When logged into your Checkology educator account, there are a number of ways to learn all about the content available to you and to help you determine fit with your curriculum and student needs. Check out the FAQs below for some good places to start when looking to browse Checkology content.
How do I learn about available Checkology content in my educator account?
For at-a-glance information about Checkology’s core lessons, check out the “Assignment guides” located in the “Resources” tab. These guides include a list of learning objectives and essential questions, recommended grade levels and subject areas, estimated duration times and more!
To preview an entire lesson, exercise, challenge or mission, visit the “Content” tab. In this tab, you will find a “Preview” button next to every piece of Checkology content. When in this preview mode, you can go through the content element-by-element or you can use the navigation buttons at the bottom of the screen to skip around.
You can also read through a text-version of the lesson by accessing Transcripts in the Resources tab. These can be especially helpful to have open as a reference when teaching a Checkology lesson or grading student work.
What is the difference between lessons, exercises, challenges and missions?
When browsing or assigning content in Checkology, you will find four types of content: lessons, exercises, challenges and missions. In general, lessons are longer and go more in-depth than other types of content.
- Lessons ("Learn")
- Lessons introduce, explore and assess students on core concepts and skills. Most lessons are hosted by a subject matter expert and consist of instructional videos and assessments containing real-world examples. Read more about Checkology's core lessons here.
- Exercises ("Practice")
- Exercises provide additional practice with core concepts and skills introduced in lessons. For example, "InfoZones" exercises ask students to practice zoning real-world examples of information by determining whether a post, article or video is news, opinion, propaganda, entertainment, raw information or advertising.
- Challenges ("Extend")
- Challenges extend student learning by going in-depth into a specific core concept or skill introduced in a lesson, often by exploring a particular case study. For example, the challenge "Watergate: An Iconic Investigation" has students research the Watergate scandal, an important example of investigative journalism like the others in the "Democracy's Watchdog" lesson, and create a resource sharing their findings with peers.
- Missions ("Fact-check")
- Missions are fact-checking activities in which students get to the bottom of a piece of information using digital verification tools and skills they learn about in the Check Center.
Once I’ve finished browsing, how do I assign content to students on Checkology?
Once you have decided which content best fits with your curriculum and student needs, head to your Dashboard class tiles and select “+ Assign course.” This will take you to the course management area for the class you selected where you can assign a preset course, build your own course or edit an already assigned course. For more information on assigning a course, please visit the following help center articles:
Related articles: Assign a course
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