News Literacy Virtual Classroom

The Checkology® virtual classroom helps students learn how to navigate the challenging information landscape by mastering the skills of news literacy. The virtual classroom’s lessons help educators equip their students with the tools to evaluate and interpret the news and learn how to determine what news and other information to trust, share and act on.

Leading journalists, along with First Amendment and digital media experts, guide students through the platform’s interactive multimedia lessons. These e-learning experiences use real-world examples of news and information that test students’ emerging skills and lead them tomastery. 

The iCivics curriculum team reviewed the Checkology® virtual classroom, and found the platformand curriculum to be high-quality: accurate, comprehensive, engaging, and aligned with our mission. For this reason, we have included it in our library of offerings.

For more information, view the trailer and/or visit Checkology® to start your free Basic Access membership.

  • Categorize information
  • Make and critique news judgments
  • Explore how the press and citizens can each act as watchdogs
  • Detect and categorize misinformation
  • Interpret and apply the First Amendment
  • Compare the ways that different countries protect or restrict press freedom
  • Identify logical fallacies and evaluate arguments
  • Investigate the impact of personalization algorithms
  • Evaluate bias and learn about confirmation bias

The links to the Checkology® virtual classroom on our website are provided on an “as is” basis without any express or implied warranties of any kind. Your use of theCheckology® virtual classroom is at your own risk, and we are not responsible, directly or indirectly, for the content or accuracy of the Checkology® virtual classroom or for any loss or damage of any sort resulting from your use thereof. Any use of the Checkology® virtual classroom will be subject to its applicable terms of use and privacy policy, and we encourage you to carefully read the applicable terms of use and privacy policy before using the Checkology® virtual classroom.

We want you to know that iCivics receives a portion of all sales of paid-access Checkology® virtual classroom memberships as part of our partnership with The News Literacy Project, at no extra cost to you. After carefully reviewing the Checkology® virtual classroom platform and curriculum, we found it to be of high-quality and consistent with our goals and overall mission. It is for those reasons that we enthusiastically recommend it to you.