Living in a 24-hour news cycle presents unique challenges for all of us, especially young students. Join us for a webinar that can support teachers in helping their students become informed and effective civic participants in today’s digital landscape. We’ll explore strategies and ideas that will challenge students to investigate the choices and challenges facing journalists as they report on a story, including the importance of verification, sourcing, and other journalistic practices and standards. We’ll also consider the role that confirmation bias, stereotyping, and other cognitive biases play in how we interpret events, news, and information. Lesson ideas and teaching strategies will be offered to address:
What is the role of journalism in a democratic society, and how can we become responsible consumers and producers of news and information in the digital age?
How can we foster critical thinking and reflective civic spaces that allow engagement around current and controversial issues and promote student agency?
How do we place today’s events in a historical context?