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Judging Fact, Fiction and Everything In-Between: Teaching Media Literacy

This broad overview of media literacy focuses on easy-to-use tools and techniques for deconstructing information in a variety of media, from historic newsreels to histrionic websites.

Is Wikipedia reliable? How do you distinguish fact from rumor? What news source is trustworthy? From social media posts to "citizen journalist" reports to traditional news media, today’s students face questions about the origins, reliability and attribution of information everywhere they turn. As digital natives who’ve been online their whole lives, they have a unique perspective on these issues, but they still need guidance to ask the right questions and find the answers. This broad introduction to media literacy provides a set of easy-to-use tools teachers can share with their students to deconstruct the information they encounter online, in print, on social media or on TV. Participants will model specific strategies and resources they can bring to their classroom to foster increased media literacy across subject matters, with special attention to developing research skills.

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Workshops include an interactive lesson with a Newseum educator, a packet of resources and teaching strategies, and a gallery exploration guide. 

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  • Topics:
    Journalism
    News & Media
  • Theme:
    Media Literacy
  • Level:
    Educators
  • Cost:
    Call for pricing
  • Duration:
    90 minutes - options for longer programs are available
  • Days Offered:
    Monday through Friday
  • Time Offered:
    between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Capacity:
    max 36 participants in the Learning Center
  • Minimum Enrollment:
    12 participants
  • Grade:
    Professional Development
  • Format:
    At the Newseum

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