If you’re looking for a way to teach your students journalistic writing, critical reading skills, or current affairs, the NY Times now has you covered. The NT Times Learning Network, which provides a slew of lesson plans and classroom activities inspired by Times content, recently announced the launch of a new interactive webinar series. The webinars will feature Times journalists tackling a variety of subjects.
“The first webinar, will serve as an introduction to the wealth of resources available on NYTimes.com, and will focus on practical ideas to use The Times to teach cross-curricular skills, from writing argumentative essays to analyzing infographics,” according to Linda Zebian, Director-Corporate Communications, The New York Times.
“Participants will also hear from Times political reporter Nicholas Confessore, about how he develops, fact-checks and writes news stories — and why that process is so important in an era of ‘fake news.'” One of the objectives of this webinar is to teach educators how to help students properly identify authenticated stories and use them as source material. It takes place on April 26 at 4:00 p.m. EST.
“The series is one of a number of new education-focused initiatives from The Times that are supported through its ‘sponsor a subscription’ program, which allows individuals to make a contribution that provides Times digital subscriptions to students and schools across the U.S. For every subscription granted through contributions to the program, The Times provides a subscription to one additional student,” according to Zebian.
The array of webinar topics make it easy for educators in different subject areas to find Times material that aligns with their curriculum and/or learning objectives.
“On May 10, The Learning Network will host its second webinar on how teachers can incorporate The Times into a summer reading program. Beginning in August and running through the 2017-18 academic year, webinars will focus on a range of topics like climate change, the Supreme Court and teaching argument writing with The Times Opinion pages. Some webinars will be for teachers only, and some will also be open to students.”
The webinars are sure to be a great addition to the Learning Network’s already impressive catalog of educational resources.