“How do you make sense of what you see when you look at an image, especially if that image comes with no caption, headline, links or other clues about its origins? What can constructing meaning from an image teach you?” – The New York Times
In District 117, our students are fortunate to have access to Chromebooks, which are used to access databases and internet sources. We want students to know about these resources and we want to instruct them on how to use them to solve information problems. As you plan your research projects, Hannah and I wanted to remind you of two resources that are available to you and your students.
Have you tasked your students with finding reliable sources for a research project? In response, you may have students ask what is a reliable source or cite a questionable source in their research. Your students need guidance on what reliable internet sources are and how they can evaluate sources when you find them. Click “read more” to find out how the ILC can help you guide your students to reliable sources and teach them how to evaluate the sources they do find.
As we continue to work in a hybrid teaching model, teachers are turning to digital sources for their curriculum. Hannah and I want to remind you to keep databases in mind. What better way to look for articles than to use the state database trial that’s going on now?
What a time we are living in. If you are like me, you are trying to keep updated on the status of the coronavirus and its impact on us. It is also important for us to be cognizant of what information is credible.
Enter news literacy. News literacy is “the ability to determine what is credible and what is not, to identify different types of information, and to use the standards of authoritative, fact-based journalism as an aspirational measure in deciding what to trust, what to share and what to act on.” (News Literacy Project)
Now is an opportunity for us to teach ourselves and our students about news literacy because information matters. Truth matters. Keep reading to find out more about news literacy and to discover some teaching strategies and lessons you can use with your students.
All of us continue to look for ways to increase reading and writing in our 1:1 classrooms — specifically, the use of non-fiction, informational texts. To that end, we thought you’d be interested to learn that many newspapers offer free educational subscriptions.
In 2009, District 117 checked out 69 different textbook titles to students. This year, only nine years later, we checked out 27 titles. That’s 42 fewer titles. Evidently, teachers and students alike are turning to digital sources for their curriculum development and information/research needs. We want to remind you to keep databases in mind.
Lakes and Antioch high schools are proud to subscribe to 18 databases covering a range of topics and issues. Is that enough? You tell us.
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