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Resources that help you teach media literacy to young people and their parents

The Get Your Facts Straight! project parters have developed a training programme for a 15h training course for 14-16 year old students and their parents and grand parents. The course can be done both in schools, as well as in non-formal educational settings such as youth clubs, libraries, NGOs.

The training programme consists of two documents to support any teacher, trainer or educator to carry out the course on their own:

Training outline (EN)- it contains the modules and learning outcomes (goals) that the course is built on, as well as lesson plans and activities.

The training outline is available in the following languages: IT, ES, BG, LV, DE, DE (for adults), HR and RO.

Methodology – it contains information about the background research done, as well as the selected methodological approaches.

The Methodology is available in the following languages: IT, BG, LV, DE, HR and RO. ES language is coming soon!

In addition to the above materials, project partners used other resources and practices they have collected during the preparatory phase of the project. These resources have been tested in various training sessions and have already and proved their efficiency.

Additional teaching and learning resources

The resources have been categorized to 4 groups and marked with language(s) they are available in:

  1. Materials for training sessions
  2. Other teaching materials to be used during or in between training sessions (to get familiarized with the topic or as background information)
  3. Other materials to get informed/inspired (courses, books, speeches, etc.)
  4. Materials for a “family setting” learning session (materials, regardless of the subject, that can inspire training sessions for all family members together)

If the resource is recommended for a specific target group (i.e. educators, parents, students, teenagers) this is noted in the description.

1. Materials for training sessions

1.1. Case Studies. (recent/current cases of disinformation – images, news, stories – to be used in the sessions)

Dezinformācija (lsm.lv) 🇱🇻
Description: News items on the topic of disinformation

Documentary (Recorder.ro) 🇷🇴
Description: Explanatory documentary on how the fake news and clickbait industry in Romania works, during the Coronavirus pandemic; Explanation about how algorithms works

EU vs DISINFORMATION (European External Action Service) 🇬🇧
Description: Tracking ongoing disinformation campaign affecting the European Union.

Fact checking tool (mediapool.bg) 🇧🇬
Description: Fact checking platform.

Fact check (StopFake) 🇧🇬
Description: Fact checking website.

Fact or Fake: How to Expose False Reports on the Internet (klicksafe.de) 🇩🇪
Description: The website klicksafe.de informs about fake news, hoaxes and social bots with short texts and many links. It provides a good overview of the topic and gives advice on how to spot fake news. Klicksafe also provides a media pedagogical brochure with informational texts, instructions for lessons and practical worksheets. Furthermore, they have developed a quiz about fake news where you can test your newly gained knowledge about the topic!

Fake restaurant (Vice) 🇬🇧 (subtitles in other languages available)
Description: Video about a real life example of fake news and how it affected the people.

How to spot false information and fake news (Croatian agency for electronic media and UNICEF) 🇭🇷
Description: Student handbook for media literacy – a lot of practical exercises and examples. Resource is especially relevant for young people.

Lessons for Media Literacy (Medialab) 🇬🇧
Description: A short list of curriculum lessons includes resources created at the Media Education Lab plus other great lessons that are aligned with the theory and practice of media literacy and the pedagogies they value.      Suitable for youths, adults, trainers and teachers.

Maldita.es 🇪🇸
Description: Webpage that helps to identify fake news in mass media. Resource is especially relevant for students.

MIMIKAMA – Think first – click after (MIMIKAMA – association) 🇩🇪
Description: Identifies and publishes fake news with fact check. The website also publishes the detailed research that proved the news wrong and possible reasons for the fake news.

PLEASE WHAT?! Countering fake and hate (Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Wüttemberg) 🇩🇪
Description: This is a campaign against hate and fake news online. A creativity award, workshops and social media content is provided. The campaign offers also hands-on learning material for teachers: introduction modules (communication online, online hate and what you can do against it, democratic education), modules (fake new, AI and algorithms, YouTube). Resource is especially relevant for teachers and parents.

1.2. Games (learning and reflecting through playing)

The Badnews game (DROG) 🇬🇧 (available also in other languages)
Description: The game that helps teenagers recognize various tactics and methods used to spread deceitful messages. Resource is especially relevant for teenagers and children under 12.

Gramoten.li (Media Literacy Coalition) 🇧🇬
Description: Different resources developing basic digital-media literacy from elementary education to completion of secondary education. Resource especially relevant for teenagers.

Quiz Fakes (nuria segura) 🇪🇸
Description: A Game about fake news and disinformation. Resource is especially relevant for students.

UnBias Awareness Cards: Facilitator Booklet (Unbiased) 🇬🇧
Description: A facilitators’ booklet and other resources to raise awareness about what are algorithms (resources have been tested with people aged 13-17 years, 18-29 years, 30-50 years and the over 65s). Suitable for youth and adults, with guidance from trainers and teachers. Includes Awareness Cards and Fairness Toolkit.

1.3 Other

Interneta akadēmija (Interneta akadēmija) 🇱🇻
Description: Youtube channel on how to use the internet.

Abc digitale/Coliblite (Open Group) 🇮🇹
Description: Digital education project focused on fake news.

Algoritmos que detectan bulos y noticias falsas (portalcienciayficcion) 🇪🇸
Description: Video about algorithms. Resource is especially relevant for students.

#BASTABUFALE (MIUR) 🇮🇹
Description: MIUR campaign within the GENERAZIONICONNESSE project carries out “a decalogue against hoax, a toolbox to allow girls and boys to defend themselves against fake news circulating on web”. Within the GENERAZIONICONNESSE project. Resource especially relevant for young people.

Be Internet Citizens (Google and YouTube creators for Change) 🇬🇧
Description: The Be Internet Citizens curriculum is made up of five modules on the topic of digital citizenship which can be taught in both formal and non-formal education settings. Teaching resources include five lesson plans, a complete set of resources and handouts, plus additional guidance and presentation slides to support delivery. Resource is especially relevant for educators.

¿Cómo no caer en las trampas de la desinformación? (Centro Gabo) 🇪🇸
Description: Video about fake news and disinformation. Resource is especially relevant for students.

FakeFilter (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung) 🇩🇪
Description: A webvideo project of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education together with youtuber Phillip Betz alias MrTrashpack about fake news. Practical tips and tools to uncover fake news are presented in short videos. The resource is especially relevant for educators and students.

Fred Fact doesn’t fall for fake news (Aos Fatos) 🇬🇧 (available also other languages)
Description: Comics focused on fake news and fact checking. Resource especially relevant for young people.

Kā atpazīt viltus ziņu (LV portāls) 🇱🇻
Description: How to Recognize a Fake Message

KĀ LASOT NETIKT APMĀNĪTAM – 10 PADOMI (Gothe institut) 🇱🇻
Description: How to read – 10 tips

La razón por la que aparecen las FAKE NEWS (Santiago Cosme) 🇪🇸
Description: Video about fake news and disinformation.               Resource is especially relevant for students.

Navigating Digital Information (Crash Course) 🇬🇧 (subtitles available)
Description: Video course about digital information and fake news.

¿Qué hacemos con tanta noticia falsa en Internet? (Magic Markers) 🇪🇸
Description: Video about fake news and disinformation. Resource is especially relevant for students.

So geht MEDIEN (ARD, ZDF & Deutschlandradio) 🇩🇪
Description: A project of ARD, ZDF & Deutschlandradio (German public broadcasting corporations), that provides many entertaining but very instructive explanatory videos, a fake news quiz, useful links, tutorials, worksheets but also lessons and training units for teachers on the subject of “recognizing fake news on the internet”.

Webwise (Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre) 🇬🇧
Description: An Irish website with advice, info and resources addressing a range of internet safety issues and concerns. Suitable for youths, adults, trainers and teachers.

2. Other teaching materials to be used during or in between training sessions (to get familiarized with the topic or as background information)

Documentary (Recorder.ro) 🇷🇴
Description: Explanatory documentary on how the fake news and clickbait industry in Romania works, during the Coronavirus pandemic; Explanation about how algorithms works

EU vs DISINFORMATION (European External Action Service) 🇬🇧
Description: Tracking ongoing disinformation campaign affecting the European Union.

How to evaluate online sources (Croatian agency for electronic media and UNICEF) 🇭🇷
Description: Guide on how to evaluate online sources

Fact checking tool (mediapool.bg) 🇧🇬
Description: Fact checking platform.

Fact check (StopFake) 🇧🇬
Description: Fact checking website.

Fact or Fake: How to Expose False Reports on the Internet (klicksafe.de) 🇩🇪
Description: The website klicksafe.de informs about fake news, hoaxes and social bots with short texts and many links. It provides a good overview of the topic and gives advice on how to spot fake news. Klicksafe also provides a media pedagogical brochure with informational texts, instructions for lessons and practical worksheets. Furthermore, they have developed a quiz about fake news where you can test your newly gained knowledge about the topic!

FakeFilter (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung) 🇩🇪
Description: A webvideo project of the German Federal Agency for Civic Education together with youtuber Phillip Betz alias MrTrashpack about fake news. Practical tips and tools to uncover fake news are presented in short videos. The resource is especially relevant for educators and students.

Interneta akadēmija (Interneta akadēmija) 🇱🇻
Description: Youtube channel on how to use the internet.

Lessons for Media Literacy (Medialab) 🇬🇧
Description: A short list of curriculum lessons includes resources created at the Media Education Lab plus other great lessons that are aligned with the theory and practice of media literacy and the pedagogies they value.      Suitable for youths, adults, trainers and teachers.

Media Literacy resources (SafeNet – National Center for Safe Internet) 🇧🇬
Description: Methodologies and manuals for children, young people, parents and teachers to raise awareness of the dangers of using information and communication technologies. Resource especially relevant for children and teenagers.

Selly Supreme (www.dor.ro) 🇷🇴
Description: The story of the most popular teenager vlogger and singer in Romania (2M+ fans on Youtube). Resource is especially relevant for teenagers.

So geht MEDIEN (ARD, ZDF & Deutschlandradio) 🇩🇪
Description: A project of ARD, ZDF & Deutschlandradio (German public broadcasting corporations), that provides many entertaining but very instructive explanatory videos, a fake news quiz, useful links, tutorials, worksheets but also lessons and training units for teachers on the subject of “recognizing fake news on the internet”.

The profit based on youtube traffic (profit.ro) 🇷🇴
Description: The article explains how youtubers could monetize their videos.

Webwise (Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre) 🇬🇧
Description: An Irish website with advice, info and resources addressing a range of internet safety issues and concerns. Suitable for youths, adults, trainers and teachers.

What’s an algorithm? (TED-ed) 🇬🇧 (subtitles available)
Description: Explanatory video for youngsters about algorithms.

3. Other materials to get informed/inspired (courses, books, speeches, etc.)

Domā, pirms dalies! Atpazīt viltus ziņas ir pa spēkam katram (E-klase) 🇱🇻
Description: Think before you part! Recognizing false messages is powerful for everyone. Resource is especially relevant for teachers and parents.

Fact or Fake: How to Expose False Reports on the Internet (klicksafe.de) 🇩🇪
Description: The website klicksafe.de informs about fake news, hoaxes and social bots with short texts and many links. It provides a good overview of the topic and gives advice on how to spot fake news. Klicksafe also provides a media pedagogical brochure with informational texts, instructions for lessons and practical worksheets. Furthermore, they have developed a quiz about fake news where you can test your newly gained knowledge about the topic!

Gramoten.li (Media Literacy Coalition) 🇧🇬
Description: Different resources developing basic digital-media literacy from elementary education to completion of secondary education. Resource especially relevant for teenagers.

Kā atpazīt viltus ziņu (LV portāls) 🇱🇻
Description: How to Recognize a Fake Message

KĀ LASOT NETIKT APMĀNĪTAM – 10 PADOMI (Gothe institut) 🇱🇻
Description: How to read – 10 tips

Lessons for Media Literacy (Medialab) 🇬🇧
Description: A short list of curriculum lessons includes resources created at the Media Education Lab plus other great lessons that are aligned with the theory and practice of media literacy and the pedagogies they value.      Suitable for youths, adults, trainers and teachers.

Media Literacy resources (SafeNet – National Center for Safe Internet) 🇧🇬
Description: Methodologies and manuals for children, young people, parents and teachers to raise awareness of the dangers of using information and communication technologies. Resource especially relevant for children and teenagers.

Navigating Digital Information (Crash Course) 🇬🇧 (subtitles available)
Description: Video course about digital information and fake news.

Operation InfeKtion: How Russia Perfected the Art of War (NYT) 🇬🇧 (subtitles available)
Description: Video documentary about the Operation Infekion, launched by Russian propaganda against USA in the 70ies.

So geht MEDIEN (ARD, ZDF & Deutschlandradio) 🇩🇪
Description: A project of ARD, ZDF & Deutschlandradio (German public broadcasting corporations), that provides many entertaining but very instructive explanatory videos, a fake news quiz, useful links, tutorials, worksheets but also lessons and training units for teachers on the subject of “recognizing fake news on the internet”.

UnBias Awareness Cards: Facilitator Booklet (Unbiased) 🇬🇧
Description: A facilitators’ booklet and other resources to raise awareness about what are algorithms (resources have been tested with people aged 13-17 years, 18-29 years, 30-50 years and the over 65s). Suitable for youth and adults, with guidance from trainers and teachers. Includes Awareness Cards and Fairness Toolkit.

Webwise (Irish Internet Safety Awareness Centre) 🇬🇧
Description: An Irish website with advice, info and resources addressing a range of internet safety issues and concerns. Suitable for youths, adults, trainers and teachers.

4. Materials for a “family setting” learning session (materials, regardless of the subject, that can inspire training sessions for all family members together)

KĀ LASOT NETIKT APMĀNĪTAM – 10 PADOMI (Gothe institut) 🇱🇻
Description: How to read – 10 tips

Lessons for Media Literacy (Medialab) 🇬🇧
Description: A short list of curriculum lessons includes resources created at the Media Education Lab plus other great lessons that are aligned with the theory and practice of media literacy and the pedagogies they value.      Suitable for youths, adults, trainers and teachers.

Mediju pratība – kā jauniešiem atšķirt īsto informāciju no viltus ziņām (pietiek.com) 🇱🇻
Description: How to help young people to distinguish between right information and fake news.

So geht MEDIEN (ARD, ZDF & Deutschlandradio) 🇩🇪
Description: A project of ARD, ZDF & Deutschlandradio (German public broadcasting corporations), that provides many entertaining but very instructive explanatory videos, a fake news quiz, useful links, tutorials, worksheets but also lessons and training units for teachers on the subject of “recognizing fake news on the internet”.


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This project is co-funded by Preparatory action "Media literacy for all" of the European Commission DG CNECT. Grant Agreement: LC-01249049