Schroeder Library Media Center
March Newsletter 2022
Misinformation, Disinformation, and Spin
You may have read that on Friday, March 4 Putin signed into law a ban on what Russia's Parliament is labeling "fake" news about the military. Using the language "invasion" in referring to Ukraine is now punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The accepted language is "special military operation" (Izadi and Ellison, Washington Post).
As you discuss the impact of this law on the free press, it is important for students to understand that in this context, "fake news" refers to opposing or differing viewpoints, or more simply: information I don't like.
When you are looking to teach students to recognize biased or inaccurate media, the terms misinformation, disinformation, and spin (see graphic below), will better help you get at the varying forms of biased media, and the intent behind them.
Please invite me into your classroom if you'd like to co-plan or co-teach a lesson on media decoding. I am in the midst of a semester-long digital literacy course with Ithaca College's Project Look Sharp and am eager to share some new resources.
History of Ukraine Crisis Lessons Courtesy of Kathryn Greene
Lesson 2: Ukraine in Maps and Impact on U.S.
Ms Green teaches AP and College Prep World History at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Eastvale, California.
Project Look Sharp Lesson: Ukraine’s Holodomor – Famine or Stalinist Genocide?
The Holodomor, Ukraine’s Soviet-made famine in the 1930s, is less well known than other genocides, but is an important history given the current Russian invasion. Project Look Sharp’s newest free media literacy activity, Ukraine’s Holodomor – Famine or Stalinist Genocide?, has students read a 1-page history handout in preparation for decoding four Soviet government posters – two from the 1930’s and two from 1988 -presenting very different views on Stalin’s policy of forced collectivization.
In response to recent events, we excerpted this lesson from the larger kit: Soviet History Through Posters that uses 78 Soviet government posters to teach the history of the USSR from 1917 to 1991. You can see a 10 minute annotated demonstration video that shows a high school class decoding Soviet posters, including one used in this lesson.
Chris Sperry and Cyndy Scheibe
Project Look Sharp
January by the Numbers
965: Total number of student library users
51: Average number of student library users per day
4451: Number of database searches
212: LibGuide Hits
346: Physical materials checked out
518: Ebooks accessed
12: Classes Receiving Library Instruction
February by the Numbers
792: Total number of student library users
57: Average number of student library users per day
1925: Number of database searches
27: LibGuide Hits
235: Physical materials checked out
447: Ebooks accessed
10: Classes Receiving Library Instruction