June 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Negotiating Nuance

Recently, I was honored to be invited to speak at the 21CLHK Conference in Hong Kong. One of my archived talks addressed the Noah principle–why predicting rain doesn’t count, and why building arks does–as it relates to the credibility crisis or the challenges of container collapse. I see so many opportunities for us to take […]

News literacy tools: Advice, four sites and a new app (Swiipe)

One of the reasons our students find and use news that is less than credible is that their news habits are less than energetic. Among the ten key trends Pew researchers gathered from among their research reports on social and news media were: Use of mobile devices for news continues to grow. Two-thirds of Americans […]

The Year in SLJ Covers | 2017

It’s been quite a year. Here’s how we covered it in School Library Journal.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. In the November 2016 Executive Summary, the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. That was certainly the case in our experience. However, at each level—middle […]

13 Tips for Teaching News and Information Literacy

Experts share their most successful teaching methods for elementary and middle schoolers.

Seven Tips for Teaching News Literacy to Eight- to 12-Year-Olds

Considerations and strategies for teaching younger learners how to evaluate and create media.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Supermoons Cause Tidal Waves—True or False? Our news literacy program challenges fourth graders to find out.

A school librarian media specialist and computer science coordinator design a hands-on, three-week news evaluation lesson.

The Fake-News Fad: Let it Fade | Opinion

When teachers and administrators prod us to address this “new and urgent” concern, let us remind them that we’ve been doing that, and so much more, all along.

Fast-Tracking a More Radical Approach to Literacies | Editorial

How we engage in programming and teaching literacy is getting more interesting as librarians creatively tackle the massive literacy challenge, even crisis, we face.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Experts Share Insight, Tools to Help Students Fight Fake News

School librarians and teachers uncovered new ideas to help students tell fact from fiction with the ISTE/SLJ “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” webinar.

Teaching News Literacy? Check Your Own Bias, Says Librarian

To stay at the top of your game, keep practicing, stay skeptical, and take a hard look in the mirror, experts advise.

Allsides: Curating diverse perspectives (or looking at news from most sides now)

Free people from filter bubbles so they can better understand the world and each other. AllSides.com mission It’s a search tool. It’s a conversation opener. It’s a bubble burster. Though I just discovered it, the news aggregator AllSides has been around for around four years as a platform that curates and uses crowd-sourcing technology to […]

SLJ’s News Literacy Pinterest Page

An up-to-date news literacy resource curated by school media and ed tech specialist Jen Thomas.

The Smell Test: Educators can counter fake news with information literacy. Here’s how.

In the era of fake news, librarians are our best hope for educating kids about bogus reporting, biased points of view, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.