News Media & Literacy


  • Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property (from the MITECS Digital Citizen Competency 2b).

News Media & LiteracyFake news, piracy or copyright infringement are issues that all citizens deal with. This is especially magnified by the open freedom of using social media and content consumption. Anyone can publish ideas as if they are an authority. Anyone can copy and paste content and present it as their own. Anyone can find sites that give illegal access to content like videos and music, which robs the author/artist of their livelihood. Yet, sometimes these behaviors are not intentional to harm others. Ignorance of the rules still hurts others. In this section, there are resources for exploring how to make students self-aware and experts at separating truth from fiction, and recognizing appropriate use of content based on licensing.

News Media & Literacy Overview and entry points into the toolkit.

Resources for New Learning Questions for Reflection

Tasks for Skill Development


  1. Creative Credit & Copyright (lessons) & News and Media Literacy (lessons)
    These Common Sense Media documents provide a helpful guide to common language.
  2. Creative Commons Licensing
    Here are licensing options besides traditional copyright to know and teach.
  3. 21 Things 4 Students: Thing 9 - Search Strategies
  4. Common Sense Media Lessons & Videos:

    - Improving Research Skills with Effective Keywords
    - Understanding "Fair Use" in a Digital World
    - The 6 Online Research Skills Your Students Need


  1. Why are good search skills valuable for students and educators?

    Why is respect for digital content ownership a challenge vs. print publications?
  2. Popular licenses are:
    Attribution CC BY

    Attribution CC BY

    Attribution BY-NC

    Attribution NonCommercial CC BY-N

    Attribution CC BY-SA

    Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA
  3. What are the benefits of each option?

    Search skills are important for research and verifying information. How might this resource be used by students to develop and practice search skills? How could these skills be incorporated into regular lessons?

  4. Based on these provided references, what are two important considerations or strategies to develop in students research’ practices?



  1.  Based on the shared resources, find a lesson to adapt for use with students.

    Share your findings from these resources at a staff meeting.
  2. Explore Creative Commons Licensing. Consider how teachers and students could use content based on an understanding of the options. Explore GoOpenMichigan for content with creative common’s licensing to use in schools.
  3. Review the strategies and embed into lesson with research required.
    Create a search guide for students to use. Add a creative commons license and share on GoOpenMichigan.

  4. Facilitate students to create a visual guide for effective research skills. Add a creative commons license and share on GoOpenMichigan.



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Sue Schwartz
Executive Director