Resources on Media Literacy, Asking Questions and How the Brain Works

Media Literacy

News Literacy Project

National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)
The National Association for Media Literacy Education is a national organization dedicated to media literacy. NAMLE’s mission is to be the leading voice, convener and resource to foster critical thinking and effective communication for empowered media participation.

Center for Media Literacy
The Center for Media Literacy (CML) is an educational organization that provides leadership, public education, professional development and educational resources nationally and internationally. Dedicated to promoting and supporting media literacy education as a framework for accessing, analyzing, evaluating, creating and participating with media content, CML works to help citizens, especially the young, develop critical thinking and media production skills needed to live fully in the 21st century media culture. (Download CML MediaLit Kit PDF.)

Media Education Lab
The Media Education Lab improves media literacy education through scholarship and community service. We have five primary areas of expertise: Research and Scholarship; Teacher Education and Staff Development; Curriculum Development; Advocacy; & Youth and Community Media Production.

Checkology is where students learn how to navigate the challenging information landscape by mastering the skills of news literacy. The virtual classroom’s 12 core lessons help educators equip their students with the tools to evaluate and interpret the news and learn how to determine what news and information to trust, share and act on.

European Association for Viewers Interests (EAVI)
The European Association for Viewers Interests is an international non-profit organisation registered in Brussels which advocates media literacy and full citizenship. EAVI supports the adoption of initiatives that enable citizens read, write and participate in public life through the media.
Media Literacy Game
Chart on misleading information

Project Look Sharp
Project Look Sharp is a media literacy initiative of Ithaca College that develops and provides lesson plans, media materials, training, and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels.

Get detailed ratings of more than 4,500 news websites that account for 95% of online engagement with news. See ratings displayed as icons next to links on all the major search engines, social media sites, and platforms.
See who’s behind each site and whether it has a record of publishing accurate information. Learn how each site fares on the nine journalistic standards NewsGuard uses to assess each site.
Get warnings on new trending misinformation sites as they are flagged and rated by NewsGuard’s 24/7 rapid response SWAT team.

Facebook Tips to Spot Fake News
Research at Princeton University with 5000 participants found that people who read these tips were able to spot fake news significantly better than those who didn’t.

Faking News: Fraudulent News and the Fight for Truth, PEN America
(Download PDF.)

Rogow, Faith & Scheibe, Cyndy. Media Literacy in Every Classroom.

Check what Facebook knows about you

Paul, Richard. The Thinker’s Guide For Conscientious Citizens on How to Detect Media Bias & Propaganda. Foundation for Critical Thinking. Kindle Edition.

Asking Questions – Critical Thinking

Berger, Warren. A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. Bloomsbury Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Campbell, Ginger. Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty (Brain Talk: Conversations with Neuroscientists Book 1). JENTS, LLC. Kindle Edition

Elder, Linda. The Miniature Guide to The Art of Asking Essential Questions (Kindle Locations 779-781). Foundation for Critical Thinking. Kindle Edition.

The Right Question Institute (RQI)

Browne, Neil & Keeley, Stuart. Asking the Right Questions. Prentice Hall.

Damer, T. Edward. Attacking Faulty Reasoning: A Practical Guide to Fallacy Free Arguments. Wadsworth Press.

Sesno, Frank. Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change. AMACOM. Kindle Edition.

Schein, Edgar H. Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling. Berrett-Koehler Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Patterson, Thomas E. Informing the News. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

How the Brain Works

Seung, Sebastian. Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.

Shlain, Tiffany. Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks (Kindle Single). TED Conferences. Kindle Edition. (Also TED talk on YouTube.)

Sapolsky, Robert M. Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst (p. 1). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Dowling, John E. Understanding the Brain: From Cells to Behavior to Cognition (p. 29). W. W. Norton & Company. Kindle Edition.