April 2020
Org Partner Spotlight
"Most people who have some media literacy training are capable of evaluating media credibility if given sufficient time. But with countless news sources and stories in our social media feeds and search results we simply don't have time to evaluate it all. So The Factual provides tools to simplify this assessment and make media literacy guidelines easier to follow.” Read the full interview .
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In the News
Teaching Your Kids to Be Safe Online
In this primer from the New York Times , experts from Common Sense Education and Cyberwise give advice about how to set ground rules with digital devices and how to have difficult conversations with children about online safety. [ read more ]
Podcast: We Don’t Talk About That
On an episode of We Don’t Talk About That with Lucas Land , a podcast about having difficult conversations about topics that are hard to talk about, the News Literacy Project discusses misinformation, what people can do to avoid falling for it, and how to help others from sharing it. [ listen here ]
In the Nonstop Coronavirus News Cycle, Misinformation is Rampant
In an interview with KJZZ , Kristy Roschke, managing director of News Co/Lab and board member of NAMLE, talks about how the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic is what makes information about it hard for news consumers to process. [ read more ]
civXcafe Weekly Online Chat
Thursdays @ 5 p.m. ET
Join Columbia College Chicago in a free online chat to discuss how everyone can work towards building and maintaining community and connection through civic engagement during physical distancing and the COVID-19 pandemic. This first virtual meet-up is April 23, and registration is required. [ register here ]
Webinar Series: COVID-19 in Context
April 23 @ 1 p.m. ET
Join the News Literacy Project for a four-part webinar series that will explore the experiences of journalists who are covering this evolving pandemic and the challenges of cutting through misinformation. The series will also include a discussion about the communication challenges posed by all the uncertainties around COVID-19 and how to look for reliable sources to help clarify the unknowns. [ learn more ]
Workshop: Making Audio & Video Commentaries to Amplify Youth Voice
April 23 & April 24 @ 2 p.m. ET
Help students analyze important issues, create media to share their views, and connect with peers across the nation through KQED’s Youth Media Challenge: Let’s Talk About Election 2020. In this free, two-part workshop in partnership with the Museum of Tolerance, learn what makes compelling civic commentary and how to write an audio or video script to share with students. This workshop is open to middle- and high-school educators. [ learn more ]
Webinar: Cultivating Connections
April 27 @ 7 p.m. ET
Get to know Tisha Lewis Ellison, a professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia, and learn more about her interests in family literacy, multimodality, and digital and STEM practices among African American and Latinx families and adolescents at this free, online webinar with the Media Education Lab. [ learn more ]
#TakeBack2020 Social Campaign
To spark media and civic literacy across the next generation of young leaders, Bites Media has launched a cross-coalition social media campaign aimed at empowering high school seniors to express how they're feeling in this historic moment. The campaign asks students to answer questions like “What’s scary?” or “What are you hopeful for?” through writing, videos, artwork, or GIFs. Bites Media will be reporting and sharing submissions to amplify young voices and bring the online community together. [ learn more ]
Media Literacy Innovator Program
Applications are now open for the KQED Media Literacy Innovator program, where participants commit to a year of serving as educator ambassadors who support their colleagues in developing media literacy skills. Participants can be K-12 coaches, librarians, and technology and media coordinators across the United States who provide media literacy training and share classroom resources to other educators. Application deadline: May 3.
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Pulitzer Center Poetry Contest
Students are invited to explore how poetry can be an effective response to current events and under-reported stories and how it can be used to connect global issues to local and personal contexts through the Pulitzer Center’s Poetry Contest. Any current K-12 student may enter the contest. Submission deadline: May 15. [ learn more ]
Media Literacy Scholarship Program 
The Factual is announcing its new scholarship program for media literacy, which encourages readers to look critically at information they consume. Students are asked to submit an essay responding to the prompt, “What does it mean to you to be 'informed' in 2020?” The scholarship program will consist of two awards — one to a current high school student, and another to a current undergraduate student, each worth $750. Application deadline: May 15.
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Narrative Flashpoint Initiative
Meridian Stories announces “Narrative Flashpoint,” a series of eight creative prompts that ask students to create two-minute digital stories about life during the pandemic. Free to all students and schools, the initiative is designed to allow students to express and share their perspectives, and be active participants in this moment in history. Submission deadline: May 31. [ learn more ]
Data Tool on Youth Civic Participation
Tufts University’s Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) launched an interactive data tool, which explores the civic and political participation of young people and the conditions that may help it, hinder it, and ultimately shape whether youth engage in civic life. The tool includes data at the national, state, congressional district, and county levels, which can be used by teachers, youth organizers, journalists, and campaign staffers to tell more nuanced stories about youth engagement in communities around the United States. [ learn more ]
Remote Learning Toolkit for Educators and Families
iCivics’ free civics resources provide easy-to-use lessons to keep civic learning going at home. In the new “Game Odyssey” adventure, students will play their way through a series of games each week, claim badges, share their successes, and learn important civics lessons on their journey. And parents can use a series of weekly civic learning plans or grab-and-go ideas for the whole family. [ learn more ]
COVID-19 and Misinformation Tip Sheet
As the coronavirus pandemic heightens nerves, disinformation continues to spread. Pen America created a tip sheet with steps people can take to evaluate news stories that show up in social media feeds. [ learn more ]
Media Literacy Resource List
MediaSmarts has put together a list of some of their resources to help educators and families during the coronavirus pandemic. The list includes tips, lesson plans, and games that show students how to find trusted sources online. [ learn more ]
Wide Open School Database
Common Sense Education launched the Wide Open School database, a free online resource to support families and educators who are transitioning to remote learning as a result of the coronavirus. The collection features resources from publishers, nonprofits, and education companies to make learning from home an experience that is accessible to everyone, and that engages students, teachers, and families through online learning. [ learn more ]
Teachers Collaborative Facebook Group
Media Power Youth launched an online Facebook group “MPY Teachers Collaborative” for teachers to share their experiences with digital learning plans and to support each other. Media Power Youth will also be distributing digital lessons and other content on best practices and challenges through this platform so that teachers can directly share with students either online or in hard copy, and help students build media literacy and social-emotional skills at home. [ join here ]
Distance Learning Film Resources
With schools and theaters closed, California Film Institute Education is offering educators and students a selection of streaming film resources and curriculum guides; a Filmmakers Go to School Virtual Visits program, where films are made available to stream online followed by live online discussions with filmmakers; and a series of youth filmmaking resources with their “My Place @ Home” program. [ learn more ]
JBFC Education at Home
The Jacob Burns Film Center Education team is curating media activities and resources on a weekly basis for the whole family. With help from an adult and a device with a camera, kids will be able to make films and stories related to a prompt using simple technology that can be shared on the organization’s social media. [ learn more ]
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