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Cyber Civics: Level 3

Media Literacy for Positive Participation

There has never been a more important time to teach youth how to critically evaluate and creatively produce media—not just the printed word, but visual and audio media too! This program provides a turnkey curriculum plus support for a full year of "Media Literacy For Positive Participation" in-classroom lessons or at-home lessons. Covers "fake" news, sexting, media stereotypes, and more!

About Level 3

 

This, the powerful final level of Cyber Civics, focuses on media literacy which is "the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms." Within this turnkey program you will find lesson plans (downloadable and easy-to-teach), videos, parent engagement letters, background materials, fillable PDF forms for students, and access to one-to-one support—so that you can teach these important skills.

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Media Literacy IS ESSENTIAL

 

 

 

There has never been a more important time to teach students how to critically evaluate and creatively produce media messages. With misinformation so easily made and shared online, knowing how to recognize it, and understanding what to do about it, is so important that many states across the U.S. mandate that "media literacy" be taught in school.

This level of Cyber Civics builds upon the strong foundation of the first two levels of this program. Like Levels 1 and 2, these lessons emphasize ethical and critical thinking, discussion and decision-making through hands-on projects, problem-solving activities, and role-play. It can be delivered in the classroom and can also be used for Distance learning.

 

Read about current Media Literacy Legislation here

Download NAMLE's Core Principles of Media Literacy

                      

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Low subscription cost is determined by size of school.

  • Subscribing schools/organizations receive a school-wide license with full support.

  • Includes parent licenses and guide in the event of Distance Learning.

  • Any teacher at subscribing school or organization can open a private account and get access to lesson plans (downloadable PDF's), videos, teacher guides, Fillable PDF Forms for students, and family activites.

  • Always current resources and constantly updated.

  • Teachers receive a monthly newsletter announcing new lessons and resources.

  • Multiple school/district discounts available.

  • Low home school cost.
  • For online demonstrations or onsite presentations, contact us.

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Testimonials

“Since the Cyber Civics classes started at our school, there have been only three reported incidences of poor digital behavior; none in the last two years. This is unheard of in this day and age. What has been a small investment has paid off tenfold. Plus it allows us to put our energy on what matters most, learning and teaching in a happy, safe, and healthy community.”

-Shaheer Faltas, Administrator at the Founding School

 

"After seeing Journey School's Cyber Civics program presentation and learning more about it, I am pleased to endorse it on behalf of Charters OC as a solution to helping young people learn how to use digital media competently and thoughtfully."

 

-Susan Mas, Executive Director, Charters OC- an initiative of Innovators OC and the California Charter Schools Association

"An excellent resource to teach students how to be safe and wise online. The activities, videos, resources, and support staff are top notch."

-Morgan Hensley, Teacher, Southwestern Middle School, Hanover, IN

"Cyber Civics lays a strong foundation for healthy digital ethics, information and computer literacy so when children face inevitable, difficult choices online, they will make the right decisions."

-Dr. Paul Helfrich, Teacher, Westside Waldorf School, L.A., CA

"The thoughtfulness and breadth of the program is an asset to our school, and the parents are very happy to have "tech-driver's-ed" in our curriculum."

-Soni Albright, City of Lakes Waldorf School

 

"We know that digital-citizenship education works. The Journey School in Aliso Viejo, a small Southern California city, is an example of a digital-citizenship success story. Since instituting a three-year middle school series on digital citizenship, information literacy on evaluation of online sources, and media-literacy courses to teach critical-thinking skills around media texts of all kinds—music videos, film, print advertising—the school has nearly eliminated bullying and behavioral issues and significantly boosted standardized-test scores."

-Education Week, July 2016

Cyber Civics is the best digital media literacy curriculum I've seen yet as it is developmentally based and creative."

 

-Sheila Reilly, Administrator, Woodland Star Charter School

 

"Since cyber-life is imperative to a child's future, isn't it about time to demand that schools implement Cyber Civics classes?"

 

-Online Safety Expert Sue Scheff, in "Digital Citizenship Is a Important as Potty Training: Let's Start Cyber Civics In All Schools

 

“If a Cyber Civics or digital literacy class is offered in your school or community, sign the kids up."

-Kelly Wallace, CNN, in "5 Things To Think About Before Buying Your Child a Cell Phone"

“Media Literacy education – which teaches students to apply critical thinking to media messages and to use media to create their own messages – is a key 21st century skill. Media Literacy is critical to the health and well-being of America’s children, as well as to their future participation in the civic and economic life of our democracy.”  -Media Literacy Now

Subscriber-Only Curriculum

UNIT 1: LIVING IN A PARTICIPATORY CULTURE

Students learn the difference between “consuming” and “producing” media as they discover what it means to live in a “participatory culture” (a term coined by scholar Henry Jenkins). They begin to understand how to participate and contribute to media discourse in powerful and positive ways.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Are You a Consumer or a Producer?

  • Are You a Multitasker?

  • Your Brain on Tech

  • Let's Get Blogging (2 Parts)

 

UNIT 2: CALLING ON CRITICAL THINKING

In the book, Net Smart: How To Thrive Online, Stanford professor Howard Rheingold introduces the C.R.A.P. Detection test: “The first thing we all need to know about information online is how to detect crap, a technical term I use for information tainted by ignorance, inept communication, or deliberate deception.” In this unit students learn how to use Rheingold’s test, an unforgettable tool that will help them assess information they find online.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • C.R.A.P. Detection

  • Using C.R.A.P. Detection Skills

 

UNIT 3: "FAKE" NEWS

One of the wonderful things about living in a participatory culture is that anyone and everyone can be a purveyor of information and news. This is one of the great downsides too. This unit teaches students how to be critical consumers of news media, and helps them understand how misinformation can spread via the Internet and social media, and even find its way into mainstream “news.”

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • What's News?

  • Understanding "Fake" News

  • Clickbait and Deepfakes

  • Simon Says It's Fake

  • Unit 2 & 3 Quiz

 

UNIT 4: STEREOTYPES & MEDIA REPRESENTATION

A critical media participant should know how to recognize and understand the role media plays in creating and perpetuating stereotypes. In this unit students put C.R.A.P. Detection skills to work as they take a critical look at media stereotypes.

  • Teacher Guide
    Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Seeing Stereotypes

  • Stereotypes All Around Us

  • Selling to Stereotype (2 Parts)

 

UNIT 5: VISUAL LITERACY

From Instagram toYouTube, Snapchat, TikTok and more, the messages young people consume and create are largely visual. This unit helps students learn how to read and create visual media, and also teaches them how to be less susceptible to visual manipulations.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Before There Was Photoshop

  • Every Picture Tells a Story

  • Spot That Photoshop

  • Food Takes Center Stage

  • Unit 4 & 5 Quiz

 

UNIT 6: SEXTING

Sexting, “the sending OR receiving of sexually suggestive, nude, or seminude images,” is a serious digital age issue and in many states individuals who distribute, possess, or produce a sexually explicit image of a minor could be charged under the state’s child pornography statutes. Many young people are unaware of the potentially serious consequences of sexting, which is addressed in this unit.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Let's Talk About Sexting

  • Sexting: Just Say No

 

UNIT 7: DIGITAL LEADERSHIP

The ultimate objective of these lessons is to transition students from being “digital citizens” into becoming “digital leaders” who will wield technology with purpose and positivity. This unit arms students with powerful skills and knowledge of tools that can help them achieve this end.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • The Power of Social Media

  • Trolls, Lurkers, and Upstanders

  • Emerging Technologies and Ethical Thinking

  • Final Activity: Are You a Consumer or a Producer Now?

 

EXTRA UNIT: FINAL PROJECT RESEARCH 

We recommend that all schools use this extra unit in conjunction with an “8th grade project” or a “passion project” of a student’s choice. These lessons show students how to use digital media to research, write, cite, and create a research project. These are all important research skills students will use in high school and beyond.

  • Teacher Guide

  • Parent Letter w/Activities

  • Filters and Operators

  • Search Like a Pro

  • Avoiding Plagiarism

  • How To Cite Right

  • Let's Review! Copyright, Fair Use, Public Domain

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