What are contests?
A few times each year, the News Literacy Project (NLP) creates and hosts platform-wide contests on Checkology. These contests are global — any student using Checkology can submit a response. Contest entries are judged by NLP and a winner is selected at the end of the contest period. Contests are a great way for students to demonstrate or practice their news literacy learning. By default, contests are enabled in Checkology.
InfoZones: Student Edition! Did you know that students completed Checkology InfoZones practice exercises over 70,000 times last year? Now, you have the chance to help thousands more students learn how to zone information! For this contest, send us examples of information about topics you're interested in. The winners will have their examples featured in a brand new student-made InfoZones exercise.
This contest opened on Monday, August 2nd and closes on Friday, October 15th.
Locating the contests setting
To access the contests setting, click "Edit" next to "Class settings" on your class tile. Then, click "Open advanced settings" on the bottom right.
Turning contests on/off
Toggle the switch to turn contests on (green) or off (gray). Click the green "Save" button after making any changes to class settings.
When contests are enabled, students have the option to complete a contest in their student accounts.
Please note: When contests are enabled, students may choose to enter a contest independently, regardless of whether you ask them to complete it.
You can preview contests from your educator account by clicking "View/edit course" on your class tile and scrolling down until you see the contest module. Note: the "View/edit course" widow mimics a student view of the course. Previewing a contest may help you decide whether to encourage your students to enter.
When a student clicks "Enter," they will see instructions on how to complete the task(s) of the contest. When they submit the contest, their submission is visible to the NLP team.
When contests are switched off, students will not see any contests appear in their student accounts.