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How to Spot Fake News (and Teach Kids to Be Media-Savvy) How to Protect Students From Fake News. For those raised in the information age, life without the internet is no life at all.

How to Protect Students From Fake News

It is often a primary focus of a teen’s day (75% of teens are online several times per day) and an important means by which they communicate with the world and take in new information. While information can be found in various sources across the internet, an overwhelming majority of teens and pre-teens tend to gather their information from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. A 2015 report by the Media Insights Project found that the majority of surveyed Millennials (aged 18-34) cited Facebook as their sole or primary source of key news and other information. How new is "fake news"? President Donald Trump’s administration is accused of disseminating “fake news” to the shock of the media, tens of millions of Americans, and to many others around the world.

How new is "fake news"?

So many people think this is a new, ugly turn of events in American politics. What does American history have to say about this? When George Washington announced that he did not want to serve as president for a third term, Thomas Jefferson let it be known that he was interested in the job. That was in 1796. 10 Good Tips To Spot Fake News. April 15, 2017 A few days ago we shared with you a new Google feature that allows you to easily fact check online content.

10 Good Tips To Spot Fake News

Today, we are sharing with you 10 good tips that will enable you to critically assess the veracity and credibility of online content (e.g. news stories). These are guidelines Facebook Help Centre provided for it users to help them spot fake news. However, these tips can also apply to any other type of content. Students can use them to evaluate digital content and enhance their critical reading comprehension. We have embedded these tips into the visual below so you can print and share with your students in class. The Fake-News Fad: Let it Fade. Have you heard the news?

The Fake-News Fad: Let it Fade

We have a new four-letter word featuring an “F” and a “K” in our lexicon: It is F-A-K-E. The 2016 Presidential election campaign made fake news one of the hottest topics in—ahem—the news. Shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, “alternative facts” stole the limelight for a brief period, but the fascination with fake news persists.

Our focus on fake news, “alternative facts,” and general media mendacity distracts us from a very real educational challenge: teaching students the skills and dispositions that make them careful and thorough researchers. This is hard work, and there are no easy recipes to facilitate the process. Fake news sites designed to trick you. How false news can spread. Fake News. It’s no secret that the topic of fake news is widely prevalent in our culture today, but while adults grapple with how to discern the credible from the false stories, where does that leave our students?

Fake News

As more and more PreK–12 educators across the country find themselves having to address this issue in the classroom, Scholastic Classroom Magazines Junior Scholastic (for grades 6–8) and The New York Times Upfront (for grades 9–12) recently tackled fake news with cover stories about the history of made-up news, how companies are currently reacting to this issue, and a list of helpful tips for students, teachers, and parents to spot false information. Jane Nussbaum, Executive Editor of Junior Scholastic, and Ian Zack, Executive Editor of The New York Times Upfront, took to the airwaves to speak more in depth on the importance of media literacy and how fake news is affecting the classroom. 5 Ways to Spot Fake News Video. The information war is real, and we’re losing it. A University of Washington professor started studying social networks to help people respond to disasters.

The information war is real, and we’re losing it

But she got dragged down a rabbit hole of twitter-boosted conspiracy theories, and ended up mapping our political moment. It started with the Boston marathon bombing, four years ago. University of Washington professor Kate Starbird was sifting through thousands of tweets sent in the aftermath and noticed something strange. Too strange for a university professor to take seriously. “There was a significant volume of social-media traffic that blamed the Navy SEALs for the bombing,” Starbird told me the other day in her office.

Same thing after the mass shooting that killed nine at Umpqua Community College in Oregon: a burst of social-media activity calling the massacre a fake, a stage play by “crisis actors” for political purposes. “After every mass shooting, dozens of them, there would be these strange clusters of activity,” Starbird says. “That was a terrible mistake. Starbird sighed. Fake news and the future of journalism. “Every public has its own universe of discourse and…humanly speaking, a fact is only a fact in some universe of discourse.”

Fake news and the future of journalism

Fake news and how to spot it. A characteristic of fake news is that it is distributed rapidly and widely through social media, usually by unsuspecting internet users.

Fake news and how to spot it

It is the global popularity of Facebook, Twitter and Google that has allowed phony news to flow into people’s homes so easily, to be re-posted so rapidly, and to maintain anonymity for the originator. By Dr Catherine Strong We are only a few weeks into 2017, but already it seems the phrase of the year might very well be the “F” one. How “News Literacy” Gets the Web Wrong. I have a simple web literacy model.

How “News Literacy” Gets the Web Wrong

When confronted with a dubious claim: Check for previous fact-checking workGo upstream to the sourceRead laterally That’s it. There’s a couple admonitions in there to check your emotions and think recursively, but these three things — check previous work, go upstream, read laterally — are the core process. We call these things strategies. The reason we present these in sequence in this way is we don’t just want to get students to the truth — we want to get them there as quickly as possible. To give an example, here’s a story from Daily Kos: The Media: Separating Fact from Fiction. An informed citizenry is vital to democracy.

The Media: Separating Fact from Fiction

Yet the challenge of wading through information—and misinformation—has never been greater. How can educators help young people make sense of the news they get from an ever-evolving media landscape? I talked to Jim Warren, chief media writer for and national political correspondent for U.S. Fake News Should Die… Or Should It? This blog post is part of the CM Rubin World Global Search for Education which poses a question each month to leading educators for reflection and sharing. This month’s question is “how do we fight the fake news epidemic?” Recently, Fake News has been getting a bad reputation, I’m hoping this post changes that! Over half of Americans get their news from just one social media site – Facebook and 45% of US adults say government politicians and elected officials bear a great deal of responsibility for preventing made-up stories from gaining attention (Pew Research Center, December 15, 2016).

These statistics alarm me. Not the first one highlighting where people find information, but the second claim in which many feel the responsibility of identifying and stopping the spread of fake information resides with the government. A conversation I had with my 7th grade son and his friends this morning: 5 ways to teach kids about Fake News. Following up from the honor of being selected in Huffington Posts Top 12 Global Education Blogs of 2014/2015 I have been chosen again in this amazing group and for 2016/2017 will be contributing to Huffington Post’s Education blog once a month. The Media: Separating Fact from Fiction. How to Spot Fake News. Can You Tell Fake News From Real? Study Finds Students Have 'Dismaying' Inability. Stanford researchers assessed students from middle school to college and found they struggled to distinguish ads from articles, neutral sources from biased ones and fake accounts from real ones.

Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Getty Images. Fake News, Alternative Facts and Librarians As Dedicated Defenders of Truth. Let's be clear, there's no such thing as "alternative facts. " The same fact can be used by different people to support alternative opinions, but the facts don't change.

Different people can use the same facts to emphasize alternative ideas or to inform different theories, but the facts remain the same. Facts are non-partisan. Facts alone are neutral. It's what we do with them that becomes controversial. That said, there's a not so old saying that goes "we are drowning in information, but starving for knowledge. " How to choose your news. How the media landscape has changed Media visionary Clay Shirky gave a TED Talk on how the media landscape has changed.

“The moment we’re living through, the moment our historical generation is living through, is the largest increase in expressive capability in human history.” In other words, the amount of information we are capable of capturing is unprecedented. Fake News Is Here: Help Students Detect It. We highly recommend that teachers explore the New York Times Learning Network article (1/19/17) sharing many lesson ideas and resources (including this post): Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News.

By Frank W. Baker “Dewey Defeats Truman” read the large-type headline on the front page of The Chicago Daily Tribune for the issue published the night of the 1948 presidential election. The headline was wrong: Harry Truman HAD won. The paper went to press before the final votes were counted. Is technology smart enough to fix the fake news frenzy? The debate about “fake news” and the “post-truth” society we now supposedly inhabit has become the epistemological version of a feeding frenzy: so much heat, so little light. All I Know Is What’s on the Internet. All I Know Is What’s on the Internet Information literacy is not the antidote to fake news, because the institutions for teaching it can’t be trusted either Rolin Moe January 17, 2017 share Image: "Lost in Reflection" from Night Shift by Guillaume Lachapelle.

In the war on fake news, school librarians have a huge role to play. Fake Think Tanks Fuel Fake News. Fake news isn’t just Macedonian teenagers or internet trolls. A longstanding network of bogus “think tanks” raise disinformation to a pseudoscience, and their studies’ pull quotes and flashy stats become the “evidence” driving viral, fact-free stories.

Not to mention President Trump’s tweets. These organizations have always existed: They’re old-school propagandists with new-school, tech-savvy reach. Will we now take information literacy skills seriously? Ferreting Out Fake News. The Honest Truth about Fake News. Did you hear that Pope Francis endorsed Donald Trump for president?