As students engage with online news and information, they need to navigate a complex media landscape. Checkology, a free online learning platform by the News Literacy Project, offers interactive lessons to help students in grades 6–12 develop media literacy skills.
Students learn to determine the credibility of a piece of information by identifying its primary purpose, or “InfoZone”: news, opinion, entertainment, advertising, propaganda, or raw information. They can choose from issues such as how to recognize conspiracy theories or why audience trust matters in news coverage.
Each lesson is guided by a media expert or journalist and includes practical learning objectives, real-world examples, and reflection questions. Using the site’s supplemental practice tools, students can reinforce their media literacy learning, and educators can check students’ progress.