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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
Environmental Studies
Measurement and Data
Reading Informational Text
Visual Arts
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Assessment
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Reading
Author:
Shana Ferguson
Date Added:
04/21/2021
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:
Communication
Electronic Technology
Information Science
Material Type:
Game
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Lesley James
Date Added:
11/17/2021
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:
Communication
Electronic Technology
Information Science
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Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Author:
Lesley James
Date Added:
11/18/2021
A Collection of K-12 Digital Citizenship Instructional Resources
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This collection of Digital Citizenship instructional resources is part of a Framework project initiated by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship Program in 2022. For more information, contact Program Supervisor, Lesley James, lesley.james@k12.wa.us

Subject:
Technology
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Lesley James
Date Added:
11/16/2023
A Collection of K-12 Media Literacy Instructional Resources
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This collection of Media Literacy instructional resources is part of a Framework project initiated by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship Program in 2022.For more information, contact Program Supervisor, Lesley James, lesley.james@k12.wa.us

Subject:
Information Science
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Lesley James
Date Added:
11/16/2023
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:
Communication
Electronic Technology
Information Science
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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:
Career and Technical Education
English Language Arts
Film and Music Production
General Law
History
Law
Political Science
Social Science
Speaking and Listening
World History
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
08/05/2019
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
Washington OSPI OER Project
LeAnn Miller
Amy Young
Kristi Leland
Nuzhat Mustafa
Alicia Nygard
Barbara Soots
Date Added:
06/24/2021
Digital Survival Skills & MisinfoNight (Updated)
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In this unit students will reflect on their own media environment, understand how cognitive bias and social media algorithms influence that environment, and learn how to investigate new sources and claims online. These activities culminate in a student-led "social science fair" MisinfoNight event where they present their new skills and knowledge to family members to help them become more savvy information consumers. 

Subject:
English Language Arts
Journalism
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Lesson
Unit of Study
Author:
Liz Crouse
Shawn Lee
Date Added:
07/29/2022
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:
English Language Arts
Information Science
Journalism
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Module
Unit of Study
Author:
Liz Crouse
Shawn Lee
Date Added:
03/08/2020
District Level Resources for Media Literacy
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Edmonds School District in Washington State implemented a district-wide media literacy support project during the 2022-2023 school year. This is a collection of the resources that came out of that project that other districts might find useful.

Subject:
Information Science
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Author:
Lesley James
Leighanne Law
Date Added:
09/27/2023
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:
Education
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Homework/Assignment
Lesson
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Morgen Larsen
Date Added:
07/13/2020
Every Click You Make: Algorithms, Social Media and You (HS lesson)
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In this presentation and discussion for high school students, students will learn a simple definition for algorithm and discuss the ways that algorithms shape social media content. Students will question whether the algorithms in their own social media allow them to pursue their interests or limit them. Students will explore ways to adjust settings, privacy and ad preferences to affect the algorithms in the platforms they use. 

Subject:
Sociology
Technology
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Activity/Lab
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Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Sharyn Merrigan
Katie Savinski
Date Added:
05/23/2023
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
Lesley James
Date Added:
07/15/2022
Getting Started with Digital Agency
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As we move forward in an age of generative Artificial Intelligence, it's more important than ever to ensure students develop positive habits that keep them informed, safe, and responsible when interacting with technology. Beginning with Washington State education standards, our Digital Literacy team curated learning materials for teachers K-12 to integrate into their curriculum. The linked resource provides classroom teachers with standards-aligned resources for teaching digital agency by grade level. Linked resources are a specially curated list of free lessons available to anyone. We have also suggested a content area connection for each lesson to foster integration across the content areas rather than a stand-alone focus on digital agency.   

Subject:
Educational Technology
Speaking and Listening
Technology
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Lesson
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
Natalie Boyle
Angela May
Donna Squires
Stacey Martin
Date Added:
07/12/2023
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.

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Education
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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:
Communication
Composition and Rhetoric
Electronic Technology
Graphic Arts
Marketing
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Unit of Study
Author:
Shana Ferguson
Date Added:
12/30/2020