Teaching with the News in a Time of Challenge and Change

11/13/2020 - 1:00pm

Grade levels: Professional Development, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Content areas: Library and Media, Professional Development

District/Organization: edWeb

In an age of filter bubbles and rapidly spreading misinformation, both educators and students must be self-reflective and analyze the personal biases and habits we bring with us as news consumers.

What do our students already know—or assume—about news sources? In order to teach information literacy skills effectively, what do educators need to know about students’ preferred platforms for engaging with news, such as YouTube and TikTok, and source types like Medium that defy easy categorization?

In this timely edWebinar, veteran educators Peter Adams and Jacquelyn Whiting offer practical, up-to-the-minute strategies for meeting young news consumers where they are and nudging them toward more critical engagement with the news sources they encounter online. Attendees will come away from the edWebinar with:
A deeper understanding of how mis- and disinformation circulate
Practical instructional strategies to strengthen students’ ability to categorize and understand the types of information sources they encounter online
Tips for teaching news literacy in a politically polarized time
Ready-to-use tools to help teachers and students debunk misinformation and rigorously evaluate news sources of all kinds

This edWebinar will be of interest to middle and high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders. There will be time for questions at the end of the presentation.