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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) 
Register: https://newslitproject.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zuyD7xEPTVe0QGwdkj7bvQ

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. 
Register: https://newslitproject.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kT2dgRaKTDW7Dt5cPLRaMA

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. 
Register: https://newslitproject.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XCuUGtjUQZufWMfgnxoTkQ

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. 
Register: https://newslitproject.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dEGvrAoKS2Sv45ynB2p7Og

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.

Sincerely,

John C. Silva, NBCT Director of Education E: jsilva@newslit.org

Written by 

Keith is an LMETS (Library Media Educational Technology Specialist) in Granite School District at Olympus High School in Holladay.