We have compiled a list of resources from around the web to help you navigate what is real, useful information and what is fake.
The World Health Organisation
The coronavirus outbreak has sparked what the World Health Organization is calling an "infodemic" which prompted the WHO to develop the EPI-WIN programme to make sure the facts about COVID 19 are communicated to the public.
The World Health Organisation @WHO have partnered with WhatsApp to create a new information resource for covid-19. Add the number +41 79 893 18 92 to your phone and message it on whatsapp saying "Hi". The Q&A section is particularly useful.
Countering false information
We all want to do our bit when it comes to countering false information, but what if it is someone we know who is sharing false information? Media Literacy Ireland have put together some helpful tips for addressing the spreading of false information even if it comes from those close to us.
Age Action: Getting Started KIT
Age Actions’ Getting Started KIT supports older people to keep in touch with their loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Getting Started KIT is made up of seven How To guides that will support older people to learn, use, and be confident using smartphones and applications. RTÉ will broadcast video tutorials which will also be available to view on the Age Action website from Tuesday 5 May.
Be Safe Online
Be Safe Online is the Government’s campaign to highlight ways to help you stay safe online, particularly during the COVID-19 outbreak. These pages offer access to a wide range of online safety resources including the National Cyber Security Centre, Webwise, Media Literacy Ireland, Healthy Ireland and the HSE.
Covid-19 and Information Literacy
The Information Literacy Group commissioned a blog post on the importance of information literacy and its relationship to health literacy form Ruth Carlyle which includes a list of useful resources from the CILIP Information Literacy Group in the UK.
IREX: Nine Tips for Spotting Misinformation about the Coronavirus
IREX works with partners in more than 100 countries in four areas essential to progress: empowering youth, cultivating leaders, strengthening institutions, extending access to quality education and information. On this page IREX provides tips for spotting misinformation about the coronavirus.
Stamp Out False News
Facebook have developed hints to connect people to accurate sources, and reduce misinformation, especially in this COVID-19 pandemic. Users will be shown prompts that urge them to stop, think and check and ask three key questions about content they are seeing:
- Where’s it from?
- What’s Missing?
- How did you feel?
The Poynter Institute
The Reuters Institute
The Reuters Institute (@risi_oxford) put together a great list of reliable articles on COVID 19 from around the world.
This national project that 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.
The MediaWise resource is based on the BAI’s core media literacy competencies, and developed in partnership with BAI, teachers, curriculum experts and other key stakeholders. It is now available in English and Irish. These resources are useful for creating a general awareness about media literacy among parents and other childcare providers outside the classroom environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Resources for Students and Teachers
Connected has been specifically designed for teachers of the Junior Cycle Digital Media Literacy Short Course who wish to explore Online Wellbeing; News, Information and Problems of False Information; Big Data and the Data Economy; and My Rights Online. Connected aims to empower young people to be effective, autonomous and safe users of technology and online media.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Resources from 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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