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How to Evaluate Any News Content for Reliability and Bias
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Modern news literacy presents a unique challenge. Because there are so many news sources out there, true news literacy requires learning skills to evaluate any piece of content, especially if the source is unfamiliar. Today’s news consumers encounter news content everywhere on social media and the Internet generally. It is insufficient to use old shortcuts or simple tips. In this session, we will cover step-by-step methods that allow readers to evaluate any news content for reliability and bias.
BONUS: How to Evaluate Any News Content for Reliability and Bias blog article.
Strategies for Discussing Difficult Political Topics
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Teaching news literacy in today’s polarizing environment necessarily involves discussing political issues in the classroom. Often, polarizing news and misinformation vilifies and dehumanizes political opponents, which makes it even more difficult to read such content together. In this session, we will discuss how to address political topics in a way that humanizes students’ experiences and builds understanding.
BONUS: Facing Polarization Head-On: Strategies for Discussing Difficult Political Topics When Teaching News Literacy blog article
Evaluating Conspiracy Theories and Meme-Based Misinformation
Thursday, October 22, 2020 @ 3:00PM ET
Do you ever come across something on your social media feed that is just so outlandish that you can’t possibly understand why someone would believe it or be persuaded by it? Conspiracy theories and illogical memes are rampant because they employ rhetorical devices, tropes, and logical fallacies that are inaccurate, yet compelling. They are also hard to explain and combat. In this session, we will learn how to identify these patterns and teach students to watch out for them.
BONUS: Evaluating Conspiracy Theories and Meme-Based Misinformation blog article, publishing October 20th
Strategies for Incorporating News Literacy into Any Curriculum and Being Confident in Evaluating News Content from Any Source
Thursday, October 29, 2020 @ 3:00PM ET
Nearly every academic subject requires students to have basic news literacy competence. However, for educators who don’t regularly teach the topic, it can be intimidating to take on the challenge of showing students how to figure out what sources to trust if they aren’t fully confident about what to trust themselves. This session will cover step-by-step strategies to get you comfortable with incorporating news literacy exercises that improve your skills and your students’ skills at the same time.
BONUS: Strategies for Incorporating News Literacy into Any Curriculum and Being Confident in Evaluating News Content from Any Source blog article, publishing October 27th
All sessions are free of charge and are 60 minutes.
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