Meghan Manfra, associate professor of social studies education at the NC State College of Education, will present “Exploring Library of Congress Collections to Develop Media Literacy” as part of a professional development webinar series hosted by the Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region at Waynesburg University at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.
Teens, Social Media and Fake News
In August, Manfra discussed how the 2016 presidential election impacted the way information — especially inaccurate or fake information — is shared online and how that reaches adolescents on Education Matters, the Public School Forum of North Carolina’s television program that airs on WRAL-TV.
In the one-hour webinar, Manfra will share how teachers can equip their students to be media literate in an era of misinformation and fake news using Library of Congress collections. The Library of Congress works with Teaching with Primary Sources to build awareness of and offer access to its educational initiatives and resources for teachers across the nation.
Manfra’s research focuses on the integration of technology in secondary social studies classrooms and action research as a professional development tool. In her recent project “Connecting Carolina,” Manfra used a grant from Teaching with Primary Sources to collaborate with the N.C. Museum of History and social studies specialists from across the state to improve social studies education by providing access to digital history materials to teachers and offering inquiry strategies to teach historical concepts.