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Mission

  • To empower Indiana students, educators, and communities with critical information literacy skills to identify and combat misinformation, fostering a more informed and engaged citizenry.
  • To promote understanding and awareness of misinformation in Indiana through education, collaboration, and public engagement, ensuring that every Hoosier has the tools to access and evaluate information critically.
  • To provide comprehensive media literacy education across Indiana, equipping individuals with the skills to discern fact from fiction in the digital age and contribute to a truth-informed public discourse.
  • To collaborate with educational institutions, libraries, and community groups in Indiana to develop resources and workshops that enhance critical thinking and digital literacy, combating the spread of misinformation.
  • To champion the importance of media literacy in Indiana’s schools and communities, developing a statewide network of informed citizens and educators dedicated to the principles of truth and transparency in information.

Objective

Student-Oriented Objectives:

  1. Create interactive workshops for students on identifying misinformation.
  2. Organize student competitions on creating effective anti-misinformation campaigns.
  3. Launch online platforms for students to discuss and learn about media literacy.
  4. Implement hands-on activities that engage students in evaluating news sources.
  5. Encourage student-led initiatives to promote digital literacy within their communities.

Educator-Oriented Objectives:

  1. Develop media literacy curriculums aligned with Indiana’s educational standards.
  2. Train educators in the latest digital literacy practices and tools.
  3. Offer certifications for educators who complete specialized media literacy training.
  4. Organize annual conferences for educators to share resources and effective teaching strategies.
  5. Provide ongoing professional development focused on integrating media literacy into various subjects.

Media Specialist Objectives:

  1. Foster partnerships with local media to promote responsible journalism and accurate reporting.
  2. Train librarians and media specialists in advanced information verification techniques.
  3. Develop resources and toolkits specifically for media specialists to use in community education.
  4. Coordinate with tech companies to provide access to advanced tools for checking information accuracy.
  5. Create a network of media literacy advocates among professionals in journalism and library science.

Community Objectives:

  1. Implement community outreach programs to extend literacy efforts beyond educational institutions.
  2. Engage with parents and guardians to educate them on how to support their children’s media literacy at home.
  3. Sponsor public seminars and talks on the importance of media literacy and how to combat misinformation.
  4. Produce and distribute educational materials on media literacy to community centers and libraries.
  5. Measure and report on the impact of media literacy initiatives to guide future community efforts.

Partners

Indiana Council for the Social Studies

  • Indiana Council for the Social Studies (Lead)
  • Indiana Humanities (Grantor)
  • NPR/PBS in Indianapolis
  • Center for Representative Government
  • Ball State’s Center for Economic and Civic Learning
  • Purdue Northwest and Ball State

Presentation Guide Lines

Objectives

Sessions should meet the following learning objectives:

  • Participants will be able to explain why verifying information is important. What’s the impact?
  • Participants will understand that we are all vulnerable to spreading misinformation.
  • Participants will be able to recognize when they should investigate the credibility of information. What does misinformation look like?
  • Participants will be empowered: They will be able to explain how to investigate questionable information AND/OR how to find good information. What can we do?

Activities

Sessions must include interactive elements. We recommend aiming for a 50/50 split between lecture and activities, or more activity than lecture time. Here are some ideas, free tools, and resources: 

  • Live poll / Word clouds
    • Poll Everywhere (unlimited questions, free up to 25 max audience size)
    • Mentimeter (free up to 2 question slides, unlimited audience size) 
  • Quiz / Interactive Ice-breaker 
    • Kahoot (free for less than 50 players – participants could do in pairs)
  • Turn & talks / think-pair-share with a partner / small group
  • Group drawing reflection activity to work on with a partner / small group

Schedule

March or April 2025

Location

How many and where?

Costs

  • Venue/Space
  • Swag (t-shirts, stickers, pens)
  • Food and beverage (for participants, speakers, and volunteers)
  • Escape room kits (printing and packaging of all materials)
  • Volunteer training & recognition (lunch during training, celebratory happy hour after event)
  • Printing (welcome packet materials, handouts for activities, signage)
  • Materials (markers, name tags, lanyards)

Funding

Attendees

  • Who should be invited?
  • Limit the number of students per school? (Goal for them to go back and do something)

Resources

Sample Schedule

This schedule is the most up-to-date reflection of the lessons we’ve learned after hosting MisinfoDay in person and virtually since 2019. The primary differences between this schedule and ones from years’ past – also listed below – are (1) a shorter day and (2) one longer breakout session instead of 2-3 shorter ones. 

09:30 – 10:00 AM30 minsDoors Open
10:00 – 10:30 AM30 minsWelcome & Opening Keynote
10:45 – 12:00 PM1 hour 15 minsSession Time 
Students will choose a breakout room session, such as one of the escape room games, debunking deceptive data, or TikTok and misinformation.
12:00 – 12:30 PM30 minsLunch
12:30 – 1:00 PM30 minsClosing Keynote & Event Survey (end of lunch)
Half Day Schedule
09:00 – 09:30 AM30 minsDoors Open
09:30 –  09:50 AM20 minsWelcome & Opening Remarks
09:50  – 11:05 AM1 hour 15 minsEuphorigen Investigation Escape Room
11:15 – 12:05 PM50 minsSession 1 View options here
12:15 – 12:55 PM40 minsLunch
01:05 – 01:55 PM50 minsSession 2 View options here
01:55 – 02:05 PM10 minsClosing Remarks & Event Survey
Full Day Schedule

Planning Agenda #1

  • Location ( Northwest Indiana (Purdue Northwest or Valparaiso University) | Indiana University Indianapolis | Ball State | Indiana University)
  • Schedule (Full Day, 9:30 to 1:00, 1/2 Day)
  • Funding Sources (Suggestions)
    • Indiana Humanities (Up to $3K, have to come up with a sustaining model)
    • Knight Foundation
    • External Sources (News, Social Media, etc…)
  • Agree on a Mission Statement
  • Trainer Model (few students from a school attend and give them tools to go back and do it in their school) or Learner Model (larger groups of students)
  • Cost breakdowns
  • ICSS Regiestration/Money and Management