Fake News, Social Media, and You!

Recently, I had the chance to teach a digital literacy class in our new 9th grade skills course. This was the first time ever that my school was going to offer something like this, and I only had the 1 block period to do it, so I had to make it count. It turned out really well, judging by the feedback. Next year I hope to expand this into two classes so we can talk about individual responsible use of social media and more broadly about digital citizenship.

What I’m sharing here is an overview of what I put together. Feel free to borrow and tweak to your needs, I just ask that you credit me. Do not post this on other sites. 

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Teen Topics Collection

I have wanted to create a Teen Topics collection for years, since I got my first school library job in 2016. During my brief return to public libraries in 2019-2020, I got to work with a similar collection. However, it was poorly promoted and managed by the system, and the youth services librarians had little control over the content. When I returned to school libraries in 2020, I knew I wanted to create this kind of collection at my new school. Took me a while to sort out budgets and backend stuff, but this month I finally got to launch it. So let’s walk through these collections: what they are, how they can be beneficial, and how I put mine together.

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