Gear up for back-to-school with news literacy teaching tools, events and more
Are you — and your students — ready for the new school year?
Get ready with a foundation in news literacy — as well as best practices for teaching it — through our free educator webinars and resources. Additionally, sign up for Checkology®️, our FREE, browser-based, classroom-ready platform that teaches students how to think, not what to think.
When students become news-literate, they learn to better navigate our complex media landscape and avoid misinformation.
New lessons in STEM, opinion journalism and more
This year, Checkology’s newest lessons make it easy to bring news literacy to science, math and art classes among other subjects, such as civics, social studies, history and more. Be sure to share the news with your colleagues and emphasize the cross-curricular connections with your students! These lessons, created in 2022, demonstrate news literacy’s sweeping relevancy:
- “Power in Art: The Watchdog Role of Editorial Cartoonists” Learn about the history of editorial cartooning as a unique and powerful form of opinion journalism and practice analyzing cartoons from the 1700s to the present day.
- “Making Sense of Data” Explore how we create, interact with, and are influenced by data in all aspects of our lives — and learn how to evaluate the accuracy of data-based claims and visualizations.
- “Be Health Informed” Discover how to make sense of the health and wellness information vying for our attention — and avoid being misled.
- “Evaluating Science-based Claims” Learn how to recognize science-based claims and evaluate their credibility.
Events for the new school year
- Memes, editorial cartoons and visual journalism: Lessons for your classroom In this edWeb webinar, get a firsthand look at editorial cartooning, the focus of the Checkology lesson “Power in Art: The Watchdog Role of Editorial Cartoonists.” Hear from leading editorial cartoonists Lalo Alcaraz and Signe Wilkinson and NLP staff experts Peter Adams and Darragh Worland.
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- Get rolling with Checkology: Discover new content and more This introduction to brand-new content and features on Checkology will help you teach about social media, misinformation, data literacy and more! This webinar is offered three times during August; choose the session that best fits your schedule.
- Building strong digital citizens: News and media literacy in the classroom In this edWeb webinar co-sponsored by EdCuration, news literacy ambassadors Allie Niese and Molly June Roquet will discuss how educators can encourage students’ digital citizenship skills.
- AUG. 18: 5 p.m. ET: Register here.
- Back-to-School News Literacy Webinar Series In this six-part virtual series designed for educators across all grade levels and subject areas, we’ll explore the fundamentals of news literacy education. This series is sponsored by the Knight Foundation. Register here to gain access to all six sessions.
- AUG. 17, 5 p.m. ET: Teaching news literacy – Where do I start?
- AUG. 24, 5 p.m. ET: Exploring the misinformation landscape
- AUG. 31, 3 p.m. ET: A discussion with Teens for Press Freedom
- SEPT. 7, 14, 21, 5 p.m. ET: Details to be announced soon.
Other educator resources
- Subscribe to The Sift®, our free. weekly newsletter for educators — delivered during the school year — explores timely examples of misinformation, addresses media and press freedom topics and discusses social media trends and issues.
- Explore the FREE classroom-ready material on our website, including infographics like How to teach news literacy in polarizing times and Eight tips to Google like a pro.
- Check out our “News Literacy Foundations” collection on Flip.
- Watch these videos to see how other educators found creative ways to teach news literacy during the challenging 2020-21 school year and benefit from their lessons learned.