Classroom resource testing: Know It or Not? Increasing resiliency to health and science misinformation

MediaSmarts is currently seeking Grade 7 to 12 teachers to help test and evaluate a new classroom resource titled Know It or Not? Increasing resiliency to health and science misinformation.  

The resource was created by MediaSmarts and Digital Public Square to help students become more resilient to misinformation and common misconceptions related to public health.  It includes two original lesson plans, one for Grades 7 to 9 and one for Grades 9 to 12, professional development support and home-school connection material. Like all MediaSmarts resources, it has been created to meet curriculum expectations in each province and territory.     

The two new lessons show students how to unpack conspiracy theories online, and how to properly read science news articles with the goal of decreasing vaccine hesitancy among youth. 

Teachers will be asked to review either one of these lessons, test it with their students, and provide feedback on these resources via a survey before we finalize them and make them widely available. We will not collect any personally identifiable information and all feedback provided will be completely anonymous. 

The in-class time commitment will be no more than three hours for completing either of the lessons and we hope to complete the testing and evaluation by the end of September 2022. Teachers will also receive a 50$ Indigo gift card for their participation. 

We appreciate the opportunity to draw on your feedback in developing the final resource. If you are interested, please contact Rebecca Boucher for more information at rboucher@mediasmarts.ca  

Become a MediaSmarts’ Teacher Champion 

We’d also like to invite educators to become MediaSmarts’ Teacher Champions! Even if you’re not able to participate in this project, we are always looking for teachers to help test resources and be the first to give feedback on our new materials. If you’d like to sign up to become a Teacher Champion please fill out the form here