News literacy and critical thinking – autumn 2019 update

It’s going to be a busy term for everyone concerned about news literacy in schools. London CLC’s Peter Lillington highlights upcoming work and resources.

As the new term starts we’re eagerly looking forward to our London CLC collaborative project on news literacy with First News. We’ve now got the full complement of 10 schools signed up to participate later in the autumn but if you’d like to be involved at a later point do contact James to be put on a waiting list.

Sharing expertise

The plan is that activities around learning about where the news comes from, how it reaches us (both digital and non-digital channels) and how we know whether we can trust it, will take place in the project schools during October. It will all culminate in a special event at London CLC in November when teams of children from the schools will compete and collaborate. We expect they will then be eager to share resources and their new expertise and confidence with other classes back in their schools.

Beyond the schools taking part, our collaboration with First News will produce some joint resources on this important topic for all schools and we will share these more widely through our websites and the NewsWise resources pages. We’ll report back on that at our Computing Conference later this term.

A global issue

We’re going to be adding increased global awareness to the mix as well. First off, we’re participating in Google’s Global Media Literacy Summit, taking place in early September. It will be really interesting to hear not only Google’s take and actions around this important topic but also to learn from a range of speakers from across the globe. 

Secondly, we are thrilled to have been invited to speak at the British Council’s eTwinning Conference in Nottingham at the end of the month. We look forward to talking with school colleagues from across the country around the theme of democratic participation and critical literacy. We’ll report back on both these events here on the London CLC blog.

News Literacy Network

Closer to home, we’re also looking forward to an after-school visit to colleagues at the Guardian Foundation’s Education Centre in Kings Cross to learn more about their work with schools. Along with Guardian Foundation, First News and a number of other media and other education organisations, we continue to participate in the News Literacy network, which has grown out of the NewsWise initiative funded by Google, with National Literacy Trust, Guardian Foundation and the PSHE association. If you haven’t checked out the free resources for schools yet, have a look here: https://literacytrust.org.uk/programmes/news-wise/

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