Educators-How can I help?

"The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm
but because of those who look at it without doing anything."

-Albert Einstein


How to help. Educate.


Great Resources for Exploring, Inviting Discussion, or Opening Minds 



  • Why Filter Bubbles are restricting our learning and ease of living, and what to do about it!  Portland State Univ.
  • Expert on how we are distracted with technology -Maggie Jackson
  • How Facebook and others are polarizing us -Hypervisible Exchanges
  • Short, fun, student-friendly videos on Digital Literacy and how to navigate Social Media - Teaching Tolerance
  • Video -What is Media Literacy? - BrainPop
  • What teens around the country are saying!-Scroll down once on this pageMisinformation Overload
  • See a topic or event from various sides: Allsides  & Allsides for Schools
  • Critical Thinking and Philosophical discussions on popular culture. Very engaging: PBS Idea Channel
       -There are 50 additional thought provoking YouTube channels by PBS here: Digital Studios
  • Show students a visulized track of the spread of claims and fact checking: Hoaxy
  • Conversation starter - What do you think of this media bias website? mediabiasfactcheck
  • Get a rough idea of the number and type of misleading and harmful websites available: List by Politifact
  • Critical Thinking and Philosophical discussions on popular culture. Very engaging: PBS Idea Channel
  • Guide yourself and your students to opening to new people and perspectives:
  • Articles for teaching and learning about Fake News - Learning Network
  • Get The Shift - provides weekly collection of fake news and provides accurate facts to clarify the rumors: The Shift
  • Guiding students to be open to new ideas -Edutopia
  • Learn how we confining our minds in filter and social media bubbles - Feeling Stuck . . .
  • Teach Cultural LIteracy - WE Schools
  • Where do the media outlets fall on the media bias chart? -The Chart
    -Many informationa and media literacy specialists recommend PBS, NPR & BBC for more balanced news and information.



Lessons & Activities

  • Dozens of pages of quality lessons on bias, verification, transparency, source evaluation, & many more!  -Digital Resource Center
  • 5 easy lessons-already made! - on how to fact check and source check -disinformation and information literacy -Check, Please!
  • Teaching through real memes and advertisments - Univ. of Wyoming Libraries
  • Ask your students to play this game to see if they can tell the difference between real news and misinformation- Factitious    
  • Look at topics from different political views - Allsides 
  • Help your students become news literate with these online activities- Checkology
  • Great lesson plan on introducing Fake News to students -
  • Lots of lessons and resources, primary resources and more! -sign up for free resources! - Newseum
  • Lots of resources and powerpt presentations - Great Valley HS
  • Check out this app that allows people to see what a Twitter feed looks like for someone with different political leanings -FlipFeed
  • This Chrome extension inserts posts in your Facebook feed with a news article representing a differing political perspective - Escape Your Bubble
  • Have your students become self-emopowered by their doing their own fact checking! - 10 sites to check facts
  • Lots of great premade lessons created by fellow educators: CommonSenseMedia
  • Great lessons and guidance on PBS Learning Media - Fake News
  • Propaganda -11 lessons and much more! - Mind Over Media
  • Use these complete pre-designed activities from Stanford: Civic Online Reasoning
  • Your students can become news literate with these 11 lessons: The News Literacy Project
  • Practice reading laterally: get off the unfamiliar site and open new tabs in order to search out information about that site. - 
  • Your students can customize the news sources they view on thier phone -  Twitter lists,Customize Google News and more!
  • Various lessons on Fake News -(scroll down) - Edutopia
  • Challenge your students to evalutate whether or not this site is for real -GenoChoice
  • Have your students explore and find one interesting fact or article from our trusted research and news resources that Northside purchases for our district


 Is it a Fauxtograph or 'Fake Vid'? -Lessons & Activities


Develop Media Smarts -​What is it -Real or Fake?

  • Videos -What is Media Literacy,
  • Chart - How to Evaluate News Sources
  • Chart - How to Evaluate Biases   


Learn about Reasoning & Argument Skills - Won't Get Fooled Again!

  • Videos - How to Think Critically
  • Videos -What is Sound Reasoning & Argument
  • Emotional Intelligence


Practicing Reasoning Skills -Lessons & Activities


Your Learning

  • A great book to learn all about it: Fact vs Fiction by Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgins
  • Get the educator's guide to the week in news literacy in your email: The Shift
  • Stay well-informed with this blog by Mike Caulfield: Hapgood
  • Junk Food and Junk News: The Case for Information Fitness - MediaBiasChart


Who is the fool? -Get skills here!