Tag: Media Literacy

Educating Students to be Critical of Violent Media

Media literacy as a tool to promote peaceful classrooms At the beginning of the 21st century, about 8% of students reported being bullied. Currently it is not uncommon for 25% of students to report being bullied, and as many as 50% of students are cyber-bullied. It is critically important to address school violence for many

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Fight Fake News!

Four steps for helping students identify real news Teaching with current events has always been a vital way to help students become informed and engaged citizens. But the importance of news literacy has perhaps never been as critical as it is today, with the pronounced rise of deliberately misleading and patently fake news. While middle

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Hollywood or History: Greek Literature

Using Hollywood film and sources to analyze figures in Greek mythology There is no doubt that the use of Hollywood films in a classroom provides the students with a variety of benefits crucial to their learning and their understanding. Although movie day in a middle level classroom is typically viewed by students as a “blow

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Fact or Fiction: Fake News and its Impact on Education

How do we equip students with the tools to determine the validity of sources? On October 30, 2016, a white supremacist Twitter account’s tweet received more national recognition than expected. The tweet made claims that Hillary Clinton was at the center of a pedophilia ring. The Internet was set ablaze. Theories from the website Reddit

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The News Literacy Project

A tool to help students determine news they can trust It has been years since we’ve kept up with the world around us by reading the local paper over breakfast in the morning and watching the national news on television in the evening. The last two decades have seen an explosion of outlets churning out

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