Independent and collaborative learning
Host: Paul SaltzmanDifficulty 1.5
Host: Self-guided interactive lessonDifficulty 2
Host: Sam ChaltainDifficulty 2
Host: Tamerra GriffinDifficulty 3
Host: Soraya Sarhaddi NelsonDifficulty 4.5
Host: Nicco MeleDifficulty 1.5
Host: Emily WithrowDifficulty 4.5
Host: Kimberley StrasselDifficulty 3
Educators can see and access all work that a student submits through our lightweight learning management system (LMS).
- Word Wall
The Word Wall offers students quick access to a glossary of news literacy terms.
Occasional contests are hosted by the News Literacy Project education team, available to Premium students.
Educators can assign a co-teacher to each section of students, enabling that teacher to also access and evaluate students’ work.
- Discuss Wall
On this optional classroom discussion wall, students can respond to prompts created by their educator.
Educators can send three types of messages to students within the platform: announcements, text-response and multiple choice.
How do we check for understanding?
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.