FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Emily Freyer, Teachers College Press
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Publication Date: October 9, 2020
Box of 100 cards: $19.95
Teachers College Press—a leading publisher in research-based books for educators—announces the release of a groundbreaking new card game that teaches students to recognize the difference between real and fake news. A Best Empirical Research award winner at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference 2019, LAMBOOZLED!™ introduces middle and high schoolers to strategies they can use to critically evaluate news content. This innovative media literacy card game fosters skills in line with all quality state standards environments and is applicable to a wide range of subjects, including social studies, civics education, government, language arts, journalism, and science/STEM.
Dr. Ioana Literat and Dr. Yoo Kyung Chang developed LAMBOOZLED! in the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election and related conversations about the proliferation of fake news. LAMBOOZLED! is unique in that it builds the skills and presents the lessons of media literacy in a non-partisan way. Set in the fictional town of Green Meadows, students are given fictional news stories and asked to make real vs. fake determinations. “Sometimes questions of media literacy are fraught with partisan undertones and some young people are hesitant to speak up. LAMBOOZLED!’s humorous universe helps students let their guard down in ways that are conducive to building conversation,” says Mark Dzula, director of Teaching and Learning Resources at Webb Schools in Claremont, CA.
LAMBOOZLED! was developed collaboratively by an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students at the Media and Social Change Lab (MASCLab), a hub for multimodal and digital scholarship at Teachers College, Columbia University, with the participation of subject-matter experts, educators, librarians, and youth themselves.
Dr. Literat is an expert in digital culture who has recently been interviewed by the New York Times on the political expression of Gen Z on TikTok. Dr. Literat and Dr. Chang have published their research from the development of LAMBOOZLED! in the Harvard Kennedy School Misinformation Review and have presented the game at the 2019 New York Media Festival. Literat and Chang are based in New York and are available for interview.