Reality Check: We Are All Broadcasters Lesson Plan

Level: Grades 9 to 12
About the Author: Matthew Johnson, Director of Education, MediaSmarts
Duration: 1 to 1 ½ hours, plus time for the assessment/evaluation activity

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This lesson is part of USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools.


We Are All BroadcastersIn this lesson, students consider the ways in which our own biases can prevent us from being objective. They then learn ways to recognize and account for our biases and practice these by playing an interactive online game. Finally, students learn about how public service campaigns can change social norms and create their own PSA to promote ethical sharing of online information.

This lesson is part of the Reality Check lesson series.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Understand the impact of different forms of bias
  • Learn how to mitigate bias when seeking or encountering information online
  • Practice finding and verifying skills
  • Consider ethical questions in an online context
  • Understand how social norms can change
  • Create a persuasive media product

Download the Informational Public Service Announcements slideshow.

This lesson and all associated documents (handouts, overheads, backgrounders) are available in an easy-print, pdf kit version.