March 2020
Special Edition
In this special edition of our Organizational Partner Bulletin, we’ve curated a collection of resources exclusively from our Organizational Partners designed to support educators, parents, and students during the pandemic lockdown. This ever-growing list will be on our website in the coming days, so stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook for more information and for even more resources that are shared everyday.
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In the News
“Misinformation Around The Coronavirus”
In an interview with NPR , Peter Adams of the News Literacy Project discusses the different kinds of misinformation that spreads during a pandemic and techniques that people are using to improve their information consumption habits. [ read more ]
“The coronavirus ‘infodemic’ is real. We rated the websites responsible for it.”
An analysis shows that the sharing of misinformation about the coronavirus outbreak is outpacing reliable information when it comes to engagement on social media worldwide, argues John Gregory, NewsGuard’s deputy editor of health, in an opinion piece in STAT News . [ read more ]
Misinformation Resources
Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center
NewsGuard’s new Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center ranks and lists news and information sites in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany that have published false information about the virus. [ learn more ]
Get Smart about COVID-19 Misinformation
As part of an effort to combat misinformation about COVID-19 and the new strain of coronavirus that causes it, the News Literacy Project created this resource page to provide accurate information about the pandemic and free resources to educators and the general public.
COVID-19: Fact and Fiction
In this article, Bites Media breaks down what COVID-19 is, why it matters, and dispels some common myths about the virus. [ learn more ]
Educator Resources
How Teachers Can Navigate School Closures Due to the Coronavirus
KQED gathered resources for educators to use for students during school closures in subject areas including ELA, math, science, social studies, and bilingual resources. They also include tools and resources for teachers to set up their classroom for distance learning and how to teach about misinformation, media literacy, and data literacy about the novel coronavirus.
Distance Learning: PBS NewsHour Classroom Resources for Students
These teacher-produced resources and lesson plans curated by PBS NewsHour Extra can be implemented for students who are distance learning. Examples include current events resources, their “Super Civics 2020” election series, and more. [ learn more ]
Making Sense of Coronavirus Through Storytelling and Media Making
With many schools closing and teaching moving online, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs has created a special unit that covers the basics of local community journalism, storytelling, scripting, and video editing. They are also offering daily office hours from 11 a.m. to noon ET through Zoom for teachers and students who want to talk through story ideas, troubleshoot audiovisual needs, or brainstorm lesson plans. [ learn more ]
Online Resources for Media Educators
The Media Education Lab wants help in building a Google Doc with curated resources that can be useful for media educators, including how to talk to students about COVID-19, media literacy practices with remote instruction, and fighting misinformation about coronavirus. [ learn more ]
Reduce Student Anxiety (and Your Own) During Uncertain Times
Common Sense Education put together some ideas and resources focused on news literacy, media balance, and healthy communication to help reduce students’ anxiety during this difficult time. [ learn more ]
Printable Activities and Virtual Journalist Visits
Pulitzer Center is supporting educators as they transition to remote teaching by revising some of their most popular lesson plans to create printable activities for students to explore at home. They are also connecting K-12 classrooms with a journalist for a virtual visit to talk about what it’s like reporting on public health emergencies. [ learn more ]
Resource Page for the COVID-19 Crisis
This resource page contains links to Education Development Center resources and ideas for parents and teachers that have been contributed by EDC staff around the world. Resources include virtual learning, STEM, and history lessons. [ learn more ]
Learning Online Podcast
In a new podcast episode, Ben Sondgeroth, a Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois, discusses how to use video in online learning. He shares tips for teachers and administrators on how to find helpful tools and content, and the importance of educator self-care during these times of change. [ learn more ]
5 Tips to Prepare for a Remote Classroom Due to Coronavirus
iCivics provides some tips for educators to keep the learning going outside of the school walls like preparing lesson packets or game play alternatives for students who may be without internet at home and creating some guidelines for students and their parents to help facilitate online learning at home. [ learn more ]
Tips and Resources for PreK-12 Online Learning with Equity in Mind
New America is providing guidance and resources focused on equity, quality, and a human-centered approach to the use of technology for learning. This resource page focuses on helping more students gain access to remote learning, how to engage parents in at-home learning, how to find and use openly-licensed digital learning materials as a part of distance learning, and how to choose and use digital media with young children. [ learn more ]
The Trust Project Lesson Plan
With misinformation and false rumors spreading rapidly due to the societal disruption caused by COVID-19, it’s important to help students know how to sort accurate journalism from imposter news stories and sites. Santa Clara University Library has developed a set of free curricular materials to help students use the Trust Indicators, developed by the Trust Project, as part of learning media literacy. [ learn more ]
Curated Resources for Educators
WNET is curating a list of free lessons and activities from WNET, PBS LearningMedia, and other trusted partners to help students learn at home. All resources are free and standards-aligned. The resource pages are broken out for educators, families, subject area, and middle- and high-school students. [ learn more ]
Educator Guides for Films
The Kunhardt Film Foundation hosts links to stream award winning films co-produced by HBO, lesson plans and discussion guides, as well as a rich collection of primary source photographs and an Interview Archive. Films on Martin Luther King, Jr., Bryan Stevenson, and Gloria Steinem are featured, with more added each month. [ learn more ]
Distance Learning Resource Page
Members of the Teaching for Democracy Alliance are working to create and elevate civic resources which may be useful to students and teachers dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. Resources include distance learning materials from the American Federation of Teachers, Facing History and Ourselves, and the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). [ learn more ]
Family and Student Resources
Social Media and Screen Time During a Pandemic
In a blog post, MediaSmarts discusses the quandary of being quarantined and the increase in screen time for kids. They offer general guidelines on how to moderate the amount of screen time kids have each day and other screen-free activities and resources that families can use in lieu of screen time. [ learn more ]
Ideas for @Home Learning
The Illinois Digital Educators Alliance has gathered resources to support educators during the planning and preparation for e-learning for all grade levels and learning platforms that are being used, with tips for social emotional learning, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity skills.
A National Listing of Free & Low-Cost Internet Plans
The COVID-19 health crisis has shed light on the need for home internet service, and the large number of American households who don’t have it. In this list of free and low-cost internet plans from the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, some internet service providers have responded with new or improved discount broadband plans that are available. [ learn more ]
Weekly Video Roundtables
The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture is launching a weekly Video Roundtable focused on the question, "How do we support youth and media in a pandemic?" These Video Roundtables, starting April 1, are free and open to all Youth Media Artists (ages 10-26) and Youth Media Practitioners (any age) around the world and in any discipline. Space is limited to 20 people. [ learn more ]
JBFC Kids: At Home Viewing
With so much online content, finding quality films for kids can be overwhelming. The Jacob Burns Film Center has selected some films including shorts, documentaries, animations, and silent films, that are ready to stream and fun for the whole family. [ learn more ]
Coronavirus: Lessons From Past Epidemics Documentary
This documentary from Retro Report looks at the race for a vaccine against COVID-19 and the parallels between the smallpox eradication campaign in the 1970s.
Free or Discounted Services
Cyber Civics Program
Through the Cyber Civics program, teachers and parents can use their lessons and activities to teach kids at home about how and why good citizenship is important. For schools planning to teach Cyber Civics next school year, they are giving their families immediate access to Cyber Civics lessons at no additional cost. [ learn more ]
Free Access to News-O-Matic for Schools and Students
News-O-Matic is offering a safe, age-appropriate resource for global news for students for free through June 30. Teachers or school leaders can receive free access for their class and the service is also free for families through the end of the school year. [ learn more ]
News Literacy Project Checkology Virtual Classroom
Educators and parents of students affected by coronavirus-related school closures in the United States can use the News Literacy Project’s Checkology Premium at no cost through the end of the school year. Checkology Premium gives students access to news literacy lessons about topics such as misinformation, understanding bias, and the watchdog role of the press and the use of algorithms in personalizing what people see online.
NewsGuard Removes Paywall
The NewsGuard browser extension, which costs $2.95/month, is now free for all users until July 1. The extension flags websites that have published COVID-19 hoaxes and other misinformation.
IREX Media Literacy Course Free for a Month
The Great Courses has opened IREX’s media literacy course (and all their content) free for a month, which can be a resource for educators looking for activities and virtual learning to share. Use the code FREEMO .
Project-Based Digital Storytelling Projects Free  
Meridian Stories has over 125 three- to four-week creative digital storytelling projects in STEAM, history and language arts for middle and high schoolers. These project-based challenges are now free for the rest of the school year. [ learn more ]
Newseum Ed Free Classes and Training
The Newseum can help provide students with virtual classes and resources to help cultivate First Amendment and media literacy skills essential to civic life.
Media Education Foundation Discounts
To help universities, colleges, and schools make the move to online learning, the Media Education Foundation is working with librarians, professors, and staff to provide alternative solutions. Their film collection is available for universities, high schools, and public libraries to stream on Kanopy. If your school or public library doesn’t already have access, all 1-year streaming subscriptions purchased through April 15 will be discounted to $100. Use the code RESILIENCE at checkout. [ learn more ]
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