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October 8, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Checkology” Looks Like A Good Classroom Tool To Promote News Literacy


Checkology is an online program of the News Literacy Project.

Here’s how they describe it:

NLP’s checkology™ virtual classroom is a place where students discover how to navigate today’s challenging information landscape by using the core skills and concepts of news literacy.

The virtual classroom brings this vital skill set to life through a series of engaging digital experiences that use real-world examples of news and information and guided instruction from journalists and other experts.

You can sign-up for it free to project on a screen and use it as a whole-class exercise, which seems very doable, especially if you have small whiteboards that students can use or, in a higher-tech setting, “clickers.” The program basically a combination of short video clips with interactive questions. You can pay if you want to create a virtual classroom, though the site doesn’t say how much that premium addition would cost.

I’m adding it to The Best Tools To Help Develop Global Media Literacy.

You might also be interested in The Best Tools & Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More,

Thanks to Michelle Marchese for the tip.

October 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Hamilton” Cast Members Create Series Of Videos Urging People To Vote


Cast members of “Hamilton: The Musical” have created a series of videos urging people to vote. I’m thinking that these could be useful models for having students create their own.

I’m adding this post to The Best Teaching/Learning Resources On The Musical, “Hamilton.”

Thanks to Boing Boing for the tip.

October 7, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Here Are Resources On Helping Victims Of Matthew (& Learning About Hurricanes)


With devastation already in Haiti, and millions evacuating coastal areas in the United States, Hurricane Matthew appears to be a terrible storm.

How to Help Victims of Hurricane Matthew is from NBC in Los Angeles.

Here’s additional info on how to help from The Weather Channel.

I’ve also just updated and revised The Best Sites For Learning About Hurricanes.

October 5, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Vote Compass” Is An Interactive That Can Help Students Determine Their Position On Political Spectrum


Vote Compass is a new interactive from Vox that provides an accessible, though surprisingly sophisticated, way for anybody, including students, to determine where their political beliefs place them on the political spectrum.

You can find the tool here and an explanation of it here.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections.

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