Fake News and Media Literacy: Resources for Educators

As a teacher and teacher-librarian, we often collaborate with others on the effective use of media in the classroom, how we can help our students be media savvy, and understanding the positives and negatives of being online. As we work with others, particularly the Teaching with Primary Sources team from the Western Region of the Library of Congress,  we continue to find amazing resources to share and are listing them here as reference. Take a look and share them with your students and hep them understand fake news! 

Resources for Understanding a Digital Footprint:

Teaching Students How to Evaluate Websites:

Infographics on Fake News:

Presentation on Media Literacy - In cooperation with the Library of Congress Western Region of the Teaching With Primary Sources team: 

Reference Articles and Presentations:

Library of Congress: Fake News
The Media Myth and Fake News from the Library of Congress

Lesson Plans: 


AASLH: Get Techie - or Not

We love joining the American Association for State and Local History conference to share new ideas for museums and historic sites to collaborate with their community. If you are able to join us fantastic! If you cannot, we are sharing our resources here so that you can use them as well.

Pre-Session Survey

Session Padlet Link



Other Technology Resources


Timeline Options for Collaboration

We are working to create a timeline highlighting all of the stake holders and events that led to the Flint Water Crisis. Students will collaborate on the google spreadsheet provided by JS Timeline. All you have to do is make a copy and then share it with your students. Add events, picture files, videos and it even adds citation space so you can be a responsible digital citizen. You can watch our work in progress as we continue to add to this timeline. What project do you have in mind that could use an interactive timeline?


Bracket Busted? Maybe You Need an App Spring Showdown!

It's April and Teachers are trying to come up with engaging ways to review for upcoming end of year tests and testing schedules. Here are four apps that will help you add excitement and variety to the last few weeks of school!  The website walks you through the four apps and gives you ideas and resources to get started or try something new! Which one would you vote for?  Leave your vote and comments on the Dotstorming page to share with other teachers!  

Click on this image to access the website!  


Using Historical Cartoons to Engage Students in Civic Conversations Thorough Multiple Lens

The Library of Congress has a myriad of resources that support outstanding inquiry lessons. In a world that is focused on media, civil discourse (and sometimes not so civil discourse) and primary sources, it is critical to teach students how to think about what they are seeing. 

The Herblock Collection of historic political cartoons is a beautiful way to have students explore issues from history which may still have relevance today. In addition, the Library of Congress Analysis Guides for Political Cartoons can help guide the analysis of these primary sources and provide a foundation for discussion. 

For some exceptional resources that are strong in methodology check out the Project Zero Strategy from Harvard School of Education or these resources we have tweaked with task cards and reflections sheets for group work. 

We are thrilled to share these at #CCSS2018 (The Colorado Council of Social Studies ) and our colleagues. Enjoy and here are more resources too!