Media Literacy Week

Events & Activities

Take a look at some of the exciting MLW events taking place across Canada! We continue to update this section as more and more MLW collaborators come on board to showcase what they’re doing to promote digital and media literacy in their organization!

Planning an event for MLW 2020? Please contact mlw@mediasmarts.ca

October 26th

LAUNCH EVENT What’s Behind the Frame?: Explore Media and Digital Literacy with the House Hippo

Monday October 26th — 1:00 pm ET
Hosted by MediaSmarts
Click here to register

MediaSmarts will be kicking off Media Literacy Week with an incredible online event for kids ages 5-12. We invite students, parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone interested in media literacy and digital literacy to join our Director of Education, Matthew Johnson as he shines a spotlight on Canada’s beloved house hippo! We’ll also explore how the lessons of this adorable hippo are more relevant today than ever!

Information Literacy Escape Room: Identifying and Discovering Resources

Monday October 26th - November 6th
Hosted by ncLibraries + Learning Commons
Click here to join the challenge

Based on ncLibraries’ newly released “Information Skills Handbook: A Guide to Getting Started with Research for Niagara College Students,” the Information Literacy Escape Room Series (Fall 2020) is a semester long event that challenges Niagara College Students to escape from 4 virtual escape rooms, each based on a chapter/theme from the book

Break the Fake: How to Tell What’s True Online? Workshop

Monday October 26th — 10:00 - 11:00 am
Hosted by The Blue Mountains Public Library
Click here to register

The Break the Fake: How to Tell What’s True Online workshop will teach audiences four quick, easy steps they can take to spot misinformation and find out if something online is true or not. Designed for audiences aged 11 and up. Register online to receive a link to the workshop.

Not able to attend the workshop? Visit our Facebook page where we’ll share a Self-Directed tutorial version after the workshop!

Break the Fake: How to Tell What’s True Online

Monday October 26th — 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Hosted by St. Thomas Public Library
Click here to register

In this online workshop, you will learn four quick, easy steps you can take to spot misinformation and find out if something online is true or not. Virtual program hosted on Zoom. Please call 519-631-6050 and press “3” if you need help getting set up!

October 27th

Break the Fake

Tuesday October 27th — 10:00 - 11:00 am
Hosted by The Blue Mountains Public Library
Participate on Facebook

Each day during Media Literacy Week, we’ll share with you some tips to help you stay safe online, and a fun video where you can build your Fake News identifying skills. Engage with us and others to help spread the word online of the importance of media literacy by using #MediaLitWk and #BreaktheFake.

Break the Fake e-Learning Module and Follow-up Seminar

Tuesday October 27th — 11:00 am 
Hosted by University of Ottawa Library
Click here to register

This year, the University of Ottawa Library is hosting online seminars to discuss the valuable lessons shared in MediaSmarts’s fact-checking Break the Fake interactive e-learning module.

Reducing media literacy barriers with accessible education materials and Universal Design for Learning

Tuesday October 27th — 11:30 - 12:30 pm (PDT
Hosted by BCIT Library
Click here to learn more

Corrie Playford is an Accessibility Librarian at CAPER-BC, a specialized library providing alternate format educational materials for students with print disabilities who attend post-secondary educational institutions throughout the province of BC.

Journalism, Fake News, and Disinformation

Tuesday October 27th — 12:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern) 
Hosted by Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Click here to register

Break the Fake with MediaSmarts and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. One of the most important issues in today’s digital world is the spread of online misinformation. In this session, marking Media Literacy Week, we want to take the opportunity to shine a spotlight on both the awareness needed to recognize online misinformation and our collective responsibility to stop it in its tracks.

#GlobalEdSsChat October 2020: Becoming a Digital Leader

Tuesday October 27th — 1:00 pm EDT 
Hosted by Global Education Student Chat
Learn more and get involved

Each month K-12 students around the world meet to discuss topics related to social justice, character, and citizenship. Join the #GlobalEdSsChat Team & #k12 Ss around the world as we discuss Becoming a Digital Leader! This Tweet and Talk is scheduled for Tuesday October 27th at 1PM EDT. Watch live and participate in the conversation happening on Twitter using #GlobalEdSsChat, or join the Slow Chat happening all month long.

Parenting the Digital Generation

Tuesday October 27th — 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Hosted by St. Thomas Public Library
Click here to register

This online workshop, looks at the various activities kids love to do online and offers tips and strategies for everything from Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok privacy settings, online shopping, cyberbullying, to protecting your computer from viruses. Virtual event hosted on Zoom. If you need help getting set up on Zoom, please call 519-631-6050 and press “3”!

Zoom Break the Fake Workshop (11+)

Tuesday October 27th — 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Hosted by Woodstock Public Library
Click here to register in advance

Get media savvy as we explore ways to find out what is true online. Keep any eye out for interactive social media posts throughout the week giving you tips and tricks about how to be Media Smart! 

Break the Fake: How to Tell What’s True Online (for kids 11 & up)

Tuesday October 27th — 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Hosted by EPIC Generation
Click here to register

It’s Canada’s Media Literacy Week (MLW) on Oct. 26-30! Learn 4 quick and easy steps to spot misinformation and find out if something online is true or not. Facilitated by Ms. Christine Santos, Kids’ TV Producer/Media Educator/Journalist.

You Can’t Get a Degree from “Google University”: Critically Evaluating Internet Sources

Tuesday October 27th — 6:00 - 8:00 pm MT (8:00 - 10:00 pm EDT)
Hosted by Athabasca University Library & Scholarly Resources
Click here to register

The Internet can be an excellent tool for carrying out research, and for finding reliable information and up-to-the minute news and data. But the information you find online has not always been written by an expert, nor has it always been vetted through a traditional publishing or editing process. This means that information found online can be very difficult to verify and to trust, and so must be looked at with a critical eye.

This workshop from AU Library and the Alice B. Donahue Library & Archives will teach you how to evaluate internet resources through a combination of instruction and interactive web-based activities.

October 28th

Break the Fake

Wednesday October 28th — 10:00 - 11:00 am
Hosted by The Blue Mountains Public Library
Participate on Facebook

Each day during Media Literacy Week, we’ll share with you some tips to help you stay safe online, and a fun video where you can build your Fake News identifying skills. Engage with us and others to help spread the word online of the importance of media literacy by using #MediaLitWk and #BreaktheFake.

A Deaf Lens perspective: What is now expected of “Accessibility” for your product or service? g

Tuesday October 28th — 12:00 - 1:00 pm (PDT
Hosted by BCIT Library
Click here to learn more

amie Finley has been a research assistant with Natural Health and Food Products Research Group (NRG) since December 2007 and is involved in applied research of quality control of products, process improvement and method validation. He has advocated for ASL interpretation in BC’s sport sector and has given presentations on accessibility, most recently with Diversity Circles at BCIT, titled: “the Power of Allyship: Through the Lens of Audism.”  This combined experience as an amateur athlete, student and academic researcher has given Jamie a lived experience of what works in accessibility topics. 

With the federal “Accessible Canada Act” now law and consultations complete for British Columbia’s “Accessibility through Legislation”, what is expected of accessibility now for your product or service?  Using a software example in the field of Computing/IT, Jamie will briefly show how to examine your product/service from a Deaf lens with emphasis on accessibility as a structural concept. 

Success stories in the fields of Broadcast/Media and Health will be looked at.  An update on provincial accessibility will be shared.

Wired Wednesdays Live: Media Literacy Week Keeping your Children Safe Online (Video)

Wednesday October 28th — 12:45 - 3:00 pm
Hosted by The Blue Mountains Public Library
Participate on Facebook

Media Literacy Week is upon us and all this week we will be posting tips and tricks to help to debunk misinformation and disinformation. In this video, Ashley will be talking about how you can keep your children safe online. 

Not on Facebook? Watch Wired Wednesdays on YouTube.

Don’t forget, Ashley will be online for Facebook Live at 1pm to answer your tech help questions. 

Break the Fake: How to Tell What’s True Online

Wednesday October 28th — 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Hosted by St. Thomas Public Library
Click here to register

In this online workshop, you will learn four quick, easy steps you can take to spot misinformation and find out if something online is true or not. Virtual program hosted on Zoom. Please call 519-631-6050 and press “3” if you need help getting set up!

TeamHack: App Edition

Wednesday October 28th — 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Hosted by East Gwillimbury Public Library
Click here to register

We will spark tweens’ curiosity and kickstart their creative processes to create an app that will solve a problem of the team’s choosing. Tweens will hone their design thinking and tech skills while engaging in a team-based, civic-minded hack project. Event for ages 10-13.

Facebook Hangout with BCIT Student Life

Tuesday October 28th — 5:30 pm (PDT
Hosted by BCIT Library
Click here to watch

Play along on Wednesday Oct 28 at 5:30 as we quiz the Student Life Ambassadors as they guess which headlines are real and which are fake

October 29th

Break the Fake

Thursday October 29th — 10:00 - 11:00 am
Hosted by The Blue Mountains Public Library
Participate on Facebook

Each day during Media Literacy Week, we’ll share with you some tips to help you stay safe online, and a fun video where you can build your Fake News identifying skills. Engage with us and others to help spread the word online of the importance of media literacy by using #MediaLitWk and #BreaktheFake.

Parenting the Digital Generation

Thursday October 29th — 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Hosted by St. Thomas Public Library
Click here to register

This online workshop, looks at the various activities kids love to do online and offers tips and strategies for everything from Facebook, Instagram, and Tik Tok privacy settings, online shopping, cyberbullying, to protecting your computer from viruses. Virtual event hosted on Zoom. If you need help getting set up on Zoom, please call 519-631-6050 and press “3”!

Leaders & Authors: Social Media Influencers - Blogging

Thursday October 29th — 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Hosted by Barrie Public Library
Click here to learn more and register

Learn tips on how to find a niche, how much time goes into creating content, marketing and what you need to get started. Carleigh will share here favourite blogs with us to explore and get inspired too.

Digital Literacy for Youth: Misinformation Online

Thursday October 29th — 4:00 pm
Hosted by Toronto Public Library
Click here to register

You may scroll through your social media feed daily and not think twice about the shared information that you are consuming. What if the headlines stretch the truth and are there not to inform you but to be buzzworthy. It is very important in this day and age to be able to spot misinformation. This interactive workshop will go through examples with the participants to discuss how to spot fake news and how technology is making it harder for us to tell the difference between the truth and fiction.

Register for more great events from Toronto Public Library’s Digital Literacy for Youth series:

Fact or Fake - online fact checking (virtual)

Thursday October 29th — 6:45 - 8:00 pm PST
Hosted by North Vancouver City Library
Click here to register

In the age of mass information, information overload, and viral fake news, how can you know what you are looking at is real, true, and accurate? Join this class to learn about the “web of information”, and how you can untangle that web to become a confident fact checker, and trusted digital citizen. In this class, we will discuss the gut check and how fake news targets our emotions; lateral reading, and how fact checking works in the digital “online-web” environment. This class will have a COVID-19 theme, and will include how to find trusted information during a pandemic. 

You must register for this class to be sent a link to join the virtual class.

October 30th

Break the Fake

Friday October 30th — 10:00 - 11:00 am
Hosted by The Blue Mountains Public Library
Participate on Facebook

Each day during Media Literacy Week, we’ll share with you some tips to help you stay safe online, and a fun video where you can build your Fake News identifying skills. Engage with us and others to help spread the word online of the importance of media literacy by using #MediaLitWk and #BreaktheFake.

Break the Fake: How to Tell What’s True Online

Friday October 30th — 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Hosted by St. Thomas Public Library
Click here to register

In this online workshop, you will learn four quick, easy steps you can take to spot misinformation and find out if something online is true or not. Virtual program hosted on Zoom. Please call 519-631-6050 and press “3” if you need help getting set up!