Learn Media Literacy Teaching Tips at Free Workshop Sept. 19

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Educators analyze a website during a Judging Fact, Fiction and Everything In Between workshop at the Newseum.

Sept. 14 update: The workshop has been filled and we have a waiting list. We are no longer taking applications. Thank you. 

Thanks to a generous grant from Participant Media, the Newseum is excited to offer a free open-enrollment professional development opportunity for D.C. metro area high school teachers on Saturday, Sept. 19.

The 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. event at the Newseum will include NewseumED’s hands-on “Judging Fact, Fiction and Everything in Between” workshop, the opportunity to explore artifacts from our collection with an archivist, lunch and time to explore the museum on your own. This extended workshop includes tools and strategies from Henry Jenkins’s Media, Activism & Participatory Politics Project. Participants will also receive a certificate of completion and a resource bag to take home.

Workshop Description

Is it ever okay to cite Wikipedia? Does it matter who posted a story, video or photograph? From research papers to Facebook profiles, today’s students face questions about the origins, reliability and attribution of information everywhere they turn. As “digital natives” who’ve been online their whole lives, they have a unique perspective on these issues, but they still need guidance to ask the right questions and find the answers.

This workshop introduces teachers to tools they can share with their students to deconstruct the information they encounter online, in print or on TV. Participants will learn about specific strategies and resources they can bring to their classrooms to foster increased media literacy across subject matters.

“The Media Literacy Workshop was full of great, practical ideas for teaching students to analyze documents. The Consumer Questions are perfect for guiding students to master this skill across contents.” — Clare Berke, participant at prior workshop

Eligibility Requirements

  • D.C. metro area high school teachers, librarians and media resource specialists.
  • Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until Sept. 14, 2015.

Participant Media is the exclusive sponsor of this professional development workshop. The content for this professional development workshop was created in cooperation with Henry Jenkins’ Media, Activism & Participatory Politics Project which is part of the MacArthur Foundation Youth and Participatory Politics Research Network, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education.


One thought on “Learn Media Literacy Teaching Tips at Free Workshop Sept. 19

  1. My students love to explore media, and I hope to use this opportunity to expand media literacy in the classroom setting, especially for Special Education students who benefit from a variety of ways to access and learn new concepts.

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