California teacher Stacy Yung reflects on her three days at the Newseum learning new ways to incorporate media literacy and citizenship in her classroom.
July 20, 2017
Stacy Yung, a participant in our 2017 NewseumED Summer Teacher Institute, teaches history and provides educational technology training for teachers in her school district in Orange County, Calif. You can read a recap from fellow participant Kimberly Johnson here.
In May, I applied for and was accepted to the NewseumED Summer Teacher Institute on “Truth, Lies and Consequences: Real Media Literacy for a Fake News World.” What immediately drew me to this institute was the focus on media literacy, especially as an 8th grade U.S. history teacher. The new California History-Social Science Framework adopted in 2016 now focuses more on content, inquiry, literacy, and citizenship. It fit perfectly with the goals of the NewseumED Summer Teacher Institute in helping me gain strategies incorporating media literacy in my classroom with an emphasis on citizenship.
This three-day institute was thoughtfully designed and structured to support the different experiences and needs of the attendees. In our cohort, we had ELA, history/social studies, librarians, media techs, and even a math teacher all working towards the goal of finding better ways to teach and incorporate media literacy in our classrooms or schools.
Institute Overarching Goal:
Adapt the content, tools and strategies presented in order to broaden and/or deepen your media literacy teaching and support in ways that will benefit your students and your peers.
Institute Guiding Questions:
- What skills, knowledge and strategies do students need to be informed and empowered citizens in a media-rich world?
- How can educators incorporate this content in novel and effective ways and overcome potential obstacles?
Day 1 – Fighting Fake News
What tools can students use to effectively and efficiently navigate their media-dense world?
(Poster: NewseumED) (Image: Stacy Yung)
Interested in seeing more from Day 1? Click here for the Storify Day 1 recap.
Day 2 – Responding to Fake News
How should students react to fake and/or misleading information?
Another topic we discussed was audience and purpose of news depending on the author. Other than journalists, authors of news can also be amateur journalists, advertisers, and/or troublemakers. This is often when fake news happens. We practiced looking at how these authors could take information and spin it into something different depending on their purpose and audience. What made this more exciting was doing this using civil rights headlines from historical newspapers with Kat again.
Day 3 – Teaching Controversial Topics
What support do students need to engage with controversial topics and diverse perspectives?
We then got a tour of the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery by Patty Rhule, the Newseum director of exhibit development. This was one of my favorite exhibits and by the end of our time there, everyone was left speechless or teary eyed after experiencing the many heart-wrenching photographs in that exhibit.
What I found really cool was if you download the Newseum app, the gallery used augmented reality to pull up a video of the photographer explaining the photograph. What?!
In summary, this was an awesome opportunity to learn from the educators at Newseum and NewseumED. There were so many great examples and lessons shared that is so easily adaptable for my classes. I am also excited to share these with my school’s librarian and the English teachers as media literacy can be taught in many different content areas. We have some follow up reflections that we will need to complete and share. If you’d like to continue to see what we’re up to, follow the #NEDucator hashtag and NewseumED on Twitter! Interested in seeing more from Day 3? Click here for the Storify Day 3 Recap.
Thank you to Barbara M., Maggie, Adam, Talisa, Barbara P., Katharine, Jessi, Kim, Kelly, Kat, Patty, NewseumED, and Newseum for this amazing unforgettable experience! Thank you Wells Fargo for sponsoring it!
A NewseumED share-worthy poster to leave you with.