What is Checkology?

Equipping students with valuable skills

The Checkology virtual classroom is a browser-based platform where middle school and high school students learn how to navigate today’s challenging information landscape by developing news literacy skills. Through its lessons, educators equip their students with tools to evaluate and interpret information and to determine what they can trust, share and act on.

Experts lead the way

Leading journalists, along with First Amendment and digital media experts, guide students through the platform’s interactive multimedia lessons. Featuring real-world examples from social media and news sites, these e-learning experiences resonate with students, test their understanding and lead them to mastery.

Students learn how to identify credible information, seek out reliable sources and know what to trust, what to dismiss and what to debunk. They also gain an understanding of the importance of the First Amendment in our democracy and in their own civic engagement.

Checkology 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. Co-teachers
    Educators can assign a co-teacher to each section of students, enabling that teacher to also access and evaluate students’ work.
  4. Discuss Wall
    On this optional classroom discussion wall, students can respond to prompts created by their educator.
  5. Messaging
    Educators can send three types of messages to students within the platform: announcements, text-response and multiple choice.
Additional Features
  • Teacher guide with national standards alignment and comprehensive blended e-learning strategies, including PBL and civic engagement extensions.
  • Customer support.
  • Individual student accounts
    (for one-to-one instruction).
  • Interactive lessons hosted by noted journalists and experts on the First Amendment and digital media.
  • Course customization.
  • Points and student leaderboard.
  • Class discussion area.
  • Student progress autosave.
  • Customizable settings for each class.
  • Journalist visits to students through our Newsroom to Classroom program.
  • The Check Center, where students learn and practice digital verification skills.
Students learn how to
categorize information.
make and critique news judgments.
explore how the press and ordinary people can each act as watchdogs.
detect and categorize misinformation.
interpret and apply the First Amendment.
compare the ways that countries protect or restrict press freedom.
identify logical fallacies and evaluate arguments.
investigate the impact of personalization algorithms.
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“I have really loved all of the resources I’ve gained and the knowledge my students are walking away with ... and the skills that they’re able to apply to their own reading and consumption of media.”
Nicole Finnesand, high school teacher, Colton, South Dakota

Make the world more news-literate!