Media Literacy (Middle School)
In this Discovery, students will explore the concept of media literacy. Students will work in pairs to reflect on their consumption of media and to create a definition for media literacy. They will examine artifacts and test their own personal skills to identify unreliable and false information. At the end of the Discovery, students will answer the question, "What is media literacy and why is it important?"
In this Discovery, students will define journalism in today’s media environment and explore citizen journalism. They will examine both user and media bias. Additionally, they will explore types of news media such as mainstream news, parody/satire, op-ed, propaganda, cyber propaganda and fake news. Students will answer the question, "What is the role of journalism and how does that affect your personal responsibility in engaging with various forms of media?"
In this Discovery, students will have an opportunity to examine media sources. They will use a tool to help determine the credibility, accuracy, reasonableness and support of the media source. Students will further analyze websites using a checklist to determine if the website provides reliable or unreliable sources of information. At the end of the Discovery, students will answer the question, “How can the reliability of a website be determined?”
In this Discovery, students will learn about the cybersecurity dangers of fake websites and how to recognize them by analyzing the URLs. They will investigate images and videos and the uses of digital forensics. Additionally, students will learn about deep fake videos and how they are made. At the end of the Discovery, students will answer the question, "How can media literacy help bring awareness to cybersecurity issues?”
In this culminating activity, students are challenged to create a Public Service Announcement. This PSA should increase awareness among students their age on preventing cybersecurity vulnerabilities by becoming a more media literate citizen.