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Shaelynn
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Welcome to NewsLit Nation online! I am Shaelynn, NLP's director of expansion and a former classroom teacher residing in Iowa. NLN online serves as a virtual gathering spot for educators across the nation to share news literacy best practices, connect with others who view news literacy as an essential life skill and important to student academics and work together to empower educators across the country to join the news literacy movement!

  • Please take a moment to introduce yourself.
  • Let us know where you are from.
  • And share your role in education. 

We are glad you are here! 

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kenlspear
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Posted by: @shaelynn

Welcome to NewsLit Nation online! I am Shaelynn, NLP's director of expansion and a former classroom teacher residing in Iowa. NLN online serves as a virtual gathering spot for educators across the nation to share news literacy best practices, connect with others who view news literacy as an essential life skill and important to student academics and work together to empower educators across the country to join the news literacy movement!

  • Please take a moment to introduce yourself.
  • Let us know where you are from.
  • And share your role in education. 

We are glad you are here! 

Hi, 
I am Ken Spear, a lead learner in journalism and TV Production teacher, and I am a 16-year veteran currently teaching at Pike Road High School in Alabama. 

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@shaelyn,

Hi Everyone! I'm Cathy Collins, a library, media and instructional technology specialist for Sharon Public Schools in Sharon, Massachusetts. I teach an 8th grade "Media Literacy" elective class along with Engineering & Design and Inventions STEM classes. I live in North Easton, about 18 miles south of Boston, MA but have also lived and worked in Cali, Florida and for a brief time, Kathmandu, Nepal! (I love hiking!)... I serve on the ISTE Board as well, and love exploring new ed tech tools and sharing resources with colleagues around the country and world. I'm super excited to be an NLP Ambassador again this school year!

 

Cathy

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Posted by: @shaelynn

Welcome to NewsLit Nation online! I am Shaelynn, NLP's director of expansion and a former classroom teacher residing in Iowa. NLN online serves as a virtual gathering spot for educators across the nation to share news literacy best practices, connect with others who view news literacy as an essential life skill and important to student academics and work together to empower educators across the country to join the news literacy movement!

  • Please take a moment to introduce yourself.
  • Let us know where you are from.
  • And share your role in education. 

We are glad you are here! 

Hi, 
I am Ken Spear, a lead learner in journalism and TV Production teacher, and I am a 16-year veteran currently teaching at Pike Road High School in Alabama. 

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Posted by: @shaelynn

Welcome to NewsLit Nation online! I am Shaelynn, NLP's director of expansion and a former classroom teacher residing in Iowa. NLN online serves as a virtual gathering spot for educators across the nation to share news literacy best practices, connect with others who view news literacy as an essential life skill and important to student academics and work together to empower educators across the country to join the news literacy movement!

  • Please take a moment to introduce yourself.
  • Let us know where you are from.
  • And share your role in education. 

We are glad you are here! 

Excited to join the forum and learn from other educators and like-minded passionate people about how they are best implementing NLP resources in your classroom. 

 

My name is Sarah Wildes, I am a 7th grade enrichment teacher in Toney, AL (just outside of Huntsville). I started using Checkology in my classroom a year ago, and have been expanding how I use the NLP ever since. I think it is one of the most valuable educational tools out there!

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Ebonee
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Hi all! I'm Ebonee (from LA, CA now living in Dallas, TX). I have the beautiful pleasure of leading the Educator Network team. We are so excited to have you all here in this community. We're here to support you in your news literacy education needs! Can't wait to hear from you and learn about how we can support you this school year. Thanks for being a member of our network! 

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Individualien
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Hi, My name is Gary and I'm a teacher in the Finger Lakes region of NY where I teach a middle school science class called Fact or Fiction with the intention of helping students learn how to sort through dubious and factual claims. Right now I'm using NLP podcasts to educate myself and hopefully fold that information into the curriculum. Open to sharing curriculum ideas and activities with other folx. 

 

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Emily J.
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@individualien That class sounds awesome, is it required for all students?

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@ejacobs No, not a required class. Our school offers a variety of structured and ustructured middle school science courses.  Students can take this or a variety of different-themed courses. However, all students in eighth grade take a "researchers" course that touches on many of these themes.

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Hi, I'm Tiffany from Merion Station, PA just outside of Philadelphia.  I'm teaching a class called Citizens at an independent school and will calibrate the lessons for students in grades 1-8.  We'll even have an after school Citizens Club for students who are passionate about media literacy in all its forms. NLP and all of its resources are so fantastic!

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Hi, I'm Anne and I am a teacher at Lycée International de Valbonne in the south of France where we teach both regular EFL classes and OIB classes. In other words, my main subject is English, which we study through a number of lenses. Giving our students the means to distinguish between real and fake news has become a field of its own that we educators - wherever we are from - need to address as a matter of urgency, hasn't it? So many thanks for providing remarkable resources to help us do so. I have already shared the project with some of my colleagues who said until now they were lacking the  resources to effectively teach critical thinking. As a professional, I have learnt new concepts and broadened my knowledge of the processes at stake behind conspiracy theories for example. I am very grateful. Best, Anne

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Hi, I'm Emily, a Library Instructional Leader for Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln NE. I work to create curriculum and practice opportunities for students to read laterally and check information. I am at the district office and try to support our librarians in teaching this important skill. Sometimes I am asked to go to a school and teach it as well, which is a ton of fun. I am always looking for relevant fun practice opportunities for my students in both fact checking and source checking!

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Shaelynn
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@ejacobs It is a pleasure to meet you! I am actually doing some work with ESUs this fall. Let's connect and I can stop by your office when I am in the area! sfarnsworth@newslit.org

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Hi, I'm Mary and I teach 6-8 grade library skills classes in southwestern New York.  I've been using the Sift to improve my own skills for the past few years, and last year I started using the News Goggles lessons mixed in with my 8th grade information literacy curriculum.  I'm looking forward to continuing to revise my curriculum to make it more effective for students.

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Hi! I'm Jaime and I teach English in Central California. My assignment changes each year, but this year I have 9th grade and 12th graders. I used part of the News Literacy project last year in a 9th grade honors class, and found it to be extremely rewarding and relevant. This year I'm hoping to use the Trust Me Documentary as part of the Rhetorical Appeals unit. I'm always open to collaborating both as a teacher, and with classrooms. Reach out. 

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Hi @jburroughs! So glad to hear about your experience. If you do end up using Trust Me, be sure to search through our resources for the accompanying study guide we developed.

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My name is Jill Johnstone, and I am a librarian at a Catholic high school in Louisiana. We assist our teachers in finding ways to incorporate literacy skills and fact checking in their classrooms, and the News Literacy Project is a fantastic resource. Looking forward to collaborating with a wonderful community of fellow educators.

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Hello from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania,

I am a full time teacher and librarian for an urban high school. We do not have a physical library but have a four year curriculum that teaches information literacy. I started using Checkology in the spring of 2020 when we went virtual and have continued to add it to my courses. I also adapt some of the Fake News to warmups and current events. I am glad to find this group to get some ideas on how to incorporate this resource more.

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cjsteffy
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Hello! I'm Christina, a university library director from Reading, PA. Before I worked in libraries, I did a lot of freelance journalism. News literacy is a topic I would like to see better taught at the college-level. I've discovered a lot of the resources applicable to high school students are also applicable to college students.

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Miriam
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@cjsteffy Hello Christina! We do have quite a few educators that use Checkology at the college level, so you are not alone in that. Do you have any specific questions about its use, or accompanying resources and how to apply it? Our team is happy to brainstorm a few ideas with you.

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cmcbride
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Hello, I'm Ciji. I am hope learn more about the NLP to determine if Media Literacy would be a good project for our GATE students (grades 3-5).

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@cmcbride Hi Ciji! Thanks for your question about NLP resources and upper elementary students. In the educator Resources library, you can search by grade band and specify graded 4-6 to see resources we recommend for those grade levels. For example, this upper elementary slideshow activity introduces students to “critical observation skills,” or the ability to identify key elements in a piece of visual information text. In Checkology virtual classroom, you may want to check out the lessons "InfoZones" and "Practicing Quality Journalism" to see if they might be a good fit for your students. Please let me know if you are looking for anything in particular and I'd be happy to help make any additional recommendations.

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cmcbride
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Thanks so much! i will reach out if I need anything.

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Hello all, I'm Mark. I teach high school math in Western Washington State (outside Seattle). I believe our public school system should drive all students toward statistics rather than calculus as is currently the focus. Calculus is vital to anyone pursuing a STEM field, but every citizen should have a working knowledge of statistics and how data can be manipulated or objectively handled and should be able to spot the manipulations!

Glad I'm here, I look forward to sharing ideas and helping students be more responsible citizens.

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Miriam
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@mr-b, Mark, welcome! We're glad you are here as well. Did you know, one of our news literacy ambassadors, Sumyat Thu, is in Seattle? We're all here to help!

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Hi, my name is Laura.  I'm currently taking my final class (Disciplinary Literacy) from Western Governors University (WGU).  The course provided the link to the News Literacy Project as a source for information about digital literacy.    

I have been soul searching for a focus or a passion to add to my drive to teach.  Knowing how to teach or having discussions about digital literacy with students will be a valuable asset to my brand new, never tested tool box!

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Miriam
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Hello @wgu2021 and welcome! That is so great to hear. You might want to attend some of our upcoming events, they're all free and you'll certainly leave with a few more tips and tools.

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Molly June Roquet
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Hi everyone! My name is Molly June Roquet. I'm the Head Librarian at Redwood Day, an independent K-8 school in Oakland, California. It's so great to read about how everyone is incorporating news literacy into their curricula!

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Hi Molly! @mollyroquet

Glad you're here and can't wait to hear your about your approach and suggestions as well!

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zbayardo
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Hello! I'm a teacher-librarian from San Antonio, Tx and so glad to have this resource and all it comes with!

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Welcome @zbayardo! Glad you're finding the resources of use. Let us know if you have any specific questions too!

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RemScience
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Hi everyone!

My name is Rebekah and I teach at an alternative charter high school in California's Central Valley. I teach a little bit of everything, but a lot of my focus is on English and Social Studies. Additionally, I am currently working on my MSIS through the University of Tennessee's distance education program. When I finish my degree I will also have my school library certificate and my youth informatics certificate. I plan to work in a secondary school library setting. Lastly, I am a former journalist and I have spent a few years as a blogger (though I need to get back to it). Very happy to have found this resource and forum!

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Hi Rebekah, welcome! We're glad you found us too. Give a shout if you need anything, we're always around and happy to help!

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Howdy!

My name is Cori Coburn-Shiflett and I am a District Digital Learning Coach in the Austin TX Metro Area. My job is to assist educators in integrating technology in their classrooms and helping them understand best practices in digital learning. I come from a family of educators and feel rewarded that I get to help them every day (even in these challenging times). I also sit on the Board of directors for TCEA (The largest professional organization for educational technology in Texas), so if you attend TCEA Convention in Dallas (February), please make sure you say hello. 

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debbiekeen
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Hi all!

I’m a high school teacher in Frisco, TX and I’m loving this new forum! Can’t wait to see/hear more collaboration in the coming months from teachers all over the country because I get such great ideas from other educators. So far, I am using Checkology and The Sift and last year I started using clips from Trust Me and that was great! I even showed some clips to my own kiddos at home. #alwaysteaching 

Happy New Year, everyone!

~Debbie

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