media literacy

Students Still Can’t Tell Fact from Fiction on the Internet – Education Article

Critical thinking skills have always been high on most educators’ wish-list for their students. The onslaught of disinformation across the Internet, however, has only heightened the sense of urgency. After the 2016 presidential election, during which the term “fake news” entered the lexicon, researchers at Stanford  University released a study that examined U.S. high school students’ troubling inability to discern fact from fiction in online news sources. “Many people assume that because young people are fluent in social media they…

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5 Good Resources to Help Students Become Discerning Media Consumers – Education Article

Too often today scrolling through social media headlines or watching short video clips is what passes for “catching up on the news.” As we know, if reading social headlines or watching video clips is the only way students consume news, they can quickly get a warped sense of what’s true and what’s not true. If you’re concerned about helping students become discerning media consumers, here are five good resources to consider using. Civic Online Reasoning Civic Online Reasoning is a…

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Fun facts from Britannica: Do cats cause schizophrenia? – Education Article

For 250 years, Encyclopaedia Britannica has provided the world with researched, verified information. A global leader in education whose flagship products serve the needs of students and consumers on multiple platforms and devices, Britannica has been a pioneer in digital learning since the 1980s. eSchool News has partnered with Britannica to bring you a fun fact each month, along with advice on how to teach today’s students how to cut through the misinformation on the internet. Do cats cause schizophrenia?…

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When Do Images Become Propaganda? – Education Article

Throughout history, images have been an important part of the media message. They’ve also been a part of the education curriculum. Since the invention of photographic printing, pictures have routinely accompanied the words written about critical events in social studies textbooks. And students today rely on images to help “tell the story” – just as much as (if not more so) than the words. Iconic images from history come to mind: the 1937 crash of the Hindenburg airship; baseball great…

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