As adult educators, we need to build the capacity of our learners to differentiate between fact and opinion, recognize bias, and make decisions that are informed by reliable evidence. In other words, we need our adult learners to have strong critical thinking skills. The Tools for Teaching Media Literacy section of the NewseumED website includes activities, lessons, and case studies that explore how the language in news stories influence us and how to know the difference between a story that is worth sharing and one that is, well, junk.
The Newseum is an actual museum located in Washington, D.C. that “promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.” As part of their mission, they have developed NewseumED, which is a free online learning platform. The Tools for Teaching Media Literacy comprise just one section of their EDTools collection. The resources are all free, but users are encouraged to create an account in order to access the most content.