Any resources or helpful tips and tricks?
NewsLit Nation Forum
Calling media specialists! How do you guide teachers through news literacy education?
If you have a teacher requiring students to find news articles (particularly Social Studies), ask if they'll let you do a mini-lesson with students on finding news media outlets. Give them a self-reflection activity to evaluate any potential bias they already have toward particular outlets. You could demonstrate search strategies on Google, even the site search strategy. Have them select a straight news piece, analysis/commentary, opinion, sponsored content, and ad just to see if they can differentiate those. Have students visit various media outlets' websites and contrast the homepages. I think, as a media specialist, offering mini-lessons is a great idea because classroom teachers are often worried about having enough time for everything, but it's also important to practice these essential skills before trying to complete more complex assignments that might assume students have skills they don't.
I am conducting a district-wide PD session via Zoom discussing the "SIFT" method of verifying information. This is also known as "4 Moves and a Habit" and am basing my PD on the writing of Mike Caulfield. I am attaching a link to the slides as I have them developed (so far). Any feedback is appreciated!
@kkruckenberg I second the SIFT method!!! Unlike every other methodology I've tried, students take to it immediately and STUDENTS USE IT WILLINGLY!!! We start off teaching the "just add Wikipedia" strategy and they quickly feel empowered which primes the pump and they have open minds to any of the lessons the come after that. Once that framework is in place and kids' minds are open we use lessons of our own, Checkology lessons, etc. to deepen the learning and/or teach specific strategies and search techniques.
Thanks to all who requested copies and gave feedback! I am linking to the "updated and final" version for this year. This is a much more complete and better-organzied version of SIFT METHOD PRESENTATION 2021
This is an hour presentation. But that is going pretty fast, not allowing for questions or discussion.
Agree that all of this is a great way to connect. The struggle we are having is our traditional ways of identifying truth aren't reliable or trusted. CRAAP and RADCAB are outdated and lateral searches bring up multiple sources that support biased or inaccurate information. It is hard to prove to a student that a source is not trust-worthy when their families say the source is accurate. Does anyone have tools addressing this?
@dierksl Mike Caulfield, director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver, has a great post on the SIFT method for verifying information online. There's a link at the bottom of the post for his three-hour online mini-course on the method too. https://hapgood.us/2019/06/19/sift-the-four-moves/
@dierksl My co-author (Jennifer LaGarde) and I one hundred percent agree with you (CRAAP, RADCAB, lateral searches), which is why we just finished the next iteration of Fact Vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News. We are calling it Developing Digital Detectives, and we just submitted the first draft for editing. It's a book and a mobile evidence locker guide loaded with clues and stories for inquiry, lessons, and mini-lessons for all grades. We are excited to put it into the world. Attached is a rough draft of the cover. - Darren Hudgins
@dierksl I make use of the Media Bias Chart and tell students to curate sources that are reliable sources of information that can be "go-to's". Like Snopes, Reuters, AP. All Sides is good for illustrating how media can present the same information in different ways too. I agree this is very challenging to go against information that is dinner-table conversation every night in the student's home.
HS librarian here: Along with our usual research/credible sources spiel, we specifically teach about media persuasive techniques and media bias to our ninth graders. This year a senior is doing her capstone project on media bias and cited our lessons over the last four years as her inspiration. We are thrilled!
Oh wow! what a win! High school librarian here as well. We have used Checkology, but it was in random classes and then there would be overlap. I need to get buy in from the freshman English teachers and go from there. If you have any lessons to share please do! I'm always looking for ways to engage freshman!
Here are two lessons I recently did with our debate classes and will be doing with our journalism classes soon. They seemed to land well with sophomores-seniors.
- Take 4 articles of the same event and have kids break into groups and answer questions about them, then come back together to compare coverage. I used these articles and this form. I also attached my marked-up copies of the articles.
- I went back another day to introduce these three sources that will help them create a "balanced diet" of news and avoid blind spots.
Feel free to use them as works best for you and your students.
High school librarian as well, I directly asked our team lead for Social Studies if I could come into the classrooms and give the lesson in checkology on the info zones. I have been teaching 2- 80 minute classes every Wednesday for the past month by going into the classes and teaching the lesson, the teacher and student feedback has been very positive. I felt social studies was a much better buy-in than working with the English Department. The teachers also really like the pre and post-assessment data.