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Animoto for Education
Animoto provides an array of tools for creating videos in your classroom. Browse some of the features and check out how others are using this tool.
Creating Effective Poster Presentations
A great guide for students to learn about how to create an awesome poster presentation.
Learn How to Make a Presentation
Teacher Wynne gives viewers tips on how to give a great oral presentation.
Prezi is tool for creating dynamic presentations. Create your own Prezi by using one of the templates provided.
An add-on extension for the Chrome browser that lets teachers easily capture their screen commands in a video. Videos can be edited and marked up.
This rubric for evaluating websites comes from Galileo Educational Network. Use 11 different elements of a website, including layout, sources and content for evaluation.
Research & Evaluation
50 Mini-Lessons For Teaching Students Research Skills
This post outlines 50 ideas for activities to help students learn research and citation skills.
Common Sense Media: Fake or Real (poster)
This is a downloadable poster (recommended grades 6-8) that you can hang in your classroom. Help your students evaluate the websites that they're using.
Common Sense Media: News & Media Literacy Educator Toolkit
This is a collection of news and media literacy resources to help your students (various grade levels) explore the implications of the information they create, share, and consume. They'll develop skills that can help them go beyond fake news to identify the most reliable sources.
Google Search Education
Google has a collection of helpful lesson plans, videos and presentations for improving your search skills or teaching the skills in a classroom.
This is a search engine that also offers tools to help kids learn to be better searchers.
MediaSmarts: Deconstructing Web Pages
In this lesson, for grades 7-12, students apply the “5Ws" to online resources. Students use their skills to authenticate the information in an online article about the artificial sweetener, aspartame.
MediaSmarts: Digital Literacy Framework Grades 7-9
Check out this selection of teaching resources drawing on seven key aspects of digital literacy and connected to curriculum; each lesson has one or more icons to indicate which digital literacy themes it covers.
MediaSmarts: How to recognize false content online - the new 5 Ws
Did you know that almost a quarter of adults have shared a false news story? This is a great new resource with advice on how to identify hoaxes and other false content.
MediaSmarts: Quick Tips for Authenticating Online Information
This is a tip sheet designed to help parents help their kids do homework and research online. Find (reliable) information more effectively.
MediaSmarts: Reality Check Game
This is a collection of engaging "missions" during which students read a story on a social network feed; the story might be entirely true, entirely false, or somewhere in between. Students click on different parts to see the clues and then decide how reliable the story is and how to respond. Each scenario is designed to be played in 15 minutes or less.
This news literacy program aims to equip students in grades 4 - 12 with skills to assess information online, determine what sources are accurate and credible, and build awareness of journalism’s role in democracy. The resources, including lessons and videos, are themed: Journalism, The News, The Internet, Fake News and Verification.
Questioning Toolkit: Hughes Middle School
Help your students to form essential questions for the research papers by showing them different ways to probe a topic. This webpage offers examples of 7 different types of questions.
Reading Ready Player One: Exploring the Hyper-Real & Fake News
This classroom resource, based on the book Ready Player One and created by an educator, has discussion ideas, videos and interviews. The resource promotes critical literacy and the importance of understanding how ideas are constructed and shared.
Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information
This article has four sections addressing recent findings about how adolescents do research: critical evaluation, modelling and practice, prompting and healthy skepticism.
TED: How to Spot a Misleading Graph
When they’re used well, graphs can help us intuitively grasp complex data. But as visual software has enabled more usage of graphs throughout all media, it has also made them easier to use in a careless or dishonest way — and as it turns out, there are plenty of ways graphs can mislead and outright manipulate. Lea Gaslowitz shares some things to look out for.
Fact Checking Sites
Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center
A site that is dedicated to identifying sources of misinformation (aka 'fake news') about the corona virus
A fact-checking website with an established history of journalistic rigor that partners with Facebook to combat viral fake news. It is focused on US politics
A UK-based fact checking site that is known for it's neutrality.
Lead Stories is a lesser-known website that helps users fact-check information. The website debunks fake news across a variety of beats, including entertainment, tech, politics, and international news.
Media Bias Fact Check
An excellent bias rating resource -- this site examines sourcing, biased wording, story choices, and political affiliation.
PolitiFact is a non-partisan fact-checking website that focuses on political claims made in the US.
Politifact - Global News Service
The global edition of PolitiFact reports on the truth of news stories outside of the United States
Snopes started out as a site that mainly dealt with urban legends, myths, common misconceptions, rumors, and conspiracy theories. However, it has expanded to encompass general fact-checking of viral misinformation, including political statements.
TruthOrFiction.com is one of the longest-running fact-checking sites out there. While it initially focused on looking at internet hoaxes and rumors, it has extended its range to include general fake news as well.
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