Monthly Update | March 2020
Curating Resources
We hope you that you are coping with this stressful and uncertain moment in history. Over the last week or so, we have seen a lot of our partners share great resources for talking about coronavirus with students as well as combatting the mounting misinformation about the pandemic. We’d like to take on curating these resources and materials for our community. How are you using media literacy to teach about the outbreak and answer students' questions?  Can you share your lesson plans, resources, media content, and discussion topics with us?  Send us materials at  namle@namle.net . We will collect them and share out once we get them organized.

In the meantime, check out  this amazing spreadsheet  with details from education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings.
Media Literacy in the News
Media Literacy And Reasoning Podcast
NAMLE’s Executive Director, Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, spoke with Mark Bordine, Director of the Arizona Chapter of Media Literacy Now, on his podcast Persuasion and the Public Mind , a series about persuasion and social influence in communication, psychology, and media studies. They discussed the importance of having media literacy skills in today’s digital world. [ listen ]
With An Election On The Horizon, Older Adults Get Help Spotting Fake News
NPR reports about the recent influx of classes that teach older adults how to evaluate information online. Experts say this demographic may struggle with identifying misinformation and classes designed to teach these skills to seniors may help them understand propaganda, deep fakes, and sponsored content. [ read more ]
Teachers Don't Always Agree On Credibility Of Sources, Study Suggests
In this article from Education Week , a new study suggests that social studies teachers may have differences in the news sources they find credible. The findings suggest that teaching programs should help teachers understand that they may have particular ideological perspectives that could influence creating lessons and teaching students media literacy skills. [ read more ]
Can Media Literacy Save Us?
In this episode of the Global Futures podcast, a series about global politics and how the world is changing, Allister Fa Chang, a fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, discusses his research on media literacy and disinformation, the importance of critically analyzing online materials, and the different approaches to teaching these skills. [ listen ]
M-Passioned: Meet Our Members
Lara Burton
Teaching Assistant
University of Louvain
Belgium

“The media environment and practices are changing very quickly, making it sometimes stressful to study, but also captivating! Media literacy asks us — researchers and teachers — to be curious, adapting our methods and contents to these never stopping evolutions. I am particularly interested in practices serving the common good and the proper functioning of democracy, integrating the actors’ perspective in the definition of the competencies.” [ read more ]
Resources
3 Ways To Help Children Think Critically About The News
Australian researchers provide three tips in an article with The Conversation to encourage parents and teachers to use the news to engage children with what’s happening in the world, including helping them identify reliable news sources, how some media may exploit their emotions, and how news media talk about different people. [ read more ]
Teaching About Coronavirus: 3 Lesson Plans For Science, Math, And Media Literacy
As the coronavirus continues to spread globally, teachers are trying to figure out how best to explain the facts and debunk misconceptions about the outbreak. This article in Education Week provides three different ways that a science, math, and media literacy teacher are incorporating current events into the classroom. [ read more ]
A Deep Dive Into Deep Fakes
This article about deep fakes from the School Library Journal shows how media literacy can be used to help identify manipulated videos and recognize the potential motives of the video creators. [ read more ]
Smithsonian Open Access
The Smithsonian announced an initiative that removes Smithsonian copyright restrictions from about 2.8 million of its digital collection images. This means that images can now be downloaded, transformed, and shared for any purpose, for free, without further permission from the Smithsonian. Content includes images and data from the arts, sciences, history, technology, and design. [ read more ]
8 Tips For Identifying Fake News
In this blog post, Fresno State University’s Institute for Media and Public Trust encourages media consumers to look past personal biases, be skeptical, and take extra time to confirm the facts on sites they may not recognize. [ read more ]
Lessons From Media Literacy Interventions Around The World
In a new, downloadable report, “Strengthening the public’s defences: How media literacy can help fight misinformation,” researchers from the Africa Centre for Evidence and Full Fact trace the history of media and information literacy in Africa, South America, and the United Kingdom, and showcase the range of interventions fact checkers can support to build a culture for accuracy. [ read more ]
For The Record Media Literacy Lessons
For the Record , a downloadable monthly media literacy resource from the Toronto Star Classroom Connection, provides teachers and parents with tools to encourage youth to engage with, reflect on, and think critically about the media they encounter on a daily basis. Recent lessons include how to think critically about advertising and spotting “fake news.” [ read more ]
About Us
Executive Director
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

Associate Director
Donnell Probst

Program Assistant
Kyle Plantz

Executive Board
Tony Streit, President 
David Kleeman, Vice President
Kimberley Moffitt, Secretary
Gonca Latif-Schmitt, Treasurer
Erin Reilly, Past President

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