Organizational Partner Coronavirus Resources

We’ve curated a collection of resources exclusively from our Organizational Partners designed to support educators, parents, and students during the pandemic lockdown.

In response to the significant amount of misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Thomson Reuters and the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) teamed up to provide educators with classroom resources that will inspire relevant and rich discussion about media literacy. Check out the classroom guide, podcast, video, and infographic here!

Misinformation Resources

Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center

NewsGuard’s new Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center ranks and lists news and information sites in the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Germany that have published false information about the virus.

Get Smart about COVID-19 Misinformation

As part of an effort to combat misinformation about COVID-19 and the new strain of coronavirus that causes it, the News Literacy Project created this resource page to provide accurate information about the pandemic and free resources to educators and the general public.

COVID-19: Fact and Fiction

In this article, Bites Media breaks down what COVID-19 is, why it matters, and dispels some common myths about the virus.


Educator Resources

How Teachers Can Navigate School Closures Due to the Coronavirus

KQED gathered resources for educators to use for students during school closures in subject areas including ELA, math, science, social studies, and bilingual resources. They also include tools and resources for teachers to set up their classroom for distance learning and how to teach about misinformation, media literacy, and data literacy about the novel coronavirus.

Distance Learning: PBS NewsHour Classroom Resources for Students

These teacher-produced resources and lesson plans curated by PBS NewsHour Extra can be implemented for students who are distance learning. Examples include current events resources, their “Super Civics 2020” election series, and more.

Making Sense of Coronavirus Through Storytelling and Media Making

With many schools closing and teaching moving online, PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs has created a special unit that covers the basics of local community journalism, storytelling, scripting, and video editing. They are also offering daily office hours from 11 a.m. to noon ET through Zoom for teachers and students who want to talk through story ideas, troubleshoot audiovisual needs, or brainstorm lesson plans.

Online Resources for Media Educators

The Media Education Lab wants help in building a Google Doc with curated resources that can be useful for media educators, including how to talk to students about COVID-19, media literacy practices with remote instruction, and fighting misinformation about coronavirus.

Reduce Student Anxiety (and Your Own) During Uncertain Times

Common Sense Education put together some ideas and resources focused on news literacy, media balance, and healthy communication to help reduce students’ anxiety during this difficult time.

Printable Activities and Virtual Journalist Visits

Pulitzer Center is supporting educators as they transition to remote teaching by revising some of their most popular lesson plans to create printable activities for students to explore at home. They are also connecting K-12 classrooms with a journalist for a virtual visit to talk about what it’s like reporting on public health emergencies.

Resource Page for the COVID-19 Crisis

This resource page contains links to Education Development Center resources and ideas for parents and teachers that have been contributed by EDC staff around the world. Resources include virtual learning, STEM, and history lessons.

Learning Online Podcast

In a new podcast episode, Ben Sondgeroth, a Regional Educational Technology Coordinator for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois, discusses how to use video in online learning. He shares tips for teachers and administrators on how to find helpful tools and content, and the importance of educator self-care during these times of change.

5 Tips to Prepare for a Remote Classroom Due to Coronavirus

iCivics provides some tips for educators to keep the learning going outside of the school walls like preparing lesson packets or game play alternatives for students who may be without internet at home and creating some guidelines for students and their parents to help facilitate online learning at home.

Tips and Resources for PreK-12 Online Learning with Equity in Mind

New America is providing guidance and resources focused on equity, quality, and a human-centered approach to the use of technology for learning. This resource page focuses on helping more students gain access to remote learning, how to engage parents in at-home learning, how to find and use openly-licensed digital learning materials as a part of distance learning, and how to choose and use digital media with young children.

The Trust Project Lesson Plan

With misinformation and false rumors spreading rapidly due to the societal disruption caused by COVID-19, it’s important to help students know how to sort accurate journalism from imposter news stories and sites. Santa Clara University Library has developed a set of free curricular materials to help students use the Trust Indicators, developed by the Trust Project, as part of learning media literacy.

Curated Resources for Educators

WNET is curating a list of free lessons and activities from WNET, PBS LearningMedia, and other trusted partners to help students learn at home. All resources are free and standards-aligned. The resource pages are broken out for educators, families, subject area, and middle- and high-school students.

Educator Guide for Films

The Kunhardt Film Foundation hosts links to stream award winning films co-produced by HBO, lesson plans and discussion guides, as well as a rich collection of primary source photographs and an Interview Archive. Films on Martin Luther King, Jr., Bryan Stevenson, and Gloria Steinem are featured, with more added each month.

Distance Learning Resource Page

Members of the Teaching for Democracy Alliance are working to create and elevate civic resources which may be useful to students and teachers dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. Resources include distance learning materials from the American Federation of Teachers, Facing History and Ourselves, and the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE).

Copyright and Distance Learning

Copyright and Creativity’s (C&C) free lessons and videos provide information about how to successfully navigate copyright, and are readily usable for online learning. C&C also offers free, online training for educators and an information sheet to help educators navigate the copyright questions that arise in distance learning.

Free COVID-Related Media Literacy Lessons

Project Look Sharp has released media literacy lessons for educators to use in the classroom related to coronavirus, including lessons on Google searching, fact-checking messages, navigating misinformation related to the virus, and the connection between climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.

American History YouTube Videos

These YouTube videos from History Communicators on American politics are available for high school teachers teaching American history. Videos include topics such as television and elections, newspapers and elections, and the origins of public relations.

Media Literacy Infographic

This new infographic from the Center for Media Literacy illustrates their five core concepts and key questions for questioning media messages and social media.


Family and Student Resources

Social Media and Screen Time During a Pandemic

In a blog post, MediaSmarts discusses the quandary of being quarantined and the increase in screen time for kids. They offer general guidelines on how to moderate the amount of screen time kids have each day and other screen-free activities and resources that families can use in lieu of screen time.

Ideas for @Home Learning

The Illinois Digital Educators Alliance has gathered resources to support educators during the planning and preparation for e-learning for all grade levels and learning platforms that are being used, with tips for social emotional learning, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity skills.

A National Listing of Free & Low-Cost Internet Plans

The COVID-19 health crisis has shed light on the need for home internet service, and the large number of American households who don’t have it. In this list of free and low-cost internet plans from the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, some internet service providers have responded with new or improved discount broadband plans that are available.

Weekly Video Roundtables

The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture is launching a weekly Video Roundtable focused on the question, “How do we support youth and media in a pandemic?” These Video Roundtables, starting April 1, are free and open to all Youth Media Artists (ages 10-26) and Youth Media Practitioners (any age) around the world and in any discipline. Space is limited to 20 people.

JBFC Kids: At Home Viewing

With so much online content, finding quality films for kids can be overwhelming. The Jacob Burns Film Center has selected some films including shorts, documentaries, animations, and silent films, that are ready to stream and fun for the whole family.

Coronavirus: Lessons From Past Epidemics Documentary

This documentary from Retro Report looks at the race for a vaccine against COVID-19 and the parallels between the smallpox eradication campaign in the 1970s.


Free or Discounted Services

Cyber Civics Program

Through the Cyber Civics program, teachers and parents can use their lessons and activities to teach kids at home about how and why good citizenship is important. For schools planning to teach Cyber Civics next school year, they are giving their families immediate access to Cyber Civics lessons at no additional cost.

Free Access to News-O-Matic for Schools and Students

News-O-Matic is offering a safe, age-appropriate resource for global news for students for free through June 30. Teachers or school leaders can receive free access for their class and the service is also free for families through the end of the school year.

News Literacy Project Checkology Virtual Classroom

Educators and parents of students affected by coronavirus-related school closures in the United States can use the News Literacy Project’s Checkology Premium at no cost through the end of the school year. Checkology Premium gives students access to news literacy lessons about topics such as misinformation, understanding bias, and the watchdog role of the press and the use of algorithms in personalizing what people see online.

NewsGuard Removes Paywall

The NewsGuard browser extension, which costs $2.95/month, is now free for all users until July 1. The extension flags websites that have published COVID-19 hoaxes and other misinformation.

IREX Media Literacy Course Free for a Month

The Great Courses has opened IREX’s media literacy course (and all their content) free for a month, which can be a resource for educators looking for activities and virtual learning to share. Use the code FREEMO.

Project-Based Digital Storytelling Projects Free

Meridian Stories has over 125 three- to four-week creative digital storytelling projects in STEAM, history and language arts for middle and high schoolers. These project-based challenges are now free for the rest of the school year.

Newseum Ed Free Classes and Training

The Newseum can help provide students with virtual classes and resources to help cultivate First Amendment and media literacy skills essential to civic life.