Teachers for an Informed Public (TiP) is an organization of teachers and librarians dedicated to bringing digital media literacy skills to their students and communities to help them tell fact from fiction online. TiP is inspired by the work of the University of Washington Center for an Informed Public.
Teach students media literacy skills
TiP uses the Digital Survival Skills curriculum: four modules that teach students how our brains are affected by technology, how tech platforms work, the dangers of mis- and disinformation, and quick fact-checking skills they can apply in their daily lives. The modules are available on Washington OER and TiP hosts trainings on the curriculum once a year.
Support members in hosting MisinfoDay Jr in their communities
The Digital Survival Skills curriculum culminates in students hosting MisinfoDay Jr, a live event where they lead interactive workshops and presentations on media literacy skills for their communities. MisinfoDay Jr is multigenerational – students can present to parents, grandparents, siblings, and community members – and skills-based – all attendees leave with media literacy skills they can apply to their life immediately. The event is inspired by CIP’s MisinfoDay event aimed at high school students.
Attend monthly community meetings
TiP hosts virtual community meetings on the third Monday of every month. Members hear from leaders in the media literacy field and have the opportunity to discuss their experiences teaching these skills.
The Digital Survival Skills modules are currently aimed at grades 9-12. TiP high school educators provide feedback to improve the current curriculum while middle and elementary educators work to scale it to their level so that soon all students K-12 will be able to access the curriculum.
If you’re interested in joining, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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