This week's COETAIL Course 2 focus was on building media fluency through the lens of developing critical consumers of media (ISTE for Educators link to Citizen Standard Indicator - 3c).
When "playing" in the realm of media, we wear two hats - creators and consumers. Sometimes we're wearing both at once.
As far as COETAIL shared resources go, these, "THINK Before You Post", tips are great for humans of any age when wearing the creator hat (Kidscape).
How do I help my kids become more discerning detectives in this area?
This is by far my favourite tool to share. It's far less of a humourous acronym than C.R.A.A.P., however, the meaning is quite similar: Timeliness, Relevance, Accuracy, Author and Purpose.
To expand briefly on TRAAP, when you're looking for media, particularly to give evidence of research in any inquiry/project/paper, you want your source to be as recent as possible (Timely); it should be relevant to your inquiry; you want the source to be accurate (grammatically and in linking to other research); Is the author a salesperson, some random blogger, or a professional in this field?; and think "Why was this media published? Who is the audience?" (purpose). If you want more info on TRAAP, this is a great site.
Here are some resources that I've created for TRAAP in my context, that you're welcome to make copies of and use and adapt to your context:
I also love:
How about you?