The house hippos are back! MediaSmarts has a new resource for teachers that will help students develop critical thinking skills so critical to navigate authentically in today’s digital world. Twenty years ago, some tiny hippos got a lot of attention from Canadians, and got us talking about the fine line between what is fact and what is fiction. In today’s digital world, critical thinking is more important than ever. Here […]
In the educational game A Day in the Life of the Jos, students in grades six to eight help the brother and sister team Jo and Josie with situations they encounter online as they go about a typical day in their lives. The modules are represented as five days in the lives of Jo and Josie, covering topics that research has identified as being important for youth: defusing drama (cyberbullying) data privacy privacy and reputation privacy ethics […]
MediaSmarts has produced a new set of digital literacy resources to support teachers in implementing digital literacy into their teaching practice and to help them to develop digital literacy lessons and activities that suit their students’ needs. One of the resources is the Classroom Guide, which provides practical tools to help K-12 teachers make digital literacy a part of their classroom practice with a focus on the specific skill areas […]
The CMEC (Council of Ministers of Education) have developed the Copyright Decision Tool to help teachers determine whether copying requires copyright permission or is permitted without permission because it falls within the Fair Dealing Guidelines. The CMEC advises that you are know… Did you know that teachers can use “short excerpts” of copyright-protected works in their lessons because of the fair-dealing provision in the Copyright Act? Did you know that, as […]
The Internet and social media have made it easier for everybody to access, share and publish information, but that has come at a cost: it’s harder than ever to tell the difference between accurate information and advertising, misinformation and parody, and it’s easy for any of us to help spread false information without meaning to. Because so many of us turn to online sources for information, authentication (the process of […]
Empowering students to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly in the ever-present digital world is the focus of digital citizenship. Understanding copyright and using online resources responsibly and ethically is one of its foundational pillars. Commons Sense Media explains the copyright challenges K-12 educators face when it comes to using the Web to find resources to enrich your teaching and resources that your students can use — legally, technically, […]
MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization for digital and media literacy. Their vision is that children and youth have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens. Yukon teachers have access to a number of licensed resources in Englsih and French including Passport to the Internet, MyWorld, The Web Awareness Workshop, Passeport pour Internet, MonUnivers, La série d’ateliers La Toile et les jeunes. The […]
In this video Lee Crocket explains the 5 As of Information Fluency: ask, acquire, analyze, apply assess. In a age of what Lee calls “info-whelm”, everyone needs to learn and follow the process of the 5 As o information fluency. Lee argues that when we use the 5 As we can cut through info-whelm and find “good, meaningful and accurate information”.
Crockett, L., Jukes, I., & Churches, A. (2011). Literacy is not enough: 21st century fluencies for the digital age. Corwin Press.