What is Checkology?
Checkology helps educators teach news literacy by providing free lessons, challenges, exercises, and missions about today’s challenging information landscape. Students will learn how to identify credible information, seek out reliable sources, and apply critical thinking skills to separate fact-based content from falsehoods. All you'll need to get started is an up-to-date web browser.
(Watch the video or read the article below for a quick guide to getting started on Checkology.)
Registering an educator account
When you click "Register Now," you will see the Educator account registration button on the left.
You will be taken through three easy steps to register your educator account:
- Select your school. Joining with your school means it will be easy to select your colleagues as co-teachers or transfer students across classes in Checkology. Just enter your school's information and select it from the dropdown menu. Can't find your school? No problem. Just select "Can't find a match? Request a new school" and follow the instructions.
- Confirm your Checkology administrators. This step asks you to confirm any school or district-level Checkology administrators associated with the school you selected. By checking the box, you are acknowledging that you understand the individuals listed will have access to the data described. Please note: Some schools may have no administrators listed.
- Create your account. In this step, you can select your preferred sign-in method. You can use one of the single sign-on options (such as Google or Microsoft) so you can login with just a click or you can use "Sign up using email" and set a password.
Creating a class
To create your first class, click the "+ Add class" button on your Dashboard. From there, just enter your class information at the top and then click the green "Create class" button when ready.
You can adjust class settings anytime to help tailor your Checkology experience for your learning environment. Just click "Edit" next to "Class settings" on a Dashboard class tile menu and then click "Open advance settings" to see more options. Remember to press "Save" after making any settings adjustments.
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Set your Checkology video preference according to your school's preferred video streaming service. Checkology videos are hosted on three different platforms: Vimeo, YouTube and Wistia. To switch video preferences, hover over the icon in the top right corner and select "Manage Account" from the dropdown menu and, then, "Video Preference" from the side navigation menu.
Once you have created a class, you can begin adding students to that class. Students can self-register OR you can register student accounts for them.
Most educators elect to have students self-register because self-registration allows students to link their Google or Microsoft account to Checkology. The easiest way to have students self-register is to copy the class URL and code (pictured below on the left) and then share that link wherever you communicate most easily with your whole class - perhaps in an email or a class discussion board. You can also copy this class URL and code from your class tile on your Dashboard (pictured below on the right).
When students click the join link, they will be sent directly to the student registration page and your unique class code will be auto-filled in their login information.
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After sending students this registration information, you can check to see who has joined your class by clicking on "Manage" next to "Students" on your Dashboard.
Assigning a course
Courses are collections of news literacy lessons, challenges, exercises and missions. When you click "Assign course," you will automatically be served a "Checkology 101" default course based on your earlier "grade level" selection in the class settings area. To find more information about the default course, click "Preview course." To assign the course, click on the green "Assign to class" button. It will appear purple when your course has been successfully served to your students.
If you would like to browse or assign other courses curated by the News Literacy Project, click "change course." If you would like to curate your own course, click "customize this course." When customizing an existing course or create a brand new one, you will be prompted to name your new course and then be taken to the course builder.
Once you've assigned a course, your students will be able to access it from their student accounts. Your students will first be prompted to take a short pre-assessment survey to help you see their news literacy learning gains overtime. Once done, they can jump into their first news literacy assignment.
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Managing a class
Even after your class is underway, you can still change your class settings, add and remove students, and edit your course at any time from your Dashboard class tile menu:
You can also use this class tile menu to enter the evaluation area or download a report of student work.