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
Gamification, hashtag, tweep … When were these words first used in print? To find out, students simply enter a date in the search field on Mirriam-Webster’s Time Traveler webpage where they will see the words first recorded on that year.
In Game Changer! Book Access for All Kids, bestselling author Donalyn Miller and fifth-grade teacher Colby Sharp, both literacy advocates with a deep passion for books, showcase the power of children’s access to books, providing teachers and administrators with the tools and information they need to increase children’s meaningful engagement with books and to launch or sustain book access initiatives in their communities.
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