Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see. ~ Benjamin FranklinIt's truly a blessing and a curse, our students have immediate and broad access to information yet they do not know how to discern fake information from real information. In our current political climate, the situation is exacerbated. When I first began to teach digital fluency at NBPS, I always began with Eli Pariser's Ted Talk on filter bubbles. It's a powerful piece but never seemed to really sink in with students as much as it did with our faculty. However, in today's world where our president complains of fake news, students are now more aware of the issue. However, the question still remains, how best to teach our students to discern the fake from the real?
Some recent sources on this thorny issue may help.
New Literacy (adapted from lessons byErinn Salge & Kathy Rettberg) NEW
NPR: Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts
The Challenge Facing Libraries in an Era of Fake News http://theconversation.com/the-challenge-facing-libraries-in-an-era-of-fake-news-70828
Can Your Students Spot Fake News? Here are 47 Links to Help http://mediaspecialistsguide.blogspot.ca/2017/01/can-your-students-spot-fake-news-here.html?m=1
Media Literacy and Fake News Lesson (C-Span Classroom) http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2016/12/media-literacy-fake-news-lesson-plan.html#.WHZj_TssRUM
History Teachers Unite! We’ve Got Fake News To Fight http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/nick-shepley/fake-news_b_13530506.html
Wall Street Journal http://www.wsj.com/articles/most-students-dont-know-when-news-is-fake-stanford-study-finds-1479752576
And my favorite resource from John Spencer who provides some great ideas and guidance to help teachers implement a guiding philosophy in class rather than just a one shot lesson. Fake News Is A Real Problem: Here's How Students Can Solve It http://www.spencerauthor.com/2016/12/fake-news-is-a-real-problem-heres-how-students-can-solve-it.html/
Any other fab resources out there? Let me know in the comments!