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People all over the world want to BE MEDIA SMART and there's lots of help available. This list of resources has been gathered from around the web.

General Resources

All Aboard

This national project aims to empower Irish learners, teachers, and anyone who uses technology to support their work, their study, or other aspects of living in a digital age. Using a visual metaphor of a metro map All Aboard has the potential to guide everyone in the development of every digital skill you need.

All Aboard

MediaWise

The MediaWise primary school teaching resource is based on the BAI’s core media literacy competencies, and developed by safefood in partnership with BAI, teachers, curriculum experts and other key stakeholders. It is now available in English and Irish. As well as classroom teaching resources, MediaWise can be used by parents and other childcare providers to help children understand how the media works.

MediaWise

Understanding Media for Active Citizenship

This toolbox was created to show how Media Literacy can support active citizenship and includes exercises that can be used to convey journalistic and productions skills to help people understand media.

Understanding Media for Active Citizenship

Respect Words

With the motto `Ethical Journalism against Hate Speech’, the Respect Words project, raises the need to rethink how media deals with issues related to the migratory processes, ethnic and religious minorities.

Respect Words

Keep it simple, use plain English 

When you use plain English more people can understand your information and are able to make informed choices. This is important for the one in six people in Ireland who have literacy difficulties. Plain English involves using short clear sentences and everyday words. It reduces mistakes and complaints. For more information see the National Adult Literacy Agency’s Plain English website.

Plain English Writing Tips

Five Essential Questions

Common Sense Media is an independent non-profit organisation that provides parents, teachers, and policymakers with unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all childrens’ lives. Use these five essential questions as a springboard, to help children, or anyone for that matter, dig deeper with even more critical questions of their own.

Five Essential Questions

News Literacy Project

Test and sharpen your news literacy skills with short activities, engaging quizzes and shareable graphics — for teachers as well as for learners of all ages.

News Literacy Project

UNESCO Media and Information Literacy

Global, open resource from UNESCO, supporting the development of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) competencies among people. Includes MIL policy and strategy guidelines, teaching tools, publications, videos and other resources to help embed MIL practices in daily life.

UNESCO Media and Information Literacy


TedED Media Literacy

Colors, camera angles and logos in the media can all prompt immediate associations with emotions, activities and memories. This 6 minute video takes viewers through decoding the intricate system of symbols that are a part of everyday life -- from advertising messages to traffic signs.

TedEd: Decoding the system

TedEx: How to choose your news

How do we choose which news to consume?

In this 5 minute video, Damon Brown gives the inside scoop on how the opinions and facts (and sometimes non-facts) make their way into the news and how the smart reader can tell them apart.

TedEd: How do we choose which news to consume


Shoutout UK

Shout Out UK is a youth network that builds and boosts political engagement by providing political literacy education and a platform for young people to share ideas and voice opinions.

Shout Out UK

Resources for Students and Teachers

Think B4U Click

This resource is specifically designed for teachers of Junior Certificate SPHE to explore the issue of online privacy in the context of online rights and responsibilities. The ultimate aim of ThinkB4UClick is to empower students to be effective, autonomous and safe users of new media.

thinkb4uclick

HTML Heroes

Linked to the SPHE (Social Personal and Health Education) Curriculum, HTML Heroes is a free digital media literacy education programme containing eight interactive lessons and is supported by three fun and colourful animations asking What is the internet?, What can I trust online?, What is online advertising? The aim of the ‘Introduction to the Internet programme’ is to help 7-10 year olds develop critical thinking and digital media literacy skills to effectively and safely navigate the online world while also promoting positives uses of technology. The programme be accessed for free on Webwise.

HTML Heroes

Press Pass

NewsBrands Ireland is the representative body for Ireland’s 17 national news publishers. Press Pass is their News Literacy and Student Journalism programme which is a complete journalism and media literacy module for Transition Year students which equips them with the critical thinking skills required to exercise judgment, analyse complex realities and recognise the difference between opinion and fact.

Press Pass

UCD Fake News Library Guide

Disinformation is closely linked to what some people call ‘Fake News’ and UCD library have put together a comprehensive list of advice and guidance on this topic in their guide to Academic Integrity.

UCD Fake News Library Guide

Integrating information literacy into the curriculum

Library staff in CONUL institutions have considerable expertise in the area of information literacy. This booklet includes both practical advice concerning the integration of information literacy into the curriculum and a large number of case studies showing what has been achieved already in an Irish context.

NUI Galway Library

BBC Help Your Students Spot False News

A collection of resources from around the BBC to help students spot fake news and false information. The content explores the social, political and economic impact of news reporting, and the skills needed to analyse and critically evaluate information across a range of media.

BBC student resource

Resources from Libraries

Libraries

Libraries are an excellent source of information and help. In Ireland, the Library Association of Ireland is active in the promotion of information literacy. For information on Public Libraries in Ireland visit Libraries Ireland.

Libraries Ireland

CRAAP TEST!

Librarians at California State University-Chico have come up with a memorable way to remind us that not all information is good information, especially in an online environment. The CRAAP Test is a handy checklist to use when evaluating information. CRAAP stands for Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose.

CRAAP Test

First Draft

First Draft is an organisation dedicated to supporting journalists, academics and technologists working to address challenges relating to trust and truth in the digital age. Their website contains a wide range of resources on fakes and hoaxes, verification and news literacy.

First Draft News

Eight simple steps

The International Federation of Library Associations have produced an infographic with eight simple steps (based on FactCheck.org’s 2016 article How to Spot Fake News). The IFLA invites you to download it, print it, translate it, and share it to help spread the message.

Fact Check

Resources from social and search platforms

Educators Guide to Twitter

This guide has been designed by Twitter to help educators make the most of Twitter, and use it to connect with other educators, lessons, ideas and experiences.

Educators Guide to Twitter

Digital Citizenship Check-list

Created by Twitter this check-list helps everyone, including Twitter users, better understand how our online behaviours and interactions can determine how others perceive us.

Digital Citizenship Check-list

Tips to spot False News

As part of it’s work to reduce the spread of false news, Facebook has created a list of Tips to spot False News.

Tips to spot False News

MediaSmart UK

Our Media Smart partners in the UK have a mission to ensure all young people can confidently navigate the media they consume, including being able to identify, interpret and critically evaluate all forms of advertising.

It provides free teaching resources and parent guides on subjects like social media, body image and influencer market. These can be downloaded by going to the Media Smart website.

mediasmart.uk.com

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