We all have a shared responsibility to understand media literacy and teach our students the skills they need to navigate and understand the information presented to them.

What is Media Literacy?

Media literacy, as defined by the , is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act using all forms of communication.

Explore the resources below to learn more.

For Teachers

 (California Department of Education): A collection of resources to support media literacy in the classroom.

(California Department of Education): Find instructional materials, professional development opportunities, and grant resources related to media literacy.

(Edutopia): This four-step process teaches students how to identify and critically analyze the misinformation embedded in fake news articles shared on social media.

(Central Washington University Libraries): A guide to discerning fake news sources, including articles, videos, and links to other resources.

 (North Dakota State Library): Learn about the history of fake news and find resources for spotting and preventing its spread.

For Students and Families

(Educators Technology): Find 10 actionable steps to help you evaluate the veracity and credibility of online content—be it news stories, blog posts, or social media updates.

(Maxwell Library): Learn how you can identify fake news articles.

(National Association for Media Literacy Education): Learn how to start conversations on media literacy at home.


: This tool intended to build user skills in identifying false information in a gameified format. Using a Tinder-like format, players swipe left or right depending on if they think the news presented is real or fake. Users can get hints by looking at the source of the article. Players earn points and can progress through several levels.

: A project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, FactCheck.org aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

Useful Websites

: NAMLE provides resources for educators and families to make media literacy highly valued and widely practiced as an essential life skill.

Recent Stories and Articles

 (TRT World; January 2024) 

 (The Washington Post; December 17, 2023)

 (CNN Business; November 2, 2023)

Addressing Fake News and Media Literacy

(Government Technology; February 7, 2024)

 (NBC News; December 16, 2023)

 (CalMatters; November 10, 2023)

 (Assemblymember Marc Berman; October 14, 2023)

Tina Nelson

Coordinator, Library Media & Research

Email: tnelson@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5653

Alexandra Sheldon

Administrative Assistant

Email: asheldon@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5346