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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Our lessons closely align with
state standards
Premium enrichment
Checkology Premium includes enrichment activities and resources to support educators as they extend student learning by blending the platform materials in their classrooms.
Exercises Premium Enrichment
Game-like activities that provide students with extra practice on lesson content.
Challenge Premium Enrichment
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 teach students tips and skills for checking the legitimacy of content they find outside of the classroom.
Newsroom to Classroom Premium Enrichment
Newsroom to Classroom
A Classroom Connection visit, either in person or virtually, with one of NLP's journalist volunteers, arranged by educators through our online directory.
Resources Premium Enrichment
Supplemental content, student creation tools, assessment links, transcripts and more for both teachers and students.
Additional Premium features
  1. Evaluation
    Educators can see and access all work that a student submits through our lightweight learning management system (LMS).
  2. Word Wall
    The Word Wall offers students quick access to a glossary of news literacy terms.
  3. Contests
    Occasional contests are hosted by the News Literacy Project education team, available to Premium students.
  4. Co-teachers
    Educators can assign a co-teacher to each section of students, enabling that teacher to also access and evaluate students’ work.
  5. Discuss Wall
    On this optional classroom discussion wall, students can respond to prompts created by their educator.
  6. Messaging
    Educators can send three types of messages to students within the platform: announcements, text-response and multiple choice.

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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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