Independent and collaborative learning

Checkology offers a dynamic and relevant news literacy curriculum that includes 13 interactive lessons, one of which is also available in Spanish. Lessons and exercises are organized into four distinct news literacy topics and skill sets—filtering news and information, exercising civic freedoms, navigating the information landscape and learning how to know what to believe. The curriculum includes lessons requested by educators, enhanced interactivity and design, and game-like exercises where students can practice their skills. Teachers can customize and sequence lessons based on classroom objectives. Checkology encourages both independent and collaborative learning and allows students to progress at their own pace.
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For Educators:
Our lessons closely align with state standards
Checkology enrichment
Checkology includes enrichment activities and resources to extend learning.
Exercises Premium Enrichment
Exercises
Game-like activities that provide extra practice on lesson content.
Challenge Premium Enrichment
Challenges
Quizzes that extend and expand on concepts and skills introduced in lessons.
The Check Center Premium Enrichment
The Check Center
A series of tools designed to build skills and habits of mind to detect and debunk misinformation.
Newsroom to Classroom Premium Enrichment
Education
Journalist Visits
A Newsroom to Classroom Connection, either in person or virtually, with one of NLP's journalist volunteers, arranged by educators through our online directory.
Resources Premium Enrichment
Education
Resources
Supplemental content, student creation tools, assessment links, transcripts and more for both teachers and students.

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Checks for Understanding*

The Checkology virtual classroom uses a combination of formative and summative assessments throughout its lessons, along with extension exercises and challenges to determine understanding and measure students’ progress toward specific learning objectives. These include objective questions as well as teacher-evaluable free response and reflection questions. In addition to traditional text-based questions, Checkology puts together real-world examples of images, video and web content compiled from social media, news organizations and other sources to assess specific news literacy skills and to mimic content that students will encounter on a daily basis.

Remediation is built into the platform. Students receive immediate feedback as they complete objective questions. Students answering incorrectly are offered prompts and the opportunity to try again and resubmit.

Checkology also includes exercises to reinforce specific skills, along with challenges and contests where students can apply those skills. Exercises are collections of questions that build on the skills in the relevant lesson so that students can apply what they learned and reinforce key skills. Challenges require students to apply and extend multiple skills to a specific learning objective.

Finally, students answer occasional poll questions within lessons. We ask these questions to gauge student attitudes and beliefs about concepts or subjects related to the lesson. These are not included in student scores and are not teacher-evaluable.

*While in-lesson assessments are available in both Checkology Basic and Checkology Premium, only Checkology Premium students — who have their own logins — can complete the assessments individually. Extension exercises and challenges are available only with Checkology Premium.

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