Media Literacy Week

Events & Activities

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Take a look all the great events that took place across Canada during Media Literacy Week 2021!

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October 25th, 2021

Journalism, Fake News and Disinformation

Monday October 25th — 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET
Hosted by Global Centre for Education and CCUNESCO
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One of the most important issues in today’s digital world is the spread of online misinformation. In this online session, marking Canadian Media Literacy Week and the UNESCO Global Media and Information 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. This event is being co-organized by CCUNESCO, MediaSmarts and the Global Centre for Education. Register here.  

Media Literacy Week: Break the Fake

Monday October 25th — 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Hosted by St. Thomas Public Library
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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.

New Program HOME @ HOME 6-Week Media Creation Series

Beginning Monday October 25th — 7:00 pm EST 
Hosted by Hands on Media Education
Learn more and get involved

HOME @ HOME: A 6-week Media Creation Series introduces and develops critical Media & Digital Literacy skills to children 9+ and their parents through fun, engaging and relevant Media Creation activities. Beginning with an introductory parent webinar on Oct. 25, each Monday for 6 weeks you will be emailed a video and all information you need to complete the Media Literacy & Creation activities with your child or students. Register for the series here. We encourage parents and teachers to learn and create alongside your child/students, because Media & Digital Literacy skills need to start at the home, and most parents lack Media & Digital Literacy skills as well. We encourage you to share your media creation projects in our private HOME @ HOME Facebook Group, to celebrate each other and see what other children are creating too. HOME @ HOME 6-Week Media Creation Series

Understanding Algorithms and their Impacts

Monday October 25th — 7:00 - 8:00 pm EDT, Zoom
Hosted by AlphaNumérique
Learn more and register here

Algorithms have an influence on what we see on social networks. This workshop will allow participants to understand how algorithms work and to identify their impacts on the content we see.

DigitalSmarts: Explore Digital Parenting

Monday October 25th — 8:00 - 9:00 pm EST
Hosted by MediaSmarts
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This free Media Literacy Week workshop is designed to address concerns about children’s internet usage. Topics addressed in the workshop include: managing screen time, online safety, and preventing kids from being exposed to inappropriate content.

October 26th, 2021

What parents need to know about teens and online safety

Tuesday October 26th — 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT 
Hosted by Today’s Parent
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This Media Literacy Week, join Today’s Parent Editor-in-Chief Kim Shiffman in conversation with our expert panelists on October 26 at 12pm ET for strategies on how to start talking to your teens about online safety.

In partnership with TikTok Canada and MediaSmarts this event will provide ways to support your teens as they begin their digital journey, helping to manage their online presence, both now and as they grow into adulthood.

Make sure to reserve your spot!

#GlobalEdSsChat October 2021: Citizenship in Today’s Digital World

Tuesday October 26th — 1:00 pm EDT 
Hosted by Global Education Student Chat
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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 citizenship in today’s digital world! This Tweet and Talk is scheduled for Tuesday October 26th at 1PM EDT, featuring MediaSmarts’ Director of Education, Matthew Johnson, as the Expert on Panel. Watch live and participate in the conversation happening on Twitter using #GlobalEdSsChat, or join the Slow Chat happening all month long.

Media Literacy Week: Digital Parenting

Tuesday October 26th — 1:00 - 2:00 pm EDT
Hosted by St. Thomas Public Library
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Learn about the various activities kids love to do online and learn tips and strategies for privacy settings, online shopping, cyberbullying, and more.

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

Tuesday October 26th — 1:00 pm 
Hosted by University of Ottawa Library
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Participating in the University of Ottawa Library Media Literacy Week event is a 1, 2, 3 step process. 1) Complete the online module. 2) Register for the Break the Fake follow-up seminar, facilitated by Digital Literacy Librarian, Mish Boutet on Microsoft Teams. We will email you a meeting invitation after you register. 3) On Tuesday, October 26 at 1:00 pm, attend the Break the Fake follow-up seminar for questions and answers, discussion, and further fact-checking examples and tips.

Media Literacy Week celebration! The fun of teaching through and about Media Literacy

Tuesday October 26th — 7:00 - 8:00 pm 
Hosted by the Association for Media Literacy and OTF
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Teaching media literacy is fun! This session will provide K-12 educators with practical strategies to embed media literacy into their programs. Participants will explore the concept of teaching through and about media literacy as a practical tool to use to support K-12 learners. Participants will leave with engaging and inspiring ideas that support educators to teach your subject and media literacy simultaneously to build on students’ digital literacy skills and reflect their experiences.

The Walrus Talks at Home: CanCon Online

Tuesday October 26th — 7:00 - 8:00 pm 
Hosted by The Walrus
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New media is built on connection and community. Digital platforms have increasingly become spaces for Canadians to produce and engage with content, and this evolution is reshaping how we perceive both Canadian content and creators. This growing online industry is expanding our national conversations and challenging traditional models of work. The Walrus Talks at Home brings together four experts in digital content to discuss the influence, challenges, and potential of the new creator economy.

Join us as we explore the impact of this new frontier and discuss what might come next.

October 27th, 2021

Media Literacy Week: Online Safety

Wednesday October 27th — 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Hosted by St. Thomas Public Library
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Learn how to protect your personal information online. 

Protecting Yourself Online

Wednesday October 27th — 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Hosted by Atwater Library and Computer Centre
Click here to register and get the Zoom link

For the Atwater Library Connect ProjectFran Vargas shares tools and tips for heightening awareness of where you are and what you’re doing online to protect yourself and your information. Moderated Q&A with discussion. Everyone is welcome!  FREE thanks to funding from the Government of Canada.

Digital Portfolios & The Power of Story

Wednesday October 27th — 4:30 - 5:30 pm
Hosted by Anthony Perrotta
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In this Media Literacy Week workshop, educator Anthony Perrotta shares his passion for storytelling, through the creation of multi-modal enriched digital portfolios that highlight and mobilize student voice. With an extensive and diverse media literacy and tech-ed background, Anthony speaks to his understanding of portfolios as an enabler of “connected learning” that can deeply enrich the experience of both students and educators alike. 

This workshop will provide participants with a classroom / school ready approach to creating, curating and connecting with purpose and relevancy. Equally, this workshop speaks to Anthony’s commitment  to nurturing students to be creative, innovative and, self-directed learners who are able to share their story all while being responsive to others as global citizens.

Break the Fake Workshop (11+ years)

Wednesday October 27th — 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Hosted by Woodstock Public Library

Are you media savvy? How do you know what you see online is true? Join our online workshop to put your media smarts to the test. Call or visit the library to register for your Zoom invite. 

Follow Woodstock Public Library on social media! All week, they will be posting tips and tricks about how to be Media Smart.

Canadian International EdTech Summit 2021: Leading from a crisis to future-proofing learning

Wednesday October 27-28
Hosted by MindShare Learning
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The EdTech Leadership Summit is your opportunity to hear some of today’s most influential thought leaders speak on education and it’s future. Our speakers come from every walk of the education landscape and provide multiple views, ideas and insight into education in the 21st Century. Don’t miss out on the chance to expand your knowledge with our Keynote presenters!

360 by Deloitte: Future-focused

Wednesday October 27-28
Hosted by Deloitte
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360 by Deloitte is Deloitte Canada’s flagship conference. We address Canada’s most pressing topics, and a diverse range of thought-provoking insights. Attendees can expect conversations, panel discussions, and keynote addresses hosted by some of the world’s most progressive, innovative leaders, all framed through Deloitte’s deep industry acumen. 360 by Deloitte offers you a lens to focus in on your organization’s future, as well as a panoramic view on the issues and opportunities that could propel Canada into a new age of prosperity.

October 28th, 2021

A Conversation About Researching Digital Media Literacy in Canada

Thursday October 28th — 12:30 pm EST
Hosted by MediaSmarts
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This event will bring together academics to intentionally discuss researching digital media literacy in Canada. Through a discussion of their recent/current projects, panelists will highlight different approaches to studying key digital media literacy issues including: digital equity and inclusion; the use of multi-media in the classroom; social media and big data analysis; and artificial intelligence and online privacy. Panelists will also reflect on how they teach research methods and how they mentor early career researchers interested in studying digital media literacy and the social impacts of technology.

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

Thursday October 28th — 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Hosted by St. Thomas Public Library
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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. 

J-Talks Live: Big Voices

Thursday October 28th — 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET
Hosted by The Canadian Journalism Foundation
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At a time when a range of voices and perspectives are available across multiple platforms, and a choice word or angle can be a landmine—setting off a barrage of online hate—what does it take to be a columnist and how has the role evolved in a fraught social media environment where attacks inordinately target women and racialized journalists? Featured speakers are columnists Daphne BramhamVancouver SunShree ParadkarToronto Star and Elizabeth RenzettiThe Globe and Mail, in conversation with Anna Maria Tremonti, host of the CBC podcast More

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

Thursday October 28th — 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Hosted by Aurora Public Library
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Fake news is a real problem, especially if you don’t know how to tell good information from bad. This online workshop will teach you how to spot misinformation and find out if something online is true or not.

Break the Fake Workshop

Thursday October 28th — 6:00 - 7:00 pm ET
Hosted by EPIC Generation
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As a Media Literacy Week Collaborator, we’re offering this free workshop designed for audiences aged 11 and up to help detect fake news. We’ll go through the 4 steps:
- Use fact-checking tools
- Find the source
- Verify the source
- Check other sources

Navigating the News: for Parents and Adolescents

Thursday October 28th — 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Hosted by Kingston Frontenac Public Library
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If you’re a parent of an adolescent you’re likely concerned with the amount of the amount of material/misinformation your child encounters daily, particularly online.  How can you help them learn to separate facts from fake news?  Do they know how to find reliable information on topics that matter to them?  How can you support them while they make sense of what they learn?

Our presenters – Claire Ahn from Queen’s University and Natalia Balyasnikova from York University, each an assistant professor in their respective faculties of education – will help you tackle these questions.

MediaSmarts presents The Walrus Talks at Home: Our Digital Lives

Thursday October 28th — 7:00 pm ET
Hosted by MediaSmarts
Watch the event here

At The Walrus Talks at Home: Our Digital Lives, four speakers address what they’ve learned about the changing media landscape, the impact of increased screen time on our well-being and what they think the digital future might hold. Join us for this Media Literacy Week (#MediaLitWk) event to discover what this cultural shift in media habits means for our digital well-being.Featuring five-minute talks and Q&A with: Saara Chaudry, Contributor, CBC Kids News, Dr. Chris Dornan, former Associate Professor Carleton University School of Journalism & Communication, Matthew Johnson, Director of Education for MediaSmarts and Amil Niazi, Culture Critic and Writer.

The Kitchen Table Classroom: Parenting in the Digital Age

Thursday October 28th — 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Hosted by Edmonton Public Library and Calgary Public Library
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With so much time spent online, it can be hard to know how to support our kids to navigate their digital world. For Media Literacy Week, join Shannon Clarke of Edmonton Public Library to focus on the “do’s” of digital citizenship and practical tips to help your family stay safe online and leave a positive digital footprint.

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

Thursday October 28th — 8:30 pm EDT
Hosted by North Saskatchewan Independent Living Centre
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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.

October 29th, 2021

Verifying Online Info

Friday October 29th — 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Hosted by Atwater Library and Computer Centre
Click here to register and get the Zoom link

For the Atwater Library Connect ProjectFran Vargas discusses strategies and demonstrates activities to fact-check information you find online. Moderated Q&A with discussion. Everyone is welcome! FREE thanks to funding from the Government of Canada.

Media Literacy Week: Online Safety

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

Learn how to protect your personal information online. 

October 30th

Kathy Schrock - The Common Thread: Weaving Information Literacy Skills to Engage Learners

Friday October 30th — 11:00 am EST
Hosted by Let’s Talk Science
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By engaging students in problem and project-based learning, impacting their emotions, causing them to question and think about controversial topics, and presenting content in the form of visuals and stories, research shows that students more often retain content and turn it into personal knowledge. By infusing the information literacy skillset as the common thread across the content areas, students have the foundation they need to succeed. Learn how the team of classroom teachers, teacher librarians, and technology teachers can work together to create and teach lessons that intertwine these literacies.

Join award-winning educator Kathy Schrock to discover ways to infuse information literacy across the K-12 curriculum. Keynote presentation will include examples, practical tips, and ready-to-go resources and will conclude with an interactive Q&A session with Dr. Alec Couros

More activities and resources

Making Media Across the Curriculum - Course for K-12 Educators

Monday October 25 - November 19
Hosted by MediaSmarts
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MediaSmarts is pleased to share our online course for teachers on media making in K-12 classrooms! Educators can take this interactive, engaging and informative course from their home, on their own schedule. The course will provide teachers with training and resources on how to use digital media production of various kinds (games, film and animation, etc.) in their classroom practice. Upon completion of the course, teachers will be certified by MediaSmarts as Classroom Media Maker Experts.Sexting: What is it and how to respond?

October 25-30
Hosted by The Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health (ASPSH)
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Your colleague is devastated! They found a sext to their 14-year-old on the family tablet. In this short workshop, learn how to support that colleague and respond to teen sexting. This workshop is for parents, teachers, healthcare providers and anyone who works with or cares for youth.

Identifying and Discovering Resources Escape Room

Hosted by ncLibraries + Learning Commons
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Clang!  Uh oh!  You’ve just been locked inside the library bookstacks for the night!  You need to email the library to let them know you’re locked inside.  Complete the following questions and puzzles and to get the email address for the library so you can send a rescue message!