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Resources for Educators & Librarians

The resources listed here are intended as a convenience to educators, librarians, 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 Educators

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).

 

  • Professional Development

Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME) provides professional-development trainings for classroom teachers and working professionals.

Media Savvy Citizens specializes in media literacy professional development, including training, mentoring and workshops.

PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification by KQED demonstrates your skills as an educator in using multiple forms of media and communication. PBS and KQED offer a set of free media literacy micro-credentials that validate media literacy skills and classroom implementation practices. These competency-based micro-credentials provide the pathway to earning certification as a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator.

 

  • Comprehensive

Association for Media Literacy (AML) is a Canadian-based association of teachers, librarians, consultants, parents, cultural workers, and media. AML offers a variety of classroom resources (lesson plans, frameworks, online resources), training programs, workshops, consulting and a Media Studies Additional Qualifications course for teachers in Ontario.

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.

Common Sense Education provides a variety of media literacy resources including courses and curriculum, research on media literacy, a news and media literacy resource center as well as a list of other media literacy organizations worth exploring.

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 offers a variety of resources including; KQED Learn which provides early childhood through upper elementary level, standards-aligned classroom resources and educator professional development courses;  and KQED Teach’s Media Academy for Educators which offers a series of professional learning courses for PreK-12 classroom teachers, librarians and TOSAs.

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.  MLC provides a curated list of PBS Learning Media videos that would be helpful for any teacher who wanted to teach media literacy.

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 a Canadian-based organization that has been developing digital and media literacy programs and resources for Canadian homes, schools and communities since 1996. They support adults with information and tools so they can help children and teens develop the critical thinking skills they need for interacting with the media.

The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) provides a wide range of resources including detailed strategies and information for how to conduct Media Literacy Week in your school, city or state, a List of Schools and Organizations specializing in media literacy and the Journal of Media Literacy Education, an online interdisciplinary journal that supports the development of research, scholarship and the pedagogy of media literacy education.

PBS LearningMedia / WGBH provides news and media literacy materials including videos, blog articles, student handouts, lesson plans, and tip sheets for families. Frank Baker’s Media Literacy Clearinghouse provides a curated list of PBS Learning Media videos that would be helpful for any teacher who wanted to teach media literacy.

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

BrainPOP provides a variety of K-12 digital citizenship and media literacy lessons and activities.

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

BrainPOP provides a variety of K-12 digital citizenship and media literacy lessons and activities.

Navigating Digital Information by CrashCourse is a 10-part YouTube series to help students evaluate the information they read online. Created in partnership with MediaWise, The Poynter Institute, and The Stanford History Education Group.

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.

Facebook’s Digital Literacy Library provides a series of media literacy lessons that are drawn from the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University. This is part of the Facebook Journalism Project.

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.

 

  • Race & Social Justice

Critical Media Project provides a variety of resources that address race & ethnicity. Their lesson plan helps students learn how to critically analyze a range of media examples and their representations of race and ethnicity.

Facing History and Ourselves resources provide lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate. The website section Media Literacy: Democracy & Civic Engagement, helps students connect choices made in the past to those they will confront in their own lives.

Media Education Foundation provides a variety of films that examine the role of race in America.

MediaSmarts explores issues of diversity representation in the media and showcases efforts to counter stereotyping and promote more accurate portrayals.

Project Look Sharp provides a set of lessons that use different approaches to the integration of media literacy and critical thinking into teaching about social justice.

Teaching Tolerance provides a digital literacy framework that addresses seven key areas in which students need support developing digital and civic literacy skills. The final lesson teaches students to evaluate the value of the internet as a mechanism of civic action.

 

  • COVID-19 Pandemic

Common Sense Education has created a dedicated resource page to help reduce student, parent and teacher anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic. The page includes ideas and resources focused on news literacy, media balance, and healthy communication.

NAMLE provides a variety of COVID-19 resources including a paged dedicated to Coronavirus Resources: Misinformation, Teaching & Articles as well as a List of their Organizational Media Literacy Partners who are providing COVID-19 resources on their own websites.

News Literacy Project created a dedicated COVID-19 resource page that includes free resources for educators, students and the general public.

Project Look Sharp has compiled a series of new resources that include lessons that focus on COVID-19 and the Infodemic, as well as print and video resource for teaching media decoding.

 

  • Civics / News Literacy

Center for News Literacy is part of Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism and offers a variety of resources including the Digital Resource Center, a clearinghouse for online training programs, innovative exercises, lectures and curriculum materials for students, teachers, and college instructors.

Civic Online Reasoning (COR) is a civics curriculum developed by the Stanford History Education Group as part of MediaWise. The project was supported by Google as part of their Google News Initiative. The curriculum provides free lessons and assessments to help teach students to evaluate online information. The site includes a section with links to the published research that form the basis of the COR curriculum.

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.

NewseumED provides a wide range of news literacy related resources and programs including standard-aligned lesson plans, interactive learning tools, virtual classes (all age groups) and professional training.

 

  • Digital Citizenship

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.

Teen Aware: Sex, Media and You is a media literacy focused, abstinence-based curriculum. The web site was produced by Teen Futures Media Network at the College of Education, University of Washington. Sponsorship came from Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

  • ‘Standards’ Examples

The Indiana Department of Education provides a page with detailed  K-12 Media Literacy Standards.

The Minnesota Department of Education’s English Language Arts K-12 Standards address Media Literacy.

The Ontario, Canada Grades 1-8 Language Curriculum includes media literacy in their approach to literacy education.