Media Literacy helps students develop the skills they need to evaluate the information presented to them from print, internet, video, television, social media, and any other forms of media. Students need to learn to analyze and evaluate the credibility of the information presented to them through various media platforms. These skills will help them become critical thinkers and better decision makers as they become future discerning adults in our society. Listed below are resources to help students learn how to evaluate, fact check, critically analyze the information so they can become responsible digital citizens.

What is Media Literacy?

  • What does it mean?

  • Why is it important to students?

  • What skills are part of being Media Literate?

Videos to help you understand Media Literacy...click on the URL to VIEW the video.

https://youtu.be/GIaRw5R6Da4 - What is Media Literacy Introduction

https://youtu.be/ZaMzYDe0taY- The Importance of Media Literacy

Weblinks to help explain Media Literacy..click on the title to OPEN the weblink.

https://medialiteracynow.org/what-is-media-literacy/ - Brief overview of Media Literacy

How Media Influences You?

  • How do media influences viewers?

  • How do our brains influence us?

  • How do our emotions influence us?

  • How do bias influence us in the media?

Videos to help you understand influences of media messages...click on the URL to VIEW the video.

https://youtu.be/ipdojPxYC4o - How media influences viewers

https://youtu.be/dNmwvntMF5A - Why our brains love fake news

https://youtu.be/vOVyK2jq4yU - How Bias in Media influences us

https://youtu.be/u4SIlJE0Qs0 - How emotions influence and manipulate us

Document & Lesson to guide you...click on the title to OPEN the document.

Link to Media Bias Chart - Diagram of all the news sources and their bias standings.

Recognizing Emotional Triggers Lesson - Practice media influence lesson

What is Fake News?

  • What is fake news?

  • How does it spread?

  • Who spreads fake news?

Videos to help you understand Fake News..click on the URL to VIEW the video.

https://youtu.be/z4fwJHhv6ZY - News Report about Fake News

https://youtu.be/UAy6PI5UtSU - Who starts false viral news?

https://youtu.be/cSKGa_7XJkg - How Fake News Spreads

Weblinks to help explain Media Literacy..click on the title to OPEN the weblink.

https://www.webwise.ie/teachers/what-is-fake-news/ - Fake News Explained

Documents to guide you...click on the title to OPEN the document.

Infographic on Spotting Fake News - Guide to help students spot fake news

Fact Checking Guide - Use this checklist to help you fact check

Fact Checking News

  • Can you verify the facts of the news story?

  • Is there a unbiased/biased opinion being presented?

Videos to help you fact check news reports..click on the URL to VIEW the video.

https://youtu.be/7A55c_KaBpw - News Report About How to Fact Check

https://youtu.be/h4jEU7kqJIk - Quick overview of Fact Checking Websites

Fact checking websites to verify the facts...click on the title to OPEN the weblink.

https://www.bbc.com/news/reality_check

https://www.factcheck.org/

https://toolbox.google.com/factcheck/explorer

https://www.snopes.com/

https://www.politifact.com/

Lesson to guide you through the process...click on the title to OPEN the document.

Fact Checking Lesson - Practice using Fact Checking websites

Evaluating Websites

  • Is the information on the website accurate?

  • Do you know who the author/sponsor of the website is?

  • Is the information current?

Videos to help you with evaluating websites..click on the URL to VIEW the video.

https://youtu.be/2WJN-U4j2_A - An explanation of the CRAAP Test

Documents to help you evaluate websites...click on the title to OPEN the document.

CRAAP Website Evaluation - Not all websites are quality websites. Use this to help evaluate the websites you will use to gather information for your research.

Lesson to guide you through the process...click on the title to OPEN the document.

Website Evaluation Chart - Use this chart to evaluate websites

Website Evaluation Lesson - Practice evaluating websites using CRAAP

Reverse Image Search

  • Where did the image come from?

  • Can the image be verified?

Videos to help you fact check news reports..click on the URL to VIEW the video.

https://youtu.be/p5e9wTdAulA - How to do a Google reverse image search

Lesson to guide you through the process...click on the title to OPEN the document.

Reverse Image Search Lesson - Practice doing a reverse image search

Other Media Literacy Resources to Explore

Center for Media Literacy - Articles, PPT slides, & resources to support Media Literacy

Checkology - Lessons to teach students about media bias and misinformation

Common Sense Media - Articles, lessons, and resources to learn about Media Literacy.

Nearpod Media LIteracy Lesson - Lessons created using Nearpod on Media Literacy