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Last Updated: October 12, 2023

Media Literacy Week: Teach With Gale

Gale has materials to support your Media Literacy lessons! Pre-created activity packets utilizing Gale In Context: Elementary, Middle School, and High School help guide students with a lesson a day for the entire week. Join this session to explore where to find these materials, and how to use them!

Duration: 30 Minutes
Welcome in everyone. Today. We're

going to be talking about media literacy week

and how you could teach with Gale. My name

is Amber Winters. I'm glad to have you on the line

today. We have a brief agenda.

So, first, I wanna talk about media literacy

week 2023. What it is,

the theme that we've, that's they've

chosen to highlight and then we'll start talking about

some of the different tools that we've created to help

you teach to that theme.

And then at the very end of the session, we'll have

time again for any questions that I'm not able to

answer as we move through the session today.

And I've got some wrap up contact information

for you as well if you need to dive a little bit deeper

into what we've talked about today.

So first, let's just talk about media literacy

week as a whole. So media literacy week

is run every October this

year it runs this year is 2023

for anyone watching this recording. This

year it runs from October 23rd

to October 27th and

it's hosted every year by the National association

for media literacy education.

And this year, they've actually chosen five key

topics that they're going to highlight throughout the week. So

they've chosen to highlight one topic for

every day. So that's what girls decided to do as

well. And we've kind of

developed our lesson plans that we've created

for you based on those five topics. So

the first is going to be access. So

how and where and how often people

access technology

and this topic, they're also talking about

things like the digital divide, how it's disproportionately

affects different demographics and

how that can be combated a little bit

Tuesday. So the next day

is focused on analyzing. So once students

find a piece of content, they need to understand

who wrote it, the validity of that

piece of content, what the context is?

Is there a bias related to that content

that they can see? Is there an agenda by the author?

They're going to start to take a look at that piece

of content and really kind of understand where

it's coming from and um what

it's suggesting

then Wednesday, we're taking a look at how they

can evaluate that piece of content.

So that's really moving forward with critical

thinking skills, kind of incorporating those

as students kind of

build an understanding of the background of

this piece of text, they're going to work to draw their

own conclusions based on it. So if

this is an opinion piece do you agree with the opinion?

Do you think that the individual made

a solid argument for what they believe if this isn't

an opinion piece? Do you think that

any of the information is misleading? Do you think that

maybe context is missing from that piece

of text? So this step on Wednesday

is really helping students engage their critical

thinking skills

and move forward from just, you know, reading

a piece of text and just kind of taking it at face

value. It's really helping them dig in a little bit deeper

then Thursday, which is day four, they're

talking more about creation. So now that students

understand um how to access

content that's been created for them. Now

they're going to kind of take a step back and understand

how to create content on their own.

So, of course, this is going to include

the actual process of creating materials.

So how blogs work social media,

how to upload videos and things like that.

But it's also focused on students understanding

what happens to that content, how

the internet's really permanent. So

they need to be aware of the content that they're

creating and the content they're putting out there.

And this also gives them a second to kind of step

back and see if they have any agendas

or biases that are impacting their creations as well.

Because sometimes it's difficult

for students to remember to kind of step back on their own

and evaluate their own opinions to see where

they may need to adjust their thinking

or kind of adjust what they're developing.

And finally day five or Friday,

which is the culmination of all of these other

days, of all of these other great topics.

That's the National Association for

Media Literacy Education has chosen to pull

forward. Day five is going to be a.

So we pull all of this together and now students

understand um how to access

content, how other people are accessing or

maybe not accessing content, they

know how to analyze and evaluate that content,

they know how to create new content. So

now they need to pull all of that together

to kind of challenge the status quo to

empower others to find individuals

who are maybe kind of sinking

in that digital divide a little bit and help bring

them to the technology. They need how

to get that kind of information

out to others as well as how to fight false

information. Because of course, with media literacy,

one of the

the key topics that we're focused on now

really across the US and across the world

is the idea of false information

being kind of propagated through social media

and through other outlets. So

this act is really pulling it together

to help students understand. Once they find

that false information, they should

just keep that to themselves. How can they proactively

let people know this information is misleading.

This information is false. You know, you need to evaluate

this to kind of get a deeper understanding.

So day five, that Friday

they've developed into that act into that

moving forward, that actionable item for


So again, gay has decided to base our

activity packets on those five

topics that they've chosen to pull forward

and I'll click into it live so you can see what they look

like, but just quickly. So you know how to

get to the information. I've put the

the link at the top here. It's a little bit long. So

don't worry about typing it all out.

But it is forward

slash training forward slash themes

forward slash media dash 23.

I know it's long, an easy way to get that

is to just go on our support site, which is

And then

in the toolbar, we have a full training

center developed for you

and then you click click content specific

materials and you're going to be taken to this full

media literacy page.

So you see here, we have everything nice and organized for

you. So you, we don't need you to click all the way through the support

site to kind of find different pieces in different sections.

You go to this one page and I want to point

out here that we have a tip

sheet created for a gal in context for educators.

So anyone on the line who has that resource,

we've actually built you out a whole folder

that you can just kind of steal from us and keep it on

your account to use.

In addition to that, we've built out three activity

packets for students as well.

So we have all of this great material found here

on this media, media literacy week. And

what we've decided to do is we've really

digging into the resource, digging in,

digged in,

we dove into the resource and found

different pieces of content that are going to

directly relate to those topics and we've built

out activities around those. So these

are really leveraging the in

context resources as opposed to kind of,

you know, using in context on the side,

these really utilize those

and require students to understand how

to work through our resources, how to work through our database,

build their search terms, their browsing options and things

like that. So

let's take a quick look here.

So I'll first mention we've built a three activity

packets, one each for our core

in context resources. So Galen

context, elementary Galen, context,

middle school and Galen context,

high school

and the first page of each of these packets, first

couple pages are going to be

basic information for you as educators.

So just telling you the grade level

and things like that and then our suggested lesson


and this is going to vary based on your

needs. we've tried to make these

activities really as flexible as possible.

So, if you want to use them as just

a bell ringer for a certain day, maybe you can do

that. If you want to extend it out to a full

hour, you can do that as well. You

could even probably extend it out to more than one day

if you're so inclined. But, we

set the base as activities that can be CRE

that can be completed in

one day in one class.

And then you can kind of decide where to go from that,

excuse me.

And you can take a look here. So once you get through

kind of the instructions for you, you'll start

to see the activities all pulled together for each

different day. So, for this, I've

pulled forward, you'll see we have here, these are actually

trading cards that students will complete. So let's

take a look at these different topics

that are going to be found in whichever resource

they're using. So, whatever grade level

and they're going to fill out information for those other

activities, you'll find things like graphic

organizers. So for this, they're trying to determine

the difference between a fact and an

opinion and kind of figure

out as they read through different pieces of content.

If it is, in fact a piece

focused on someone's opinion or if it is

a factual

bit of information.

Now in addition to those specifically for

the in context resources,

we've got this great tip sheet for gay only context

for educators. So if you do have that

resource and you want to get engaged with that,

we've got this tip sheet here that's actually got two

QR codes attached. This first

one has our built out ready to go

folder available to you. If you scan it in,

it's going to pop up in your instance

of gal and context for educators, you'll just sign in

and have your own access to that folder.

And we also have a link directly just to the media

literacy week activities here as well.

So just a quick sneak peek here if you do decide

to use the Galen context for educators folder,

this is what it looks like here. So you'll see we've broken

out the activity based on high school,

middle school and elementary using our nested

folders option within our main

folder. And then out underneath,

we have the link to that full theme page

that I just showed you in the previous slide

where you'll see all of the different packets


and all of the different bits of content.

We've also included a link to the me media

literacy week websites

that you can click in to get a little more information

about the week and the um the observances

and celebrations and materials and support

that's available to you there. And we've also

included, you'll see on my tags listed here.

We've included a few different lesson plans

that are found natively within

gal and context for educators. So if

our lesson packets aren't exactly what you're

looking for.

If you take a look at gal and context for educators,

we've got a few others listed here that might be

beneficial for you that you can kind of swap

out as needed.

We definitely want you to feel

free to edit any activities,

lessons we give you, of course, you do not need to sit

with exactly what we've done. We want you

to make it exactly what your students

and what you at your learning community need.

So let's go ahead and jump in.

Oops, we have a quick question here. I

started late.

So we have a question about how you can access the folder

besides the link posted. Um

So if you're talking about the gallon context for

educators folder,

you'll want to go on this tip sheet

and scan this QR code or you can

hit this here button that's hyperlink the

activity. Um If you're talking about

just the media literacy page

as a whole, um I'm actually gonna

jump into that right now so we can take a look

at that.

I see you were interrupted by a student. I

feel that pain.

So let's go ahead and jump in. So,

again, the material is going to be found

on our support site, which is

Pretty simple.

Um From there, you're going to want to hit

the training center option in this

toolbar up top here.

And then the last option here is content

specific materials.

So what we do is we actually build content for a lot

of different themes or celebrations

or observances that are going on throughout the year.

You'll see if I scroll down here. We do organize

them by month and we have some general themes

underneath here as well. So I

definitely suggest taking a look if you've not been on

this page before,

scroll back up here.

And we, we decide to feature different

themes kind of as they come up. So we

have our October themes featured.

Now, we did something about banned

books week, which was October

1st through the seventh and then you'll see,

we have media literacy right here. So

it is featured after October. It's

going to jump down

just to being here on October option.

But again, right now it's featured.

So he hit media literacy week


Now this is that full theme page. So this is

where you're going and find all of this content.

And Yep, Lenore, there will be a recording. You'll

get a copy of it via email tomorrow. So

if those students keep bugging you, you'll

get a copy tomorrow, so you'll be able to find everything you


So this is the main theme page here. So you'll

see we've chosen to show you which resources

we're highlighting. So those core and context

resources all the way from elementary to high school

and then Galen context for educators as well.

We built on con built out content there.

Scrolling down. This tip sheet is going to be

that one. If you want to access the gal and context

for educators folder, you'll see the QR

code and the hyperlink here for that

scrolling down here. You'll see we have our

upcoming media literacy week 2023

webinar which is actually running right now.

Once we're done with this session, this will actually

pop over to the recording. So not

only will you get a copy of the recording via email,

it'll also be posted here on this

themes page. So if you want to take a look back here, it'll

be listed for you.

And then at the very bottom here, this is where those

three activity packets are going to be located

for you. And we have again broken them up elementary,

middle and high school. You can click

our little view button here. We'll go to middle

school since that's right in the middle of our grade

band and

it is loaded up here as a PDF. You'll see you'll be

able to download this PDF or if you want

to print it directly, you can do that here as well.

Scrolling down. There are a little bit long, you see this is

eight pages, but mostly because we have one page

per day. So again, at the

beginning is kind of the teacher info. So the

basic information for you, how we suggest

you move through this

this activity.

And I will mention if you don't have Galen context

middle school, you can certainly use these activities

with something else. Um But they have been

designed specifically utilizing gal and context

middle school content. So they are really

specific towards that

but feel free to use with whatever you

think would work best.

So we go through this here, let me scroll down a little

bit. You'll notice on some of these here, we

suggest using different links. So this one

has right here, a link to

a specific document found within Galen context,

middle school. This one is called fact first opinion.

Some of them are also suggesting

accessing topic pages. We're going to take

a look at topic pages in a second. But

basically topic pages are going to pull all

of the content related to one topic

together to make a really easy kind of a landing

point for students. These are great to

use as you move through these activities because you

won't need to instruct students on

how, how to find the exact content that they're looking

for. A lot of times it's a nice way to get them started

with their research

and then scrolling down. This is where you're going to start seeing

the different activities here. So for the middle school

activity packet, we

start off day one just with some trading

cards here. So you see this is the front and then

the back. They're going to answer a few questions

about these different topics. Scrolling

down day two, we have, tell me about a document.

So this is where they're going to kind

of analyze that document. tell us the name,

pull out that citation

and then give us that basic information.

And then underneath, we've got day three, which

is moving forward from analyzing to evaluating.

So this is where they're going to evaluate,

if this document is giving them facts

or if it's giving them opinions,

we've got to create something next.

And then our, at the

very end here, we've got our last

kind of act section. So for this

is actually a scavenger hunt within Galen context,

middle school. And this one is using

a specific topic page, not completely

required, but a lot easier to work through the scavenger

hunt with it and they'll just go

through and answer these questions.

So that's everything in a nutshell. Everything you're going

to need is in this one file. again,

you can download it to your computer if you prefer

or you can print it directly to kind of save

it that way, whichever way works best

for you, works best for us. So they'll all be found

here. Let me jump back

and you can access any of them. So if you're working

and you want you know, you work,

let's say fifth through seventh grade

students, we'll say, and you know, your younger level

students may need the elementary one. You can

download the elementary and you're a higher

level. They're going to need the middle school packet. You can

download that one as well. You could download all three

if you want to. They're all free and

ready for you to use and they're going to be on the support

site for as long as you need them.

Now, any questions at all about how we've organized

this, about the activities,

anything at all?

Ok. Well, I don't see any. So let me go ahead

and jump back here

to my slides

because I want to talk about topic

pages. So if you are planning on using these activities,

topic pages, I love the idea of

letting these guide you

because what we've done is we've highlighted some of

the key topics

that are most studied, most utilized

most closely aligned to curriculum

related to media, media literacy.

And we do have topic pages in all three of

these resources. So, Galen

conduct elementary, middle school and high school

and you see, I've listed a few down here, but

we have quite a few different options

within Gael and context elementary. You'll find some things

that are a little bit more basic, of course,

aged for that one through five

grade level student, things like computers,

video games, social media and the internet.

And we have a quick question here. Can you share the URL

link to access these resources? Um


anonymous attendee. Yes. Give me

a second here. Um Once we end off

the day, I'll copy and paste the link into the

chat for you. Otherwise you'll

get, we'll get it in the email follow up. But I will

post that there for you.

If you're talking about

the actual gale in context

resources, those who need to get from

your, whoever handles your gale resources

or your customer success manager can help

you out with that and I'll give you their information at the end of

the session as well.

So yeah, moving

forward from Gael and Context Elementary, you'll see

things start to get a little bit more advanced

as you move through these resources, which

of course we've tried to do based on the

age ranges. So as students progress and

start to become a little more

savvy with their learning and with their reso

research, they're going to find more advanced

tools and you'll see they almost look

identical on this page. Of course

gel and Context elementary is a little bit more visual

since it's built for our, our young

students, our little kids but as

they get older, you'll see gel and context, middle

school and high school look almost

identical. So they're going to find

kind of that same feel and look of the topic


just with higher content level once

they get to gal and context high school.

So let me show you how this looks just so you kind of see

how students

might access this information. Once you get them

into a resource, I'm just gonna

click into Gle and Context high

school today.

Um But it'll work the same within Galen context,

middle school as well, slightly different for

gel and context elementary just because again,

it's leveled for our elementary kids.

But we've got our topic pages listed

on the home page here. I'll point out for this month

we've actually pulled forward artificial intelligence

as one of our highlighted topics. Of

course, that works really well for this week. But just

learning in general, of course A I has really

kind of

come to the forefront really of everyone's mind.

Everyone's talking about A I, everyone

wants to use A I, everyone's slightly

afraid of A I. So we've decided to pull

that topic page forward up top here.

If students want to investigate,

we've also got the full list down

here as well. So when we're talking about media

literacy, for the most part, they're going

to find information under science and health

and social issues because of course,

a lot of media literacy is circling around,

you know, cyber bullying fake news, things like

that. They'll find that information under social


But let's just click into our artificial

intelligence topic page here. I'm gonna

explore this topic. Oops,

I left it sitting for too long. There we go. So I hit,

explore this topic and now this is

the topic page for artificial intelligence.

So if you do decide to start your students on these

topic pages

at the top of the page, they're going to get an overview

of just the background of the the

topic. So they kind of get their footing a little bit

and then underneath, they're going to get all of this

great content that we've pulled forward into different

content buckets here. So you'll see. We've got, our reference

works are pulled forward,

images are pulled separate. We've got great

videos, audio files,

audio files are a lot of podcasts available

to students, our magazine and news.

And if I scroll to the bottom,

there we go. We also have related topics

to help students move forward. So if they maybe

want to talk to learn about Google or

compare Google and Microsoft, they

can do that right here. If they want to take a look at Apple

that's listed here as a related topic as well.

It's kind of help them move forward

and a really nice feature. I want to point out if

you do pull these topic pages for students

and want to share them. If you use

this, get link button up top here in this toolbar.

This is gonna provide them with a persistent

URL. So this isn't gonna break.

And then you'll notice it's a lot shorter than what's

found in the search bar as well.

But you can share this out with students. You can put

it in a syllabus, you can share in an email, you

can put it in your discussion board post. And

soon as we're able to click in here and we launched right

to this topic page and then can start

kind of researching on their own. So if

you do want kind of that targeted learning,

maybe you're not ready to have them flow all

the way through the resource. You're a little bit afraid they might get

a bit overwhelmed.

This link will get them right

here in a more

controlled area.

We have another question here about the costs and fees.

Um So if you're talking about costs of the

resources, um I can give

you out your information for your um

your sales consultant and they can work with you

and work with your learning community. So I'll have

that at the end of the session for you.

If you're talking about the media literacy, support

materials on the support site, those are completely

free and open for you to use as needed.


So again, hold to the very end of the session,

I'll give you the information for your sales


and then you'll be able to reach out to them to kind of get

a better understanding of costs and things like that.

And then we have another question. Um One of our content

buckets is listed as featured


found here.

So we have a question, what determines that it's featured

content. So that's actually our content development

team. So generally it's going to depend on what's

going on. Um If something big happens in the

world of A I, then they may choose to

pull that forward as a featured bit of content.

So students can find it more easily.

Generally, featured contents are

going to fall into the reference bucket.

Sometimes. Um you'll see these, we have

a couple audio files, so sometimes they may

be multimedia content,

but it's just pieces of content that are

normally found within these other buckets that are

still there, but that we've chosen to pull forward

because, you know, something new happened

related to that specific topic or

it's, you know, something that's been really

prominent in the media recently. So it's

decided by our product

and our content teams.

OK. And before we get off, I do

want to mention that your students can also search

for topic pages. So I'm going

to start a search here, let's say

for cybersecurity, just so you can kind of see how

this functions. if they are searching

for something, you'll see, we have two B

options at the top of my predictive text

here. Anytime they see this bolded option,

those are topic pages that we've already created.

So if they're planning on searching for cybersecurity,

instead of kind of pulling just your standard

search results page, they can click on this

bolded option.

And now there we go, they're pulled directly to

this topic page here.

So another quick way to access those topic pages

without having to kind of search through a whole lot

of content. If they run a search, they see that

bolded text, click on it, they'll be taken

to the page and then you'll see it's laid out just

like the other one. Our related topics at the bottom

are content buckets in between

and then our overview at the very top

here. Now,

I'm going to go ahead and jump back to my sides once

more here

because that's what I have for you guys today.

And again, I'll put the information in a follow

up email for you, excuse me,


with a link to that support content

on the support site. And you know, we had a question

about cost and access to the resources.

Um You were an anonymous attendee.

So I can't give you specific information.

But um to get that information, reach

out to your sales consultant. If you don't know who that

is, you can, you can go


You'll put in your learning community's

information, you'll be forwarded to the correct

individual. Or if you like, you can email

me directly after the session. I

can give you the exact information you

get a follow up email from me. So I'll be able

to excuse me, quickly respond

back to you as well.

You will also have access to your customer

success manager. So if you want to talk about

this a little more specifically

related to your learn learning community, feel

free to reach out to them. If you don't know who that is.

[email protected]

you'll get that correct information there.

Again, our support site is


and I do have a training session survey. So if you

have the time to take that, I would love to hear your thoughts

on the session today. If there's something

that wasn't covered, that you would have preferred to be covered

if you had to have feedback about the materials

we've made, We'd love to hear that this QR

code is active if you wanna scan it.

So I'll go ahead and end the session for today. Then

I appreciate you all for being here again and

hopefully we'll see you in future gale trainings.
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