checkology™ Virtual Classroom

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Interested teachers can apply here.

NLP’s checkology™ virtual classroom is a place where students discover how to navigate today's challenging information landscape by using the core skills and concepts of news literacy.

The virtual classroom brings this vital skill set to life through a series of engaging digital experiences that use real-world examples of news and information and guided instruction from journalists and other experts.

This is a dream come true for teachers.

 Judith Dahill, librarian, High School for Fashion Industries, New York City

The Best of Blended Learning

The checkology™ virtual classroom — created for grades 8-12 — is designed to be flexible and can be used by educators anywhere. Its 10 core lessons can be completed in about 15 hours by students who have access to a high-speed internet connection.

Teachers can tailor the experience to fit their students’ abilities, resources and schedules, drawing from several models of implementation.

With a basic subscription, teachers receive a unique login that allows them to share the virtual classroom with their students in a one-to-many format (for example, using an LCD projector).

Premium subscribers have access to many more features, including individual student logins to unlock one-to-one delivery, self-pacing, saved progress, individual assessments and lightweight LMS functions. As students progress through the platform, they earn points and badges in recognition of their engagement and their application of new skills. A discussion wall offers students a place to reflect on key questions, share and comment on the news and information they encounter daily, and post examples of their work.

Other features of the premium offering include:

  • Personalization
  • Rich formative assessment
  • Remediation
  • Student challenges
  • Detailed teacher's guide

checkology™ will enable teachers of all content areas, English to AP Government, to engage students through a virtual classroom and challenge them to think critically about what credible information is and where it comes from … In my 7 years as a classroom teacher, I have not seen any digital curriculum as relevant or engaging as checkology™.

Kyle Morean, technology and media literacy teacher, Thurgood Marshall Academy, Washington, D.C.

Authentic, Engaging and Focused

Throughout the checkology™ platform, leading journalists and other experts guide students through the core concepts of each lesson. They offer real-world learning about the news industry and today’s vast information ecosystem from their locations at major news organizations, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NBC News, Bloomberg, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Newseum.

NLP’s popular Virtual Visits, in which journalists lead live discussions of news literacy concepts with classrooms across the country, provide even more timely real-world learning. These live, interactive news literacy lessons draw on current trends and events and are offered to premium subscribers throughout each semester.

Check It Out

Students synthesize what they have learned in the checkology™ virtual classroom by using NLP’s “Check Tool," a step-by-step, comprehensive process designed to help them evaluate the credibility of a piece of information they select from an online source. The tool can be used and reused as students practice their newly acquired skills.

The News Literacy Project's checkology™ virtual classroom is the most effective classroom resource I'm aware of to make certain that our students are media savvy for the challenges that await them in the 21st Century.

Eric Nadelstern, the former chief schools officer for the New York City Department of Education and a professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College. 

Ready to Get Started? Grants Are Available ...

Educators can join the checkology™ virtual classroom now and start delivering its content in a one-to-many format by registering here. If you have questions, or if you would like more information about upgrading to premium access, send an email to info@thenewsliteracyproject.org.

Premium access is a fee-based service — and for a limited time, NLP is offering mini-grants that will allow select teachers to pilot the premium unit at no charge. Interested teachers can apply now.