Media Literacy Week

Events & Activities

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Check out some of the amazing events that took place across Canada for Media Literacy Week 2022!

Planning an event for MLW 2023? Let us know at mlw@mediasmarts.ca

October 21st, 2022

Treasure Mountain Canada 2022

October 21-22
Hosted by Canadian School Libraries
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Treasure Mountain Canada is a participatory symposium designed to bring researchers and practitioners together to discuss and debate current Canadian research and scholarly writing which has an impact on the role of school libraries vis-à-vis educational strategy and transformation. The seventh biennial symposium (TMC7), focuses on the theme, Post Pandemic Library Learning Commons - From Crisis to Invention. Matthew Johnson, the MediaSmarts Director of Education, is a spotlight speaker at the symposium, presenting MediaSmarts recently-released report, From Access to Engagement: Building a Digital Media Strategy for Canada. Symposium participants will then engage in an activity to generate ideas for infusing digital media literacy into learning. 

TMC7 is presented by CSL in partnership with the British Columbia Teacher Librarians’ Association (BCTLA), a specialist association of the BC Teachers’ Federation. BCTLA promotes the essential evolving role of the teacher-librarian within the education community. https://bctla.ca/

October 24th, 2022

Discover Online Safety Workshop

Monday October 24th — 2:00 - 3:30 pm ET
Hosted by Get Cyber Safe and MediaSmarts
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In line with Cyber Security Awareness Month and Media Literacy Week 2022, we invite older adults to Discover Online Safety.

This workshop will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to create strong passwords, download apps safely, and will help you avoid online scams.

This free, bilingual and virtual event (held via Zoom) is open to Canadians of all ages and of all technical knowledge levels, but is particularly geared to adults over the age of 50.

Connect Project Weekly Internet Peer Café

Monday October 24th — 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Hosted by Atwater Library and Computer Centre
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By Zoom ONLY: For the Connect Project, Join Dani Carter for discussion about using computers, tablets and smartphones. Stay for 20 minutes or the full two hours for sharing, learning and socialising. 

October 25th, 2022

Digital Citizenship with YouthLink (Gr 6-9)

Tuesday October 25th — 9:30 - 10:30 am MDT
Hosted by Calgary Public Library
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The internet has become an amazing tool for connecting with others through social media and video games! But, if we are not careful, we might find ourselves in trouble! Learn about how to keep yourself safe while you’re having fun online! Recommended for Grades 6 - 9.

Curator Conversations: Satire in Pictures

Tuesday October 25th — 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET
Hosted by the Royal Ontario Museum
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Examine the use of satire as a powerful and complex communications tool with Wes Tyrell, president of the Association of Canadian Cartoonists and ROM’s Akiko Takesue. Using the Museum’s collection of 19th century Japanese namazu-e, or catfish prints – quickly produced in the aftermath of the 1855 Edo earthquake that did significant damage to what is now Tokyo – Tyrell and Takesue compare and contrast these satirical Earthquake Prints with contemporary Canadian political cartoons, guiding the audience through the historic and cultural references that allows satire to resonate with its target audiences. 

Global Student Chat Oct. 2022: Digital Citizen Day

Tuesday October 25th — 1:00 - 1:30 pm ET
Hosted by the GlobalEdSsChat
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Join our #GlobalStudentChat team & students around the world as we discuss Digital Citizen Day! Our Global Student Chat live broadcast is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th at 1PM EDT. Watch live and participate in the conversation happening online using #GlobalStudentChat, or join us for the Slow Chat happening all month long. Learn more and get involved: globaledsschat.com 

Break the Fake - Spotting Fake News

Tuesday October 25th — 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Airdrie Public Library 111 - 304 Main Street SE (program room)
Hosted by Airdrie Public Library
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Take part in Media Literacy Week with the Break the Fake: How to tell what’s true online workshop. It will teach audiences four quick, easy steps they can take to spot misinformation and find out if something online is true or not.

Media Literacy Week: Discover Online Basics

Tuesday October 25th — 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Hosted by St. Thomas Public Library
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This virutal workshop introduces the most fundamental digital skills: visiting websites and using search engines. It also introduces participants to voice-operated search and voice assistants, two features which have been identified as being valuable accessibility tools for beginning or reluctant internet users.  Hosted on Zoom.

Connected Teaching and Leading in the Social Media Dystopia

Tuesday October 25th — 4:00 - 4:45 pm ET
Hosted by Anthony Perotta
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With the goal to fully understand and see students and school-staff fully, engaging with and empowering personal story is the foundation to reimagine leadership, teaching and learning. As it pertains to the digital world’s intersection with education, individuals and their stories can greatly benefit from the connection technology provides or by the harm the digital world makes possible. 

This Media Literacy Week virtual conversation will provide participants with a school-wide & classroom ready approach that leverages “connected learning” practice all while creating a safe place to reflect on the growing dystopian social media landscape that is harming students of all ages. 

Break the Fake Workshop

Tuesday October 25th — 5:30 pm MDT
Camrose Public Library, 4710 50 Avenue, Camrose AB (in-person event)
Hosted by Camrose Public Library

Spot online misinformation and determine truth with 4 easy steps in this workshop! Suggested for kids 11 & up.

October 26th, 2022

Learn and Explore the Digital Library (Gr 4-6) 

Wednesday October 26th — 9:30 - 10:15 am MDT
Hosted by Calgary Public Library
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Take walkthrough of Calgary Public Library’s digital resources that makes studying, learning a new language, and conducting research easy and fun. There’s lots to discover! Recommended for Grades 4 - 6.

Digital Discussions Lecture on ID Theft, Internet and Password Safety

Wednesday October 26th — 10:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
Hosted by Atwater Library and Computer Centre
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By Zoom ONLY:  For the Connect Project, John Mecher, Senior Support Unit volunteer of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre provides information on how to identify phishing scams, the information necessary to steal your identity, ways to avoid becoming a victim, and also shares strategies for creating strong passwords. Followed by Q&A and discussion. 

Digital Citizen Day: Thinking About Hate (Secondary/high school students)

Wednesday October 26th — 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET
Hosted by Taking IT Global and MediaSmarts
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 Let’s break the online HATE! Join us as we work to develop critical thinking skills to recognize types of bad faith arguments, including those that are used by hate mongers to spread misinformation and fuel intolerance. Students will understand the importance of questioning any sort of information that is intended to pursued us and work to strengthen their own debating skills.

Disinformation Disorder and Potential Solutions for Canada with Dr. Heidi Tworek

Wednesday October 26th — 12:00 - 1:30 pm ET
Hosted by Rogers Chair of Studies in Journalism and New Information Technology, MediaSmarts and The Internet, Technology, and Digital Sociology Cluster of the Canadian Sociological Association
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Poor-quality information and conspiracy theories seem to be floating around everywhere. But how can we understand the effects of these issues and are there any ways to address them? This talk will explore the history of disinformation to examine what is new about our present problems. It will then examine how poor-quality information and online abuse are affecting health and politics in Canada before finally suggesting some solutions to these complex questions.

Being Online: Establishing Communities of Care for Digital Sociologists

Wednesday October 26th — 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET
Hosted by MediaSmarts, The Internet, Technology, and Digital Sociology Cluster of the Canadian Sociological Association and the Rogers Chair of Studies in Journalism and New Information Technology
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Communicating research in online spaces is becoming more and more challenging, with researchers facing skepticism and outright abuse on social media. On the first-ever Digital Citizen Day, a panel of graduate students and early career researchers who conduct and mobilize research in various online spaces will discuss the impact on their safety and well-being and ways to move forward.

Hands-On Workshop on Password Safety

Wednesday October 26th — 1:00 - 4:00 pm EDT
Hosted by Atwater Library and Computer Centre
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By Zoom ONLY: For the Connect Project, Dani Carter will review best practices for creating strong passwords, discuss online account settings, explore ways to manage passwords. Participants will have the time to work on and organise their account details, reset account passwords and review account settings with support and discussion. 

With Q&A and discussion. 

Media Literacy Week: Explore Digital Parenting

Wednesday October 26th — 3 - 4:00 pm
Hosted by St. Thomas Public Library
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This virtual program looks at managing kids’ screen time, helping to keep your kids safe online, and setting household internet rules.  Hosted on Zoom.

Virtual Author Visit: Lee McIntyre - How to Talk to a Science Denier

Wednesday October 26th — 6:30 pm PDT
Hosted by Fraser Valley Regional Library
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A special Media Literacy Week Q&A with author and professor Lee McIntyre. Author of How to Talk to a Science Denier.

The Walrus Talks at Home: Digital Citizenship

Wednesday October 26th — 7:00 - 8:00 pm EDT
Hosted by MediaSmarts, Meta and The Walrus 
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The Walrus Talks at Home: Digital Citizenship brings together leaders in the online sphere to share their learnings on power dynamics in our digital systems, the responsibilities of users and tech leaders, the rift between users’ virtual and real lives, the way we nurture positive online community, and the resources available to improve our media literacy.

Join us for this timely conversation about how informed intentional action can foster positive digital exchange.

Don’t Bite that ‘Phishing’ Hook

Wednesday October 26th — 7:00 - 8:00 pm CST
Hosted by Canada Learning Code
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How do you know if the content your family finds online is ‘true’? Work together to play a game and decide which emails and text messages are real and which ones are tricks! This workshop is for kids ages 9-12 + Guardian.

Explore Digital Parenting

Wednesday October 26th — 7:30 pm
Hosted by Ottawa Public Library
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This workshop addresses topics like managing kids’ screen time, helping to keep your kids safe online and setting household internet rules. 

 

October 27th, 2022

Understanding Media from the Inside with CBC (Gr 6-9)

Thursday October 27th — 9:30 - 10:30 am MDT
Hosted by Calgary Public Library
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This presentation explains how news reporting works, plus it equips students to recognize community news, appreciate perspectives and craft questions. Join us, then pitch your ideas for help covering your own community. Recommended for Grades 6 - 9.  

Hands-On Workshop on Recognizing Suspicious Emails

Thursday October 27th — 10:00 - 11:30 am EST
Hosted by Atwater Library and Computer Centre
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By Zoom ONLY: For the Connect Project, Dani Carter discusses common indicators of suspicious emails, shares tips on what to look for, and what to do with them. With Q&A and discussion. 

Media Literacy Week: Navigate Online Privacy and Security

Thursday October 27th — 11 - 12:00 pm
Hosted by St. Thomas Public Library
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With this virtual program, we will take a look at how to secure your accounts and devices, how to keep your devices safe from malware, and how to prevent and deal with cyberstalking.  This program is hosted on Zoom.

Knowledge Café: Effective Counterspeech

Thursday October 27th — 1:00 - 3:00 pm EST
Hosted by We Are Here Canada
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As part of Media Literacy Week organized by Media Smarts We Are Here Canada is excited to host Cathy Buerger, Director of Research with the Dangerous Speech Project! Join us to understand the importance of counterspeech even in progressive, democratic societies and learn techniques to counter disinformation, hate and dangerous speech in digital communities. During dynamic, small group discussions, participants can examine different communication strategies, how to shake up the complacent and inspire others to action while exploring the questions: “Why is counterspeech an important part of responsible digital citizenship? What steps can I take to create supportive, compassionate digital spaces?”

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

Tuesday October 27th — 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 Thursday, October 27 at 1:00 pm, attend the Break the Fake follow-up seminar for questions and answers, discussion, and further fact-checking examples and tips.

“The Parent Network: Social Media and Your Kids” Workshop for Parents

Thursday October 27th — 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Ottawa Public Library, Ruth E. Dickinson Branch (in-person event) 
Hosted by Ottawa Public Library
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“The purpose of The Parent Network workshop is to help parents better understand how their kids are using social networking and to provide them with tips and tools to ensure their experiences are positive.” – MediaSmarts

There will be a children’s program happening at the same time. More details to come.

October 28th, 2022

Hands-On Workshop on Understanding Digital Footprints & Well-Being

Friday October 28th — 10:00 - 11:30 am
Hosted by Atwater Library and Computer Centre
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By Zoom ONLY: For the Connect Project, Dani Carter explains what is a digital footprint, shows how to manage common privacy settings, and outlines some strategies to improve our digital well-being. With Q&A and discussion. 

Navigate Online Information

Friday October 28th — 1:30 pm
Hosted by Ottawa Public Library
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This workshop covers internet search skills, including how to choose different online sources of information for different needs, and how to verify information you see online. 

Media Literacy Week: Break the Fake

Thursday October 27th — 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Hosted by St. Thomas Public Library
Click here to register

In this virtual workshop, you will learn four quick, easy steps you can take to spot misinformation and find out if something online is true or not.  This program is hosted on Zoom.

October 29th, 2022

Internet Security Talk with the Tech Tutor

Saturday October 29th — 12:30 - 1:30 pm PST
Bowen Island Library - Annex, 430 Bowen Trunk Rd., Bowen Island, BC (in-person event)
Hosted by Bowen Island Library
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Drop in to the Annex for a Tech Tutor Talk! Bowen Library Tech Tutor, Leo Pedersen, will discuss how to safely navigate internet services, for new and intermediate computer users. Talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

“The Parent Network: Social Media and Your Kids” Workshop for Parents

Saturday October 29th — 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Ottawa Public Library, Ruth E. Dickinson Branch (in-person event) 
Hosted by Ottawa Public Library
Click here to register

“The purpose of The Parent Network workshop is to help parents better understand how their kids are using social networking and to provide them with tips and tools to ensure their experiences are positive.” – MediaSmarts

There will be a children’s program happening at the same time. More details to come.

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Tech Tutor Classes

Every Wednesday in November - 1 pm MDT
Camrose Public Library, 4710 50 Avenue, Camrose, AB (in-person)
Hosted by Camrose Public Library

Each Wednesday we will be focusing on a different part of learning tech. November 2 – Intro to Smartphones; November 9 – Online basics 1; November 16 – Online Basics 2; November 23 – Online Safety; & November 30 – Online Privacy.