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Resources for Teachers

The resources listed here are intended as a convenience to teachers, parents and students. These websites are operated independent of Media Literacy Now. If you have a resource to add to this page, please let us know!

  • Tools for teachers

Media Literacy Now is partnering with Learnics to offer teachers and students a FREE Chrome extension, the ThinkingApp, that could play a pivotal role in promoting media literacy in the classroom. The ThinkingApp provides teachers and students with meaningful graphic information about how research is conducted on the internet. Teachers and researchers across the country are currently using the ThinkingApp in ways that are significantly impacting the teaching/learning process and promoting media literacy.
Go to Learnics.com for detailed  instructions for how you, the teacher, and your students can use this FREE tool.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Douglas Lare (clare@po-box.esu.edu).

 

  • Comprehensive

Center for Media Literacy is a pioneering educational organization that provides leadership, professional development and evidence-based educational resources. Using a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with media content, CML works to help citizens develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to participate fully in the 21st century media culture.

Center on Media and Child Health nurtures children’s health and development in media-rich environments.

Critical Media Project (CMP) is a free media literacy web resource for educators and students (ages 8-21) that enhances young people’s critical thinking and empathy, and builds on their capacities to advocate for change around questions of identity. CMP’s seeks to raise critical awareness, providing tools to decode media representations and encouraging youth to tell their own stories, create their own representations.

EPIK Deliberate Digital seeks to foster collaboration, conversation, and connection involving parents and youth, non-profits, businesses, government entities, educational institutions, faith-based organizations, and others to help create a positive digital culture.

KQED Teach offers a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on Digital Media. Educators can build skills in digital storytelling, data visualization, and critical media use to support all curriculum areas.

Media Education Foundation produces and distributes documentary films and other educational resources to inspire critical thinking about the social, political, and cultural impact of American mass media.

Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island advances media literacy education through research and community service. We emphasize interdisciplinary scholarship and practice that stands at the intersections of communication, media studies and education.

Media Literacy Clearinghouse is Frank Baker’s extensive database of classroom resources organized by medium, concept and teaching standard.

Media Power Youth provides curricula, professional development, and workshops to build media literacy knowledge and critical-thinking skills to navigate a media-rich world. Our mission is to teach youth to consume and create media safely and responsibly, reaping all of its benefits while recognizing the influence it can have on physical and mental health, decision-making, and relationships.

MediaSmarts is Canada’s not-for-profit centre for digital and media literacy.

PBS LearningMedia / WGBH provides news and media literacy materials including videos, blog articles, student handouts, lesson plans, and tip sheets for families.

Project Look Sharp is a nonprofit, mission driven outreach program of Ithaca College committed to helping K-16 educators enhance students’ critical thinking, metacognition, and civic engagement through media literacy materials and professional development.

Take Two Media Initiative’s mission is to transform education with the power of video and media literacy, because the people who control the narrative, control the future.

#DigCitUtah Resources Library contains over 200 resources curated and categorized by EPIK Deliberate Digital as a free resource for school community councils, parents, educators, and administrators. Most of these categories involve knowing how to identify and avoid harmful content and behavior and to be aware of the many ramifications of technology use. But there is much more to digital citizenship!

 

  • Grades K-6

Jacob Burns Film Center supports educators with curriculum for innovative literacy education. Pre-K through grade 12 programs focus on critical analysis, creative collaboration, and multimedia communication.

Media Detective is a school-based media literacy education program to help 3rd-5th grade students avoid using alcohol and tobacco products (including e-cigarettes). Media Detectives Snoop and Scoop teach students strategies advertisers use to persuade people to use alcohol and tobacco products as well as the missing health information about what really happens when you use substances.

Media Ready is a school-based media literacy education program designed to delay or prevent the use of substance use in middle school. Media Ready teaches students critical thinking skills to identify the implied messages in advertising as well as to uncover the missing information that is left out of advertising – namely the health effects of drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and vaping.

News-O-Matic is the Daily News Just for Kids. It publishes original news content at multiple reading levels for ages 6 to 14. Native speakers translate the articles into Spanish, French, and Arabic (in text and audio). Infographics, videos, and quizzes reinforce nonfiction literacy skills. Each article includes comprehensive citations for young readers to gain critical media literacy skills.

Resisting Scientific Misinformation in conjunction with WGBH’s NOVA, Andy Zucker and Penny Noyce created a one-week unit for grades 6-12 that helps young students distinguish scientific misinformation from reality.

White Ribbon Week is a one-week sequence for elementary schools on internet safety, healthy online habits and critical thinking about media.

 

  • Grades 7-12

Cyber Civics is a comprehensive middle school digital literacy program that helps youth become ethical, thoughtful, and smart digital citizens. Weekly, in-classroom lessons and engaging activities cover digital citizenship, information literacy, and media literacy. Schools and community organizations in 44 U.S. states and internationally deliver this turnkey program.

FoolProofMe provides financial literacy curriculums with a media literacy component for middle and high school teachers as well as home school parents and individuals.

Jacob Burns Film Center supports educators with curriculum for innovative literacy education. Pre-K through grade 12 programs focus on critical analysis, creative collaboration, and multimedia communication.

Lamplatoon: We Put Ads on Notice lets students comment on advertising by directly editing commercials.

Media Aware for Middle and High School programs are comprehensive sexual health programs for middle and high school students. Many adolescents learn about sex from media, but the messages they’re exposed to are not always accurate or healthy. The Media Aware programs give students both medically-accurate sexual health information and the tools to think critically about the media they consume.

Media World teaches high school students the skills they need to think critically about pro-substance use media messages, produce media, and be media advocates. The program includes factual information and links to media examples about tobacco and alcohol products, vaping, steroids, marijuana, prescription drugs (e.g., opioids), and even highly caffeinated beverages.

PBS LearningMedia / WGBH provides news and media literacy materials including videos, blog articles, student handouts, lesson plans, and tip sheets for families.

Resisting Scientific Misinformation, in conjunction with WGBH’s NOVA, Andy Zucker and Penny Noyce created a one-week unit for grades 6-12 that helps young students distinguish scientific misinformation from reality.

 

  • Civics / News Literacy

Cyber Civics is a comprehensive middle school digital literacy program that helps youth become ethical, thoughtful, and smart digital citizens. Weekly, in-classroom lessons and engaging activities cover digital citizenship, information literacy, and media literacy. Schools and community organizations in 44 U.S. states and internationally deliver this turnkey program.

Generation Citizen offers an Action Civics course that includes media analysis and media production.

iCivics was founded by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to improve civic knowledge and participation. Includes a Media and Influence unit.

News-O-Matic is the Daily News Just for Kids. It publishes original news content at multiple reading levels for ages 6 to 14. Native speakers translate the articles into Spanish, French, and Arabic (in text and audio). Infographics, videos, and quizzes reinforce nonfiction literacy skills. Each article includes comprehensive citations for young readers to gain critical media literacy skills.

News Literacy Project empowers educators to teach students the skills they need to become smart, active consumers of news and other information and engaged, informed participants in civic life.

 

  • Digital Citizenship

Common Sense offers a library of independent age-based ratings and reviews for movies, books, games, apps, TV shows, websites, and music. It offers a K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum which helps kids to make ethical decisions in the digital world.

Cyberwise provides online safety information and resources for parents and teachers.

DigCitUtah Resources Library contains over 200 resources curated and categorized by EPIK Deliberate Digital as a free resource for school community councils, parents, educators, and administrators. Most of these categories involve knowing how to identify and avoid harmful content and behavior and to be aware of the many ramifications of technology use. But there is much more to digital citizenship!

Social Assurity delivers innovative student-centric social media training and strategies for help with college admissions, scholarships, internships, and career goals.

White Ribbon Week is a one-week sequence for elementary schools on internet safety, healthy online habits and critical thinking about media.

 

  • Gender

Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in partnership with USA TODAY Education, provides a series of Media Literacy lessons focused on gender, self-image and equality.

SPARK Movement arms activists, educators, community leaders, and girls themselves to foster coalition and partnerships in order to ignite and support a global young antiracist feminist movement.

The Representation Project uses film and media as catalysts for cultural transformation to inspire individuals and communities to challenge limiting gender stereotypes and shift norms. Lesson plans to go with their films are available free to public schools.

 

  • Health

Media Aware for Middle and High School programs are comprehensive sexual health programs for middle and high school students. Many adolescents learn about sex from media, but the messages they’re exposed to are not always accurate or healthy. The Media Aware programs give students both medically-accurate sexual health information and the tools to think critically about the media they consume.

Media Aware for Young Adults is an evidence-based, online program that seeks to deepen students’ understanding of the influence media have on their decisions and helps to develop their critical thinking and behavioral skills to prevent sexual assault, sexually transmitted infections, and unplanned pregnancy.

Media Aware Parent was designed to empower parents to help their teens to make informed and healthy decisions. The program includes medically-accurate information and proven techniques to help parents have effective conversations with their teens about topics like sex, relationships, gender roles, internet safety, and more. Go beyond “the talk” and become a Media Aware Parent!

Media Detective is a school-based media literacy education program to help 3rd-5th grade students avoid using alcohol and tobacco products (including e-cigarettes). Media Detectives Snoop and Scoop teach students strategies advertisers use to persuade people to use alcohol and tobacco products as well as the missing health information about what really happens when you use substances.

Media Ready is a school-based media literacy education program designed to delay or prevent the use of substance use in middle school. Media Ready teaches students critical thinking skills to identify the implied messages in advertising as well as to uncover the missing information that is left out of advertising – namely the health effects of drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and vaping.

Media World teaches high school students the skills they need to think critically about pro-substance use media messages, produce media, and be media advocates. The program includes factual information and links to media examples about tobacco and alcohol products, vaping, steroids, marijuana, prescription drugs (e.g., opioids), and even highly caffeinated beverages.