Teacher Review for checkology® Virtual Classroom

Engaging Look at Information Credibility does the work for you

Leslie W.
Media specialist/librarian
Von E. Mauger Middle School
Middlesex, NJ
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My Rating
Learning Scores
Engagement
Pedagogy
Support
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Great with Advanced learners
General
How I Use It
The 8th grade Social Studies teacher and the Library Media Specialist partnered to use checkology as a parallel track to the American History unit. Between units or as appropriate, the teachers would plan lessons which linked to a topic in the curriculum (civil rights or immigration) or simply as a break from the topic at hand.
My Take
Checkology pulls in myriad resources that would have taken us hours to re-create -- months or years, in fact. They use timely, current sources such as the Daily Show, CNN, Twitter and Infowars, among many, to focus on the type of information (news, opinion, propaganda) rather than focusing on the politics. This definition-driven exercise, which looks at current sources as well as current debates, is intrinsically relevant to the students because of its timeliness and the well-designed user interface. It's easy to use as a teacheror a student. If we had more time, we would use the entire curriculum as well as the "bonus" extension activities, incorporating more "offline" projects which the students could produce such as their own newspaper.