information literacy

Check First. Share After.

Did you know that reducing the spread of misinformation during a pandemic by just 10% will reduce the severity of the outbreak? MediaSmarts has just launched the Check First. Share After campaign to encourage Canadians to check the source of info about COVID-19 before sharing it. What can you do? Share responsibly. Check first, share… Read more

Analyzing Documents

The U.S. National Archives has developed a collection of worksheets for analyzing the information in documents.Here’s a sample: They all follow the same four steps: Meet the document. Observe its parts. Try to make sense of it. Use it as historical evidence. There are worksheets for working with photos, written documents, artifacts, posters, maps, cartoons,… Read more

Teaching and Learning with Twitter

In a unique partnership with UNESCO, Twitter has launched its updated Teaching and Learning with Twitter. This teacher’s guide is designed to help teach basic information and skills about how to navigate a complicated media environment. This media and information literacy resource covers: Media & Information Literacy and Global Citizenship Education Media & Information Literacy… Read more

How to Spot Fake News

Need a simple reminder for how to spot fake news? Here’s a poster from the IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) with 8 steps. You are encouraged to print and share it. Bonus! This poster is available in more than 38 languages. Can you spot fake news? Test your skills by playing Factitious.

Misleading Health Headlines

In health news, there can be a disconnect between news headlines and the scientific research they cover. Here’s a new TED Ed video on how to read past the headlines. Click here for the full lesson.

Can You Spot the Deceptive Facebook Post?

Many people get their news from social media. Can you determine if a Facebook post is genuine or part of an influence campaign? It’s not always easy to tell the difference. Take the New York Times Can You Spot the Deceptive Facebook Post? quiz to test your skills. The answers give you tips on spotting… Read more


Can you tell fake news from real news? Try Factitious to test your ability. This online game was developed by the American University JoLT team to playfully show how to detect fake news. The stories are all from the internet, but they have been condensed and edited for the game. It’s a fun way to… Read more

Real or Fake Online Information?

Young people may be used to gathering information online, but are they are skilled telling if it’s true or not? A new study from Stanford has shown the middle school, high school and college students have difficulty evaluating online sources of information. Started over a year ago, before the current focus on fake news, the… Read more

A3 and the Employment Path

Looking for a resource to help learners use online videos or podcasts? A3 and the Employment Path, from Project READ Literacy Network Waterloo-Wellington, is a curriculum designed to teach the skills for extracting information from films, broadcasts and presentations. In 12 field-tested units, it covers more than how to view an online video or listen… Read more