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Newseum Education has raided the reporter’s toolbox to create a collection of newsroom-tested tips and strategies that help students find the information they need to avoid the fakes, hoaxes and misinformation clogging their news feeds.

Fact Finder: Your Foolproof Guide to Media Literacy is the newest EDCollection, or curated set of resources, on the NewseumED website that is free with registration.

“Fact Finder recognizes where students are – on Google, Snapchat, Instagram, wherever – and gives them the tools they need to recognize different types of content on those platforms, analyze search results, and objectively evaluate reports on controversial topics,” said Anna Kassinger, NewseumED curriculum director.

These tools and more are tackled in Fact Finder’s 11 flexible, multimedia lesson plans with teacher keys and worksheets. Eight skill-building lesson plans introduce essential media literacy concepts, such as bias and sources, through engaging explainer videos and colorful infographics that help students revisit, retain and apply the key concepts. Three reporting lessons help students take what they’ve learned and apply it to their own content creation, inspired by the issues that matter to them.

In addition, a News or Noise? media map provides a collection of reports — some factual or credible, some not — on six topics, ranging from the Pokémon Go craze to Hurricane Harvey to the Children’s Crusade, ready for students to analyze and evaluate with the support of worksheets and discussion prompts.

Fact Finder was made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor and the Present Progressive Fund at Schwab Charitable.

NewseumED, part of the Freedom Forum Institute, provides free, quality resources that learners of all ages need to cultivate an understanding of First Amendment freedoms and media literacy skills essential to civic life. It has a digital reach of more than 12 million people and presents free classes at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., for some of the 200,000 students who visit each year.

In addition to the 1,100-plus online primary sources, videos, lesson plans and artifacts, NewseumED has EDCollections on the civil rights and woman suffrage movements, civil liberties versus public safety, elections, media literacy, and an upcoming collection on free speech.  Each EDCollection provides an immersive learning experience and is aligned to national standards, including Common Core, ISTE and NCSS C3 frameworks.

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  • From Facts to Firewalls: Leading Free Speech Debates

    Get the First Amendment background and media literacy techniques to help students understand where and how they can exercise freedom of expression in a world of social media and social protests.

  • Is It Fair? Evaluate Your Media

    Are accusations of bias clogging your news feed? Are your students quick to point out that something's unfair — but not as ready to explain why? Tune up your “fairness meter” to assess how objective or biased content really is.

  • The Civil War: From the Front Lines to the Front Pages

    Students see how technology affected news coverage and public perception of the Civil War, then create their own front pages with breaking news, maps and telegrams.

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