Good Reads on Overdrive!


High School

Overdrive by Eric Walters.  Gr 9-12

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Jake has finally got his driver’s license, and tonight he has his brother’s car as well. He and his friend Mickey take the car out and cruise the strip. When they challenge another driver to a street race, a disastrous chain reaction causes an accident. Jake and Mickey leave the scene, trying to convince themselves they were not involved. Jake finds he cannot pretend it didn’t happen and struggles with the right thing to do. Should he pretend he was not involved? Or should he go to the police?

The Curse of the Viking Grave by Farley Mowat.   High School

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The popular sequel to his award-winning Lost in the Barrens, this is Farley Mowat’s suspense-filled story of how Awasin, Jamie and Peetryuk, three adventure-prone boys, stumble upon a cache of Viking relics in an ancient tomb somewhere in the north of Canada. Packed with excitement and with little-known information about the customs of Viking explorers, this story of survival portrays the bond of youthful friendship and the wonders of a virtually unexplored land.

The Yearling by Marjorie Rawlings (readers guide included)

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No novel better epitomizes the love between a child and a pet than The Yearling. Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend. But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh, and so, as his family fights off wolves, bears, and even alligators, and faces failure in their tenuous subsistence farming, Jody must finally part with his dear animal friend. There has been a film and even a musical based on this moving story, a fine work of great American literature.

Elementary School

 

A Butterfly is Patient by Sylvia Long

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The creators of the award-winning An Egg Is Quiet and A Seed Is Sleepy have teamed up again to create this gorgeous and informative introduction to the world of butterflies. From iridescent blue swallowtails and brilliant orange monarchs to the worlds tiniest butterfly (Western Pygmy Blue) and the largest (Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing), an incredible variety of butterflies are celebrated here in all of their beauty and wonder. Perfect for a child’s bedroom bookshelf or for a classroom reading circle! Plus, this is the fixed format version, which looks almost identical to the print edition.

The Doll People by Ann.M Martin.  Audiobook. Middle grades.

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The 100-year-old Doll family—beautifully crafted china dolls passed down through four generations of girls in one American family—meet their new neighbours, the Funcrafts, a doll family made completely of plastic and delivered straight from the factory shelves.
Annabelle Doll is eight years old—she has been for over a hundred years. Not a lot has happened to her, cooped up in the dollhouse, with the same doll people, day after day, year after year…until the Funcrafts move in. Now Annabelle has a friend. Sure she’s made entirely of plastic and she’s living in the scariest room in the house, but she’s an adventurer, and after a hundred years of boredom, that’s just what Annabelle needs.

Why Do Rabbits Hop? Penguin Young Readers by Joan Holub.  Read Aloud Format

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Gr 2-3-Using a question-and-answer format, Rabbits discusses the different traits and behaviors of rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, and gerbils. While all are rodents, each one has its own peculiarities. Horses does the same for horses and ponies. Charming, full-color photographs and drawings, especially those depicting the animals interacting with humans, mostly children, enhance the large-type texts. A winning combination of tightly written narrative, age-appropriate vocabulary, and worthy illustrations guarantees that independent readers will enjoy these titles.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA

The Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing by Helen Lester.  Read Aloud.

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Ewetopia is not comfortable in her own wool, and every attempt she makes to impress the other sheep falls flat. So when an invitation to the Woolyones’ Costume Ball arives, Ewetopia knows her chance to shine has come at last. After trying on fifty-eight different costumes, she finally finds the perfect one—or so she thinks. But her wolf ensemble turns out to be none too popular with Rambunctious, Ramshackle, and Ramplestiltskin, so Ewetopia finds herself standing all alone again when a stranger enters the room. He is dressed simply as a sheep, but he is so handsome, none of the other sheep notice anything peculiar about his costume choice. Ewecalyptus, Ewetensil, and Heyeywe all look on as the newcomer chooses to dance with none other than Ewetopia. But as they dance across the floor, Ewetopia begins to wonder about her mysterious partner: Why is his growl so deep? Why does he have such long, sharp claws? And why does he keep calling her Mother?!!!

Swimmy by Leo Leonni .  Read and Listen.

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In this charming Read & Listen edition, kids can dive deep in the sea to discover a happy school of little fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and team work—they can overcome any danger. With its graceful text and stunning artwork, this Caldecott Honor Book deserves a place in every family’s ebook collection.
This ebook includes Read & Listen audio narration.

Adult Professional Development

In the Name of Jesus by Henri Louwen

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Henri Nouwen was a spiritual thinker with an unusual capacity to write about the life of Jesus and the love of God in ways that have inspired countless people to trust life more fully. Most widely read among the over 40 books Father Nouwen wrote is In the Name of Jesus. For a society that measures successful leadership in terms of the effectiveness of the individual, Father Nouwen offers a counter definition that is witnessed by a “communal and mutual experience.” For Nouwen, leadership cannot function apart from the community. His wisdom is grounded in the foundation that we are a people “called.” This beautiful guide to Christian Leadership is the rich fruit of Henri Nouwen’s own journey as one of the most influential spirtiual leaders of the 20th century.

Brain Olympics Workshop! Save the date!


March 6th   3:00 p.m.

Brain Olympics:  Pumping Up Growth Mindsets and Design Thinking in Your Home

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What:  Join HCOS teacher, Sarah Zuidhof, as she discusses how to exercise and train for a gold-medal Growth Mindset in your kids.  Sarah will share helpful book titles, activities and project ideas that she has tried with her own five kids that could motivate you for new Applied Design projects in your family.

Who:  Parents, teachers

Where:  Zoom classroom

 Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:  https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/337380724

Or iPhone one-tap :

Canada: +16475580588,,337380724#

Or Telephone:

Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

Canada: +1 647 558 0588

Meeting ID: 337 380 724 International numbers available:  https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=WGxM9a_azkFS0blBUvXizrNB2ieUiEdp

Blessings,
Learning Commons Team

Read-a-thon Winners!


We are so proud of the students, all 165 of them!, who took part in the read-a-thon!  What an accomplishment:  279,315 minutes read combined!  That’s 193.97 full (24 hour) days of reading!

And now, here are the winners:

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Honorable mention goes to:

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Notes:

  • Winners cannot win for both top reader of class and highest overall score
  • Winners from previous year are not eligible to win Grand Prize/top class prize two years in a row, but are still eligible for the Random prize draw.

All students will receive a Read-A-Thon Certificate from their teacher after completion or you can download it here:  Certificate2018

Great work everyone!!

 

Don’t Miss This Techie Tuesday Webinar: Blogging, Digital Writing, and Personal Learning Networks


Blogging, Digital Writing, and Personal Learning Networks

with Cynthia, Pippa, and Beth

When: Feb 20, 2017, 3:00 p.m

What:  Join HCOS Curriculum Consultant Cynthia Duncalfe, as she gives an overview of how blogging using platforms like our HCOS KidBlog subscription can enrich learning experiences and even serve as a portfolio of learning for your students.  Beth Johnson, our Subscriptions Facilitator will walk us through how to set up a KidBlog account.  Pippa Davies, teacher-librarian and Director of our Learning Commons will share the importance of digital writing and how simple it is to develop your own personal/professional learning network.

Who:  Students, parents, teachers

Where:  Zoom classroom: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: UPDATED LINK:  https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/414994689

Read a thon coming to an end!


The Read a thon ends this Friday!  Be sure to enter your student’s minutes in this tally form. Deadline to enter minutes is Feb. 15, 2018.  Winner will be announced on February 19th, 2018.

Big Changes on OverDrive!



Good News! We now have the capacity for many more menus on OverDrive, and we’ve made some major changes, investing significant time making improvements to the way you search our collections.


First of all, take a look at our all-new “Curriculum” tab…

 

 

 

New Curriculum Tab

All the subject lists by grade reside here!  So, instead of searching through all the titles in our former “Grades 2/3 Titles for BC’s New Curriculum” curation, for example, you’ll now see a screen that looks like this:

 

 

 

New Collections Lists

New to our “Collections” tab are CORE COMPETENCIES curations and much more!  Take a look at some of the new collections we’ve been working on.

 

 

The new capacity for multiple lists in this “Collections” tab opens up many new opportunities to share curated lists with you to meet your needs.

We’re incredibly excited to be launching these improvements to serve you better!  There are still a few tweaks and additions that we’ll be making over the next few weeks, and so if you have any suggestions for us, or if you are having trouble finding what you’re looking for, your Learning Commons Team is here to support you!

MORE CHANGES YET TO COME … STAY TUNED!


 

I love reading new Non Fiction on Overdrive!


February purchases on Overdrive this month include some awesome high school and elementary reads!

High School!

Only Remembered by Michael Morpurgo,

Published to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, this beautiful anthology collects favourite extracts, poems and images from some of the UK’s leading cultural, political and literary figures.

Poems, short stories, personal letters, newspaper articles, scripts, photographs and paintings are just some of the elements of this astonishing collection, with cover and artwork by renowned illustrator, Ian Beck.

Among the many contributors are Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Andrew Motion, Miranda Hart, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer, Antony Beevor, Emma Thompson, David Almond, Dr Rowan Williams, Richard Curtis, Joanna Lumley, Raymond Briggs, Shami Chakrabarti and Sir Tony Robinson.  Link in Overdrive when signed in:

A Fair Deal:  Shopping for Social Justice by Kari Jones.  Middle Grades

Fair trade is not about spending more money or buying more stuff. It’s about helping producers in developing countries get a fair price for their goods. In A Fair Deal: Shopping for Social Justice, Kari Jones provides a history of trade, explaining what makes trade systems unfair and what we can do about it. By examining ways in which our global trade systems value some people over others, the book illustrates areas in which fair trade practices can help families all around the world and suggests ways to get involved in making the world a more equitable place. Link in Overdrive when signed in.

Speaking our Truth:  A Journey of Reconciliation by Monique Gray Smith

Canada’s relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of both the residential school system and the lack of understanding of the historical and current impact of those schools. Healing and repairing that relationship requires education, awareness and increased understanding of the legacy and the impacts still being felt by survivors and their families. Guided by acclaimed Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, readers will learn about the lives of Survivors and listen to allies who are putting the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission into action.  Link in Overdrive.

Elementary School

Around the World Right Now by Gina Gascone

In this multicultural travelogue through each of the 24 time zones, young readers are invited to travel the world and experience all the people, places, and things that exist on our planet right now. In every minute of every hour of every day, something wonderful is happening around our world. In Santa Fe, New Mexico, an artist sits behind his easel working on a painting. While at the same time in Greenland, an Inuit boy begins training his first pack of sled dogs. While in Madagascar, a playful lemur is trying to steal treats from a family’s picnic, just as a baby humpback whale is born deep in the Pacific Ocean. A perfect read-aloud to help introduce geography and time-telling as well as a celebration of the richness and diversity of life on our planet.  Link in Overdrive.

The Industrial Revolution: INVESTIGATE HOW SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CHANGED THE WORLD with 25 PROJECTS by Carla Mooney

Imagine a world without brand-name products! Before the Industrial Revolution it was not possible to produce enough of the same item to have a brand, but in 100 years the world changed from make-your-own everything to a society of manufactured goods. The Industrial Revolution: Investigate How Science and Technology Changed the World introduces the dynamic individuals who led this revolution and how their innovations impacted the lives of everyone, rich and poor, city-dwellers and farmers alike. Elements of history, biography, civics, science, and technology combine with activity-driven enrichment projects that kids can do with minimal supervision. Activities include creating a water-powered wheel, designing a steam ship, building a telegraph machine, and making a pinhole camera.  Access this book here.

Traditional Stories of the Northwest Coast by Carla Mooney Traditional Series of the Northwest Coast

The Northwest Coast region covers the strip of land along the Pacific coast of Canada and the northern United States. Traditional Stories of the Northwest Coast Nations features stories from several of the region’s Native Nations, including the Haida, Quileute, and Lummi. Easy-to-read text, vivid images, and helpful back matter give readers a clear look at this subject. Features include a table of contents, infographics, a glossary, additional resources, and an index. Aligned to BC standards. Core Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.  Link in Overdrive

Sea Turtles by Cindy Rodriguez

Series :  Eye to Eye with Endangered Species

Beautiful photos and text examine the issues endangered sea turtles face and how they can be saved.  Link in Overdrive.

Where is Easter Island by Megan Stine

Unearth the secrets of the mysterious giant stone statues on this tiny remote Pacific island.
Easter Island, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean thousands of miles from anywhere, has intrigued visitors since Europeans first arrived in the 1700s. How did people first come to live there? How did they build the enormous statues and why? How were they placed around the island without carts or even wheels? Scientists have learned many of the answers, although some things still remain a mystery. Megan Stine reveals it all in a gripping narrative.
This book, part of the New York Times best-selling series, is enhanced by eighty illustrations and a detachable fold-out map complete with four photographs on the back.  Link in Overdrive.

 

How to be Research Savvy with Pippa!


February 6th

How to be Research Savvy with Pippa.  3:00-4;00 pm.  PAC time

What:  Pippa Davies will share some of the important criteria needed to evaluate the web as well as some essential tools we can use to make our work more authentic and valid, including copyright and online privacy.

Who:  Students in grades 5 and up, parents, teachers.

Where:  Zoom classroom.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/556887929

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,556887929#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 556 887 929
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=sRWsgcPbbWi9gLojIRSVW6zY9BDa2x6C

Click on this poll to register

 

Read Aloud Day!


Not to late to sign up for our Read Aloud Day on Zoom! Check it out!

Sign up at this poll or in the comments area.

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HCS Learning Commons

Welcome to the World Read Aloud Day on February 1st 2018 @ 10 am!  To celebrate this auspicious day we are inviting students to come and hear famous author Christine Pakkalashare her love of reading and her fabulous books from the series : Last But Not Least Lola! These early chapter books are perfect for your students in grades 2-5.  They are also available on Overdrive and should be read as a prelude to the session if possible.

What:  Author read aloud with information on Christine Pakkala’s books and writing.

Who may attend?  Students in grades 1-7 and parents/teachers

Where?  Zoom Video conferencing platform.

Time :  10 am PAC

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/337380724

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,337380724#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
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Finding New Books in L4U


Have you ever wondered how to find the newest items added to our physical library, L4U?  It’s very easy!  Just log in and go to the Home page, where you will see the search bar and below are three options:  New Items, Top Ten Subjects and Top Ten Series.  You can scroll through the most recently added new items or click on the View More link to see everything added in the last 90 days.

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Another handy tip is knowing how to find more books on the same subject. Once you click on the title of a book, the book record opens. Under Subjects you will see a number of blue highlighted subject options.  These are links that will take you to a list of books that share that subject!

subjects We hope these tips help you find resources more easily!

February News -> Learning Commons


February brings snow and the Olympics!!  The Learning Commons brings creative,  fun activities, and engaging learning resources to help you with your February learning!

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Hopefully, many of our students have achieved some new reading scores with their Read-A-Thon goals.  Keep reading, don’t stop!  The more words you read or listen to the more literate you become!

This month we also celebrate Black History Month, Valentines Day, and lots of awesome events in our Techie Tuesday line up, and for our students on Ning some wonderful contests.

 

New in the Learning Commons!

Kits!  We have the following new kits available now:

Gr. 8 Electromagnetic Spectrum and Light Digital Unit Study Kit

Gr. 8 Middle Ages Digital Unit Study Kit

Middle Ages Kit Extension:  The Crusades Digital Mini-Unit Study Kit Guide

Gr 8 Renaissance Digital Unit Study Kit

Reformation and Counter-Reformation Digital Mini-Unit Study Kit Guide

 

New Books in L4U!

New Core Competency Packs!  Also curated collections on Overdrive.

Inquiry based Picture books!

New Maker Sessions in Kelowna!

Do you have students in K-3 in Kelowna?  Check out our amazing Maker ed days this semester in this post.

Highlight Special Education Resources on Overdrive!

Did you know that we have many materials on Overdrive to help you plan your curricular goals for your students?  From Hi/Lo books (books with high content and lower lexile level) to; graphic novels, audio books, reference books and workbooks,  we have a plethora of curriculum and fiction to keep your students busy reading at their confidence level.

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This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

To find materials with an SE focus please go to Overdrive e library-> Collections-> Special Education->Hi/Lo Resources-> Graphic Novels.

Also, check out the format for read-along picture books in this post, here.

 

New from the Web Linking Library!

Valentine’s Day.

Canadian Arctic Expedition 1913-1918

STEAM resources

Salmon in the Classroom

Endangered Species Canada

Winter Olympics resources

 New from Ning!

Photography contest– all grades.

Book Trailer contest– all grades

STEAM contest- all grades

To join Ning please contact Erin Duncan.

One-Minute Dare

I have the suspicion that many families have not yet viewed our “Grade Resources Pages” for K-9 students.  Take a minute to go to https://hcslearningcommons.org/bc-ed-plan-resources-for-each-grade/, scroll down to choose any grade (K-9), then scroll down through the subjects, which are listed in alphabetical order.

Just take one minute to look—I dare you!  (It can be done in 4 seconds!)

  • At the top of the page you will find the link to the BC Curriculum for that grade
  • Next, you will find information about how to access (1) the Learning Commons, (2) our subscriptions usernames and passwords, and (3) BC ExamBank for practice tests.
  • Under each subject heading (E.g. ADST, Math, Science, etc.) you will find information related to that grade, coming from our Learning Commons (Library), Subscriptions, and available Online Resources.
  • Under the heading “Curriculum and Unit Study Kits”, you will find that grade’s list of kits, reading list, booklists, curriculum suggestions, and novel/literature studies available.
  • One particularly helpful heading is “First Peoples Integration”, which will give you information on where to find First Nations information you can include in your studies.
  • At the bottom, you will find Special Education Resources (from the OverDrive and L4U libraries), Subscriptions Correlations and Weblinks.

 

New Techie Tuesday and Literacy Events Happening Soon – Mark Your Calendar!

February 1st

Read Aloud Day!  Come and join author Christine Pakkala share on her books from the Lola series.   Middle grades.   To sign up please go to this article here.

 

February 6th

How to be Research Savvy with Pippa.  3:00-4;00 pm.  PAC time

What:  Pippa Davies will share some of the important criteria needed to evaluate the web as well as some essential tools we can use to make our work more authentic and valid, including copyright and online privacy.

Who:  Students in grades 4 and up, parents, teachers.

Where:  Zoom classroom.

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/556887929

Or iPhone one-tap :
Canada: +16475580588,,556887929#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
Canada: +1 647 558 0588
Meeting ID: 556 887 929
International numbers available: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=sRWsgcPbbWi9gLojIRSVW6zY9BDa2x6C

Click on this poll to register

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018,  at 3:00 p.m.

Gizmos Webinar – Gizmos Presenter:  If a Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words, a Simulation Is Worth a Million!

Math topics come to life and student depth of understanding soars when using online simulations to introduce, develop and expand conceptual understanding. With simulations, students are more engaged and more likely to explore and rediscover concepts, just like a true mathematician. Join us to learn how you can use Gizmos to support your students at home and guide them to success.   (Topic to be illustrated:  Density and Distance/Time)

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What?  Webinar about using Gizmos for exciting math learning, taught by a Gizmos trainer

Who?  Parents, students (especially Gr. 7-9), teachers

Where?  https://zoom.us/j/757702827

Answer this poll to register for the webinar:

 

Feb 20, 2017   3:00 p.m.

Blogging, Digital Writing, and Personal Learning Networks with Cynthia, Pippa and Beth

What:  Join HCOS Curriculum Consultant, Cynthia Duncalfe, as she gives an overview of how blogging using platforms like our HCOS KidBlog subscription can enrich learning experiences and even serve as a portfolio of learning for your students.  Pippa Davies, teacher-librarian and Director of our Learning Commons will share the importance of digital writing and how simple it is to develop your own personal/professional learning network.

Who:  Students, parents, teachers

Where:  Zoom classroom: Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://onlineschool.zoom.us/j/7918784239

Blessings from your learning commons team!

Fake News – What???


Did you know that in the last US election, “fake news” outperformed mainstream news?  I was shocked to learn that by going to the right sites and “messing” with the true news, I can 1.  fill a candidate’s mouth with totally different words; 2. change his facial expressions; and 3. totally change a piece of media making it almost indecipherable from the original.  People spread false reports for commercial or malicious reasons, or even just for fun.  So how are we to know that the articles we are viewing are the truth?  And even more, how are we to encourage our students to care about finding the truth?

First, what is fake news?  It can include such things as:

  1.  False information posted on a website to mimic real news.
  2.  Satirical websites being taken seriously.
  3.  Native advertising, which is advertising disguised as “news” articles.
  4.  Slanted or biased news.  It could speak truth, but omit critical information.

How can we check to find out whether our news is accurate or not?

As was mentioned in the embedded video, check the source sites.  People will often believe sites even though they state clearly that they are fake news.

  1. Read the “about us” in a site.
  2. Note the domain name.
  3. Consult the experts.

Learn to do a “Reverse Google Image Search”–this is a basic skill for all students.  Just right click on an image, hit “copy image address”, then go to the original site where the image was found.

“Satirical websites” and memes are often forwarded as truth.  It is so important to check the source.

“Native advertising” camouflages ads by making them look like real news.  This allows them to misrepresent scientific studies, for example.  Students can actually phone the organization to ask for their scientific results!

We need to realize, also, that our interests will drive what media content we will see on the internet.  You may have noticed this in a Facebook site, for example.  The Wall Street Journal created Blue Feed, Red Feed to illustrate how Facebook specifically shows what viewers want to see and engage with.

There is a great site to use in response to the problems of satirical or slanted news media:  “Media Bias/Fact Check“.  This site will list media sources and rate them for you according to their bias:  left bias, left-centre bias, least biased, right-centre bias, right bias, pro-science, conspiracy-pseudoscience, questionable sources, and satire.  It will show where the media involved would fall on a scale of extreme left to extreme right,  expresses whether the reporting tends to be factual or not, and gives a link to the “about page”.  Unfortunately, it is an American site and did not include the “The Beaverton” in its listing of satirical sites.

A fun way to teach students about spotting real or fake news is to use the “Fact-itious” website .  If you are working with several students together, you can use “Two Truths and a Lie”–finding 3 stories and then getting the group to assess which two are true and which one isn’t.  This gives opportunity to encourage students to read articles beyond the headlines.

Resources for teaching students to evaluate media:

Contents and resources for this article were inspired by the Cinematheque workshop ‘Dissecting Fake News’ ( http://thecinematheque.ca/education/media-literacy/ ), delivered by Liz Schulze at the 2017 PSA Superconference.

 Presentation Summary of the workshop presentation “Dissecting Fake News: Media Literacy in the Post-Truth Era”  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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