Thing 14: News Literacy Part 2

In Part 1 of this “thing” I read a collection of articles on news literacy. For Part 2 I will explore some of the various tools to be utilized. In particular I will be looking for tools/lesson ideas to use with my high school students.

Since students are generally aware of, and have a respect for, Ted talks the TedEd Lesson seems like a good place to explore. After watching the TedEd video How to Choose Your News  (the same one I mentioned in my prior post) I signed up for a Ted account in order to explore the options available for answering questions and creating lessons. Things I learned and wish to remember:

  • Lessons are super easy to create and in many cases you can edit an existing lesson. The lessons will then show up on your account activity page.
  • Students will need to create a TED account using their email and country. Once they have an account they can interact with your lesson.
  • You can give your students feedback on their lessons.
  • The lesson that currently exists with this video is terrific. The short answer questions will be a good way to assess student learning and in all lessons can be customized.

I look forward to exploring TED ED for future possible lessons.

The NY Times” article Practical Tools for Teaching News Literacy provides a practical way to integrate News Literacy into the current curriculum. The IMVAIN checklist updates our current RADCAB and CRAP tests for more current learning. It would be terrific to implement this process into the current Article of the Week assignment for students.

In many of the articles throughout the Media Literacy lessons there have been references to Stony Brook University’s Center for News Literacy. I was excited to read an article about their MOOC “Six-week online course helps consumers decipher fake news from reliable information”. You can access the materials for free or access the paid course for just $49. Regardless of whether or not you take the course you can access lesson plans and information. I highly recommend this site and will return to it soon.

Other sources I want to return to are:

So many sources… little time……


About Kim Nemeth

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a High School Library Media Specialist in beautiful Saratoga Springs New York. I am an avid reader and am addicted to learning. This blog was originally started as part of the Cool Tools for Schools project in 2012. Since then I have continued to participate in Cool Tools for Schools and add my thoughts here. I found this blog to be an excellent place to refer to when I needed an idea or had a tick mark in my head and needed a reminder. I would love comments and feedback on my posts. Enjoy!
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One Response to Thing 14: News Literacy Part 2

  1. “So many sources… little time……” too true! Glad you did part 2 as a DIY thing. You did so much work on this one!

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