauguration.