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Purpose

The purpose of this site is to gather high-quality online media literacy teaching resources and to encourage teachers to incorporate media literacy into their curricula.

Objectives of digital media literacy instruction

To teach students to

  • question sources,
  • draw evidence-based conclusions,
  • demand proof to support claims,
  • overcome cognitive dissonance, and
  • develop the Habit of Mind of metacognition.

Links to providers of media literacy instruction are listed on the "Instructional Tools" page.

Background Reading

"You're not going to believe what I'm about to tell you" A comic about cognitive dissonance and the backfire effect.

What is fake news?

"Moon Shot: Race, a Hoax, and the Birth of Fake News" by Kevin Young, The New Yorker

"How to Fight "Fake News" in a Post-Truth Environment" by Jillian Kestler-D'Amours, Aljazeera

"What Is Fake News? Its Origins and How It Grew in 2016" by James Carson, The Telegraph

What is its history?

"Ben Franklin Used Fake News" by Jeff Nilsson, The Saturday Evening Post

"Below the Belt" by Stephen T. Early, The Saturday Evening Post (retrieved via EBSCO)

The Russian Connection

"How Russia's Disinformation Campaign Could Extend Its Tentacles" by Vera Zakem, Commentary, National Public Radio

"Fake News in Reality" by Robert Schlesinger, Opinion, US News and World Report.

Committee members: Melinda Buterbaugh, Lauren Gordon Ruderman, Richard Mandl, Lourdes Ramos Quevedo

Updated: October 13, 2017