News Literacy Project. PD options.

We recently asked educators what they most wanted us to feature in professional development webinars. Using that feedback, the News Literacy Project is holding a series of four free webinars, addressing essential news literacy topics, every Thursday in May (May 7, 14, 21 and 28) at 2 p.m. ET/11 a.m. PT:

Sessions descriptions and dates: (You must register for each one separately) 

What it means to be ‘news-literate’: The skills students need to know – May 7th 
We’ll provide an overview of the news literacy skills that students must learn to be reliably informed, such as recognizing the difference between news and opinion, identifying misinformation, evaluating evidence, using fact-checking and digital verification tools, and discerning various types and forms of bias. (Note: this is a repeat of the previous webinar on April 7th) 

Exploring the misinformation landscape – May 14th 
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. 

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. 

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. 

We are allotting 90 minutes for each session to ensure we are able to address all questions during the Q&A period. Following each webinar, we will share the recording as well as additional links and resources via email.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.


John C. Silva, NBCT Director of Education E:

Digital Resources for K-12 | Learning in the Age of COVID

Monday, April 27, 2020
2-3 PM ET, 11 AM-12 PM PT

It’s a new age for learning and education. Content and tools are widely available, but what are the best resources and how best to use them in this uncharted landscape? Join our panel of experts for a critical discussion about digital resources, along with curated recommendations and guidance on their use.

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Gary Price, MLIS, Co-Founder and Editor, Library Journal’s infoDOCKET

Melissa Techman, MLS, NBCT, School Librarian, Albemarle Co Public Schools


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Can’t make it April 27th? No problem!
Register now and we will email you when the webcast is available for on-demand viewing.

Lemma Shomali, Director of K-12 Products, Gale, A Cengage Company

Google PD

We had a great time at #UELMA! We would love to meet for more fun, but until we can–let’s keep the learning going with an online professional development.
April 24, 2020 10:00 – 11:30am MDT
Google’sbApplied Digital Skills
In this FREE virtual professional development workshop, librarians will learn how to use Applied Digital Skills. Applied Digital Skills is Google’s free online curriculum which prepares students for problem solving in a digital world while also teaching them practical digital skills. Google has created an entire curriculum, along with all the necessary lesson plan resources, to help educators teach these essential skills to students. Click here to register.
During the virtual workshop, librarians will:
● Learn about the program, the goals, design, and the “why” behind each
● Review the curriculum
● Experience some of the highlights of the program through guided exploration
● Reflect on how you may implement or share this program
How can this program help you (& your teachers) with Virtual Learning?
● Ready-To-Use content is already created and teacher resources are provided to support you when getting started with Applied Digital Skills.
● Applicable for all content areas and across many grade levels (4th grade – Adults)
● Student-Paced curriculum driven by video instructions for students to complete at their own time and pace.

Join us and join the growing community of educators from across the country utilizing Applied Digital Skills in their classrooms & libraries!

Reserve Your Spot Today!
Click here to register.

Februay PD

Here are the Continuing Ed events for February that are specific to school libraries. I have also included a link to the complete general calendar for the month that includes many more events covering the broader scope of libraries and management. Thank you to our Wyoming neighbors for this information.