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Through the Checkology virtual classroom, middle school and high school students learn to separate fact from fiction, to understand the vital role of a free press in a democracy, and to become informed and engaged participants in civic life.

Checkology® Virtual Classroom

Washington DC, United States
The News Literacy Project (NLP), a U.S.-based nonpartisan education nonprofit, empowers educators to teach students the skills they need to become smart, active consumers of news and other information and engaged, informed participants in civic life. The Checkology virtual classroom is an enhanced e-learning platform where students in middle school and high school learn the critical-thinking skills they need to assess the torrent of information that they encounter every day.

What is the Checkology virtual classroom?

“The most effective classroom resource I'm aware of to make certain that our students are media-savvy for the challenges that await them in the 21st century.”

Eric Nadelstern, former chief schools officer, New York City Department of Education

Young people are dealing with the most challenging information ecosystem in human history, rife with misinformation, hoaxes and falsehoods that distort students’ understanding of their world. To become critical thinkers who demand the truth, they must develop news literacy skills. 

NLP believe that news literacy education — learning how to know what to believe — is the most effective approach to meeting this challenge. The Checkology virtual classroom teaches students to separate fact from fiction, to understand the vital role of a free press in a democracy, and to become informed and engaged participants in civic life. 

The platform's interactive multimedia lessons, hosted by leading journalists and experts in digital media and the First Amendment, help educators equip students in middle school and high school with the tools to evaluate and interpret what they read, watch and hear so they know what to trust, share and act on.

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129 000
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Register for an account at A Checkology Basic account, available at no charge, provides access to four foundational lessons, taught in a one-to-many format. Checkology Premium licenses, available at a modest per-student price, include 13 lessons, along with challenges, quizzes and other resources. Checkology lessons meet state curriculum standards in social studies and English language arts.
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Checkology® Virtual Classroom | HundrED Spotlight 2019
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