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Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world

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We were guaranteed a free press,  We were not guaranteed a neutral or a true press. We can celebrate the journalistic freedom to publish without interference from the state.  We can also celebrate our freedom to share multiple stories through multiple lenses. But it has always been up to the reader or viewer to make […]

Exploring news visually

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News junkie alert!  Check out IBM Watson’s News Explorer, a fascinating semantic strategy for navigating up-to-the-minute news, and lots of it. News Explorer presents and connects 300,00 articles a day from 70,000 sources including newspapers, radio and Twitter–visualizing this vast textual content into entities and concepts. The application uses Watson’s AlchemyData News API and allows […]

Kids news round-up

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We are so lucky to have available an array of kid-friendly current event options, rich with instructional resources, and mostly free! Here’s a round-up of some of my favorites. Newsela: This popular site organizes news by theme: War and Peace, Science, Kids, Money, Law, Health, Arts, and Sports.  There’s content written in Spanish. Users can […]

Fantasy Geopolitics

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Developed by Minnesota high school social studies teacher Eric Nelson, Fantasy Geopolitics is an easy, fun and social way to get learners thinking about our flattened world.  Nelson began the game in 2009 as a strategy to engage his own students at North Lakes Charter School. Leveraging the popularity and competition of fantasy sports, this […]

Media/news literacy resources too good to miss!

If you read this blog at all, you know I am a fan of Katherine Schulten’s posts for the New York Times Learning Network. This morning she outdid herself with a round-up of resources entitled: Skills and Strategies|Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources, in honor of News Engagement Day, coming up […]

Newseum offers resources on Baltimore

The Newseum is one of my favorite museums to visit, both physically and virtually. Established and supported in part by the Freedom Forum, the non-partisan museum’s mission is to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through exhibits, public programs and education. Its rich array of archived newspaper front pages from around the world is […]

Smithsonian TTribune for differentiating and engaging reading (& global conversation!)

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Looking for high quality news for all of your readers? The Smithsonian’s TTribune now offers K-12 teachers and librarians a carefully selected array of news content to meet the needs of all readers, including those who speak (or are learning) Spanish. The free content, includes text, images, audio and video–all available on any of these rich […]

Listen Current: Leveraging public radio for learning

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If, like me, you are a victim of the paralysis of driveway moments . . . If you are a devoted public radio listener who appreciates the power of quality journalism, the engagement of nonfiction storytelling, and the drama of the real voices you hear, and you always wish you could share that story you […]

JSTOR is even more librarian- and classroom-friendly

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This news from JSTOR makes me want to be a high school librarian again! If like me, you work or have worked with high school students and teachers who crave a challenge or lean toward the scholarly, you’ll be interested in the new developments from our friends at JSTOR. Officially launched in September, Research Basics […]

Newseum Education’s Digital Classroom

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The Newseum in Washington, DC has long been one of my favorite places to take students. The interactive museum, dedicated to media and journalism, now offers a Digital Classroom and you’ll want to add it to your go-to spaces for high quality, standards-based, document-driven instruction. Focused on historical inquiry, media literacy, critical thinking, document analysis, […]