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Turning Your Students Into Web Detectives

Our students use the web every day—shouldn’t we expect them to do better at interpreting what they read there? Perhaps, but not necessarily. Often, stereotypes about kids and technology can get in the way of what’s at stake in today’s complex media landscape. Sure, our students probably joined Snapchat faster than we could say “Face Swap,” but that doesn’t mean they’re any better at interpreting what they see in the news and online. As teachers, we’ve probably seen students use questionable sources in our classrooms, and a recent study from the Stanford History Education Group confirms that students today are generally pretty bad at evaluating the news and other information they see online. Now more than ever, our students need our help. In a lot of ways, the web is a fountain of misinformation. Here’s a list of fact-checking resources you and your students can use in becoming better web detectives. Download a student-friendly version here. PolitiFact Snopes

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Encouraging the ‘why’ behind information literacy skills: a student perspective – Information Literacy Spaces I recently read this article by Barbara Fister, and it was as if something jumped off the page at me. I recommend you read it as there’s a tonne of really valuable insight in there about the intricate web of information overload that we’re in in this ‘post-truth’ era. Here are a few key passages that particularly resonated with me as a budding psychologist and information literacy enthusiast.

Fake News: Recommendations - Media Literacy Clearinghouse If you read any news story about “fake news” in the past 18 months, you no doubt came across the phrase “media literacy.” From the various news stories and blog posts, I have compiled the following recommendations and advice. (NOTE: lesson plans, handouts and related videos are posted near the bottom of this list) Newest materials are posted last. Do you have suggestions for content that could be added here?

7 Time Savers for Innovative Educators The one thing all innovative educators need is more time. That’s why I stopped and read this Fast Company article from my Twitter feed: “Seven Effective Shortcuts To A More Productive Workday.” Rather than reading the whole article, I’ll save you time and share some ways this can be applied to the busy lives of innovative educators. Shave time to save time: Consider shaving off ten minutes from staff/team meetings. Stand up: Whether in class delivering a lesson or in a staff meeting, mix it up and stand up for a more productive experience. Consider scanning Craigslist and garage sales for high top tables that students can stand at so that classrooms are more fun and healthy places to learn.

News and media teaching ideas for secondary teachers, students and families All links and information in this article are current as of 16 April 2020 How a newspaper is created Find out about how the Guardian newspaper is produced from start to finish: From first word to final edition is an article explaining all the processes. To Test Your Fake News Judgment, Play This Game : NPR Ed Fake news has been on Maggie Farley's mind further back than 2016 when President Trump brought the term into the vernacular. Farley, a veteran journalist, says we've had fake news forever and that "people have always been trying to manipulate information for their own ends," but she calls what we're seeing now "Fake news with a capital F." In other words, extreme in its ambition for financial gain or political power. "Before, the biggest concern was, 'Are people being confused by opinion; are people being tricked by spin?'

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Wikipedia:Wikipedia is not a reliable source Wikipedia is not a reliable source. Wikipedia can be edited by anyone at any time. This means that any information it contains at any particular time could be vandalism, a work in progress, or just plain wrong. Biographies of living persons, subjects that happen to be in the news, and politically or culturally contentious topics are especially vulnerable to these issues. Edits on Wikipedia that are in error may eventually be fixed. However, because Wikipedia is a volunteer-run project, it cannot monitor every contribution all the time.

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