Information Literacy, Fake News and Civic Responsibility


Part One - Tuesday February 27, 2018  3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Part Two - Tuesday March 27, 2018 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm  

Part Three - Tuesday April 24, 2018 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm 

Cost: $99 per site for one session, $250 for three sessions. 

This Webinar will be accessed via your computer and can include as many faculty or staff as desired.

Participants will receive 1 hour of CTLE credit per session. 

Information Literacy, Fake News, and Civic Responsibility

According to a November, 2016 study by the Stanford History Education Group, students have “a dismaying inability to reason about information they see on the Internet.”  This three part webinar series will examine the ever changing and evolving media landscape and its potential impact on how our students consume and process information. 

Part I: The Medium is the Message: How the Media Shapes Our Reality


Recent data reports that 61% of teenagers get their news from Facebook. Part I of this series will explore the evolution of digital media from an historical perspective.  Participants will examine how technology has reshaped and restructured our social interaction and its potential impact on teaching and learning.

Part II: Students and Media Literacy


According to Joseph Kane in the American Educational Research Journal, “teens and young adults who have had some exposure to media literacy and civic education in school are better able to analyze news content for accuracy and bias.” Both the Social Studies and ELA standards have addressed the importance of media literacy.  The New York State Social Studies K-12 Frameworks has called for three instructional shifts, including “fostering student inquiry and informed action.” In addition, the Next Generation ELA standards promote “student facility with digital media.” Part II of this series will examine the implications of digital technology on student learning in the context of these new standards.  

Part III: Looking at History Through a Critical Lens

The New York State Social Studies K-12 Frameworks has called for three instructional shifts, including, “students investigate the Social Sciences using multiple sources.” In Part III of this webinar, teachers will learn how historical documents can activate critical thinking skills and cultivate student inquisitiveness. By searching for evidence in text and images students can appreciate the many different ways that media messages from the past can be interpreted.

Webinar Presenter: John DeGuardi - CASDA Faculty 

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