Checkology is a free online media literacy learning platform for educators and e-learners of all ages. The website contains examples from social media and news sites to help you identify credible, trustworthy information while also recognizing content that can be dismissed or debunked.
The nonprofit is supported by philanthropic donations. Checkology.org content has been created for middle school and high school students, but learners in the fifth grade and even post-collegiate adults have engaged with the platform. Lessons and exercises are ranked by difficulty so educators can create customized courses for their students.
The content is aimed at helping you learn “how to identify credible information, seek out reliable sources, and apply critical thinking skills to separate fact-based content from falsehoods”. While building the skills to evaluate and interpret information, you will also begin to better understand he role of the press as a government watchdog. Top journalists and digital media experts will be helping you navigate the interactive, real-world examples included in the lessons.
Checkology is an initiative of the News Literacy Project, a “nonpartisan national education nonprofit, provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy”.