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EDClasses & Training

Our EDClasses & Training workshops use the First Amendment to illuminate the challenges and ideals of our democracy.

  • Newseum Learning Center

    Fighting Fake News — Educators Workshop

    Arm your students with the skills they need to strike a balance between cynic and sucker as they navigate a media landscape where real and fake sometimes look all too similar.

    This class is for:

    • Educators
  • Newseum Learning Center

    Who's Afraid of Fake News? Responding to Misleading Media

    Even if your students can spot fake news, what should they do about it? Explore the real consequences of this phenomenon and how you can help your students shape the reach and impact of fake news. (In beta testing for 2017-2018 school year.)

    This class is for:

    • Educators
  • Newseum Learning Center, Documentary Theater and/or Virtually

    First Amendment and Tinker

    Students learn about the ground-breaking Supreme Court case that protected student speech in public schools.

    This class is for:

    • Students
  • Newseum Learning Center

    Battle for the Bill of Rights

    Through role-play and debate, students learn about Federalists, Antifederalists and the creation of the Bill of Rights.

    This class is for:

    • Students
  • Newseum Learning Center

    Fighting Fake News — Educators Workshop

    Arm your students with the skills they need to strike a balance between cynic and sucker as they navigate a media landscape where real and fake sometimes look all too similar.

    This class is for:

    • Educators
  • Newseum Learning Center

    Who's Afraid of Fake News? Responding to Misleading Media

    Even if your students can spot fake news, what should they do about it? Explore the real consequences of this phenomenon and how you can help your students shape the reach and impact of fake news. (In beta testing for 2017-2018 school year.)

    This class is for:

    • Educators
  • Newseum Learning Center and/or Documentary Theater

    Ace Reporter Challenge Scavenger Hunt

    In teams, race to solve five puzzles in the Newseum's galleries that culminate in an epic final challenge.

    This class is for:

    • Professionals
  • Newseum Learning Center and/or Documentary Theater

    Free Press in America

    Through a case-study format, participants learn about the five freedoms of the First Amendment, limits to the freedom of the press and discuss modern day challenges driven by new technologies.

    This class is for:

    • Professionals
  • Newseum Learning Center

    Media Ethics Team Building

    This one-hour enrichment program introduces principles of ethical journalism to your team and gets them debating how media cover today’s stories.

    This class is for:

    • Professionals
What are EDCollections?

EDCollections are curated sets of primary sources, lesson plans and interactives that illustrate the role of the First Amendment in U.S. history.

EDCollections

Our EDCollections provide in-depth explorations of key topics built on primary sources from the Newseum collection and interactive learning tools.

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    EDCollection

    Election 2016: Stumped!?

    Stumped by the media mayhem and roaring rhetoric of this presidential race? Get historical context and tools to demystify election procedures, decode campaign messages and make your voice matter.

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  • EDCollection
    EDCollection

    Freedom in the Balance

    The terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, forced us to reconsider the balance between protecting public safety and protecting First Amendment freedoms – our cornerstone rights of religious liberty, free expression and political action. Twenty-two case studies explore how this debate has evolved from friction among Founding Fathers to cybersecurity standoffs.

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EDIdeas

Find tips, collection highlights and breaking news connections from the NewseumED staff.

  • Case Study

    The Campus Speaker: A Case Study in Free Speech

    October 12, 2017

    Use this classroom-ready lesson to examine free-expression issues surrounding a controversial speaker invited to appear at UC Berkeley. We provide questions to help guide your students on if and when offensive speech should be banned, and what are the competing groups and interests.

  • Breaking News

    2017 Teacher Open House Recap & Resources

    October 12, 2017

    Here are links to presentations and resources from our teacher-to-teacher sessions on Oct. 7, as well as winners of our door prizes and photographs from this exciting day.

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