Teaching Media Literacy

Earlier this year, NPR reported on a Stanford study that showed students have trouble determining fake from real news.  While students are continually exposed to media, the critical thinking skills needed to identify fake news are lacking.

Teaching media literacy in the classroom has gained importance.

NPR’s Ed Team asked educators how they are teaching media literacy and received a lot of responses. Here are 5 ideas from around the country.

PBS NewsHour presents The Teacher’s Lounge, a blog that shares ideas for the classroom. A recent post by David Cutler who teaches American history, government and journalism at Brimmer and May, in Chestnut Hill, MA, explains how he uses George Washington to help kids recognize fake news.

Another post by  Victoria Pasquantonio, education editor at PBS NewsHour, gives her thoughts on helping kids become more  savvy about what they’re reading.



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