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Artists, Information Literacy & Climate Change
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This unit explores the various ways information and ideas about climate change are presented through a variety of media. This includes the evaluation of social media posts, research into climate change issues, and an exploration of contemporary art and artists. This was designed and taught in an honors 9th grade English Language Arts Classroom by Dr. Tavia Quaid in response to student interest in climate change and to reinforce key information literacy skills.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Visual Arts
Environmental Studies
Reading Informational Text
Measurement and Data
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Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Author:
Shana Ferguson
Date Added:
04/21/2021
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Be Internet Awesome Website Guidance
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This guide walks you through the "Be Internet Awesome" Digital Citizenship games and curriculum created by Google for grades 2-6 (although older students might also enjoy the games). The games are extremely engaging and can be played on their own--or accompanied by their corresponding lessons. The lesson plans provide everything educators need to begin teaching this content in their classrooms

Subject:
Information Science
Communication
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Game
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Lesley James
Date Added:
11/17/2021
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Civic Online Reasoning Website Guidance
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This guide walks you through the Civic Online Reasoning curriculum from the Stanford History Education Group. Their extensive suite of lessons and assessments helps students acquire skills for thinking critically about the information they find online. The target audience is high school but some lessons can be adapted for younger students. 

Subject:
Information Science
Communication
Electronic Technology
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Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Lesley James
Date Added:
11/18/2021
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Common Sense Education Website Guidance
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This guide walks you through the part of the Common Sense website that focuses on K-12 Digital Citizenship curriculum. The lesson plans include everything educators need to begin teaching this content in their classrooms and many have accompanying high-quality videos. There are also engaging games for younger students and an interactive social media simulation for older students. Topics include: media balance & well-being, privacy & security, digital footprint & identity, relationships & comunication, cyberbullying, digital drama & hate speech, and news & media literacy. 

Subject:
Information Science
Communication
Electronic Technology
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Unit of Study
Author:
Lesley James
Date Added:
11/16/2021
Deepfakes: Exploring Media Manipulation
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Students examine what deepfakes are and consider the deeper civic and ethical implications of deepfake technology. In an age of easy image manipulation, this lesson fosters critical thinking skills that empower students to question how we can mitigate the impact of doctored media content. This lesson plan includes a slide deck and brainstorm sheet for classroom use.

Subject:
Film and Music Production
Speaking and Listening
World History
General Law
Political Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Shana Ferguson
Date Added:
08/06/2019
Digital Citizenship K-5th Grade Scope & Sequence
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This sequenced collection, curated by Seattle Public School educators, contains openly-licensed Digital Citizenship resources for K-5 educators.  

Subject:
Educational Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Anne Aliverti
Barbara Soots
Alicia Nygard
Nuzhat Mustafa
Kristi Leland
Amy Young
LeAnn Miller
Washington OSPI OER Project
Date Added:
06/24/2021
Digital Survival Skills Module 1: My Media Environment
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The information revolution of the 21st century is as significant and transformative as the industrial revolution of the 19th century. In this unit, students – and by proxy their families – will learn about the challenges of our current information landscape and how to navigate them. This unit is split into four modules. These modules can be done sequentially or stand on their own, depending on students’ needs and teachers’ timeframes. In this module (1 of 4), students analyze their own use of online social media platforms and learn how filter bubbles and confirmation bias shape the content of their media environment. 

Subject:
Information Science
Journalism
English Language Arts
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Module
Unit of Study
Author:
Liz Crouse
Shawn Lee
Date Added:
03/08/2020
Does Science Fiction Predict the Future? Inquiry Bases Media Literacy Unit
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Students will learn the potential costs and benefits of social media, digital consumption, and our relationship with technology as a society in the three-week lesson. This inquiry based unit of study will answer the following questions:

Essential Question: How can we use science fiction’s ability to predict the future to help humanity?

Supportive Questions 1: What predictions of future development has science fiction accurately made in the past? This can include technology, privacy, medicine, social justice, political, environmental, education, and economic.

Supportive Question 2: What predictions for future development in contemporary science fiction are positive for the future of humanity? What factors need to begin in your lifetime to make these predictions reality?

Supportive Question 3: What predictions for future development in contemporary science fiction are negative for the future of humanity? What factors need to begin in your lifetime to stop these negative outcomes?

Subject:
Information Science
Electronic Technology
Educational Technology
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Informational Text
Reading Literature
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Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Morgen Larsen
Date Added:
07/13/2020
Get Your Wikipedia Driver's License
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This 6 1/2 minute video introduces students to the pros and cons of using Wikipedia as an information source. There's a Google Form that can be used to check for understanding. Created by Lesley James, Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship Program Supervisor, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Subject:
Information Science
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Unit of Study
Author:
Lesley James
Date Added:
07/15/2022
Introduction to Civic Online Reasoning for Distance Learning
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This collection of lessons represent adapted and remixed instructional content for teaching media literacy and specifically civic online reasoning through distance learning. These lessons take students through the steps necessary to source online content, verify evidence presented, and corroborate claims with other sources.

The original lesson plans are the work of Stanford History Education Group, licensed under CC 4.0. Please refer to the full text lesson plans at Stanford History Education Group’s, Civic Online Reasoning Curriculum for specifics regarding background, research findings, and additional curriculum for teaching media literacy in the twenty-first century.

Subject:
Information Science
Business and Communication
Journalism
Educational Technology
Reading Informational Text
Social Science
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Author:
Adrienne Williams
Heather Galloway
Morgen Larsen
Rachel Obenchain
Stanford History Education Group-Civic Online Reasoning Project
Date Added:
06/08/2020
Introduction to Visual Media Literacy
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This social media literacy unit introduces students to foundational skills in analyzing images and social media posts. It also reenforces critical thinking questions that can be applied to various forms of media. This unit was taught to 9th grade students but is easily adaptible to a range of secondary classrooms. It was also taught in conjunction with another unit focused on social media platforms and content.

Subject:
Graphic Arts
Communication
Marketing
Electronic Technology
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Shana Ferguson
Date Added:
12/30/2020
Let's Get Social: Analyzing Social Media Platforms
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This unit engages students in a variety of activities that analyze and reflect on the role of social media in our everyday lives. This includes options for collaborative group work, reading nonfiction articles, a design challenge and presentations to communicate ideas. The unit also includes a formal writing assessment option that aligns with the Common Core State Writing Standards. Activities can be adapted or combined in a variety of ways to support student reflection and analysis. These lessons were piloted in 9th grade English classes but are suitable or a range of secondary students. 

Subject:
Communication
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Informational Text
Speaking and Listening
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Unit of Study
Author:
Shana Ferguson
Date Added:
02/08/2021
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News Literacy Project Website Guidance
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This guide walks you through the Checkology virtual classroom for grades 6-12 from the News Literacy Project. Students can move at their own pace through a wide variety of lessons that mostly focus on journalism and news literacy, but also cover misinformation, conspiracy theories, and other relevant topics.The lessons include videos of journalists and other experts, plus visually engaging interactive activities.

Subject:
Information Science
Communication
Journalism
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Interactive
Unit of Study
Author:
Lesley James
Date Added:
11/18/2021
Our On-line Identities
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This lesson invites students to use multiple forms of media, including their own Instagram accounts, to explore their on-line identities.  The lesson culminates in a personal, visual essay.  In the essay, students will use their own images as evidence. Then, students will reason about that evidence to compare what they see on their Instagram posts to their “real world” self. Using information from resources explored in class, students will include a discussion of “authenticity” and properly weave in quotes from those resources.

Subject:
Educational Technology
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Lauren McClanahan
Date Added:
04/06/2021
Propaganda & Animal Farm
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This unit is designed to accompany the study of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Resources encourage students to recognize a variety of propaganda techniques and to connect those techniques to media that they can find in their everyday lives. Resources also help students to understand the historical uses of propaganda by governments and political parties to influence public opinion. Resources can be used independently of the novel.

Subject:
Graphic Arts
Literature
Communication
Graphic Design
Composition and Rhetoric
World History
Political Science
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Lecture Notes
Lesson
Author:
Shana Ferguson
Date Added:
05/29/2021
Understanding algorithms and big data in the job market
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This interactive lesson helps students understand how companies use algorithms to sort job applicants. It also encourages students to reflect on how digital data mining also can contribute to the hiring process. Students examine resumes and digital data to consider the ways in which our data may open or close opportunities in an increasingly digitized hiring market.

Subject:
Computer Science
Information Science
Business and Communication
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson
Author:
Shana Ferguson
Date Added:
08/19/2019