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Understanding bias: A nuanced approach to a vital news literacy topic – May 28th 
Bias is one of the most controversial and important subjects in news literacy. People frequently perceive and allege bias in news coverage — but what does this really mean? What makes a piece of news biased, and who decides? What role do our own biases play in our perceptions of bias? In this session, we’ll help you teach this vital, complex topic in ways that empower students to meaningfully evaluate the fairness and impartiality of news coverage. 


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Teaching digital verification to spark news literacy learning – May 21st 
Dive deep into the tools and skills needed to verify the authenticity of information, and learn to create engaging fact-checking investigations that inspire students to investigate viral content. Topics include using reverse image searches to determine authenticity; researching domain registration to discover a website’s owner; using archivers to explore deleted or changed content; developing keen observation skills to detect false context; and using Google Street View to confirm locations. Access to News Literacy Project resources and classroom-ready examples is included. 

Know your “Fake News”

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Learn how to teach students to stop using the phrase “fake news” and to identify the many types of misleading, inaccurate and false information that they encounter every day. We use examples of misinformation to engage students in news literacy and civic learning, and we introduce digital verification skills and tools for debunking manipulated and false images. We also explain the standards of quality journalism, such as fairness, verification, balance and context. 

Follett Training

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Follett with Dave!

The shutdown changed everything, including the way we manage the library.  Suddenly, we needed to figure out how to do the normal tasks in a different way; and, it provided time to tackle some of those tasks that we’ve been meaning to do, but haven’t had time for (or, in some cases, haven’t ever done before).  Many people have the same questions so we meet weekly to discuss weeding, inventory, ordering, and other day-to-day tools to handle the job as we adapt to this strange new world.

He currently has been meeting with Davis, Granite, Salt Lake, Canyons, Provo, and a few districts in Idaho.

Check with your district library administrators for more information or contact Dave Brown to set up a time.