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HOW TO SPOT
STEP ONE: LEARN HOW TO SPOT FAKE NEWS
SIFT (Four Moves) adapted and reproduced with permission and thanks to Mike Caulfield, "Director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver, and head of the Digital Polarization Initiative of the American Democracy Project,"
SIFT (Four Moves)
Don't read or share media until you know what it is!
Is the source of the story legitimate? Are they reputable? Are they biased?
Verify the claim by checking a fact-checker or finding other (reputable) sources covering the same story.
Check the original context of the claim - do a reverse image search, search the exact quote (use quotation marks in your search field), find another source that replicates both the context and content
Tip: Check the Claim with Ctrl-F
Does the claim or headline accurately reflect the linked article? Quick check with Ctrl-F
- Click into the link
- Type in a keyword from the assertion/headine
- Does the assertion match the content? If not, take a pass.
STEP TWO: LEARN THE SKILLS
STEP THREE: TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Can you tell fact from fiction? Ready to check out your online news smarts? Test your knowledge with these practice questions and activities.
FIRST CHALLENGE: FakeOut
Civix: Teaching Information Literacy Skills in the Digital Age
FR/EN With the rise of false and misleading information online, the ability to determine what is true or credible has become an essential skill. Check out this page for games, activities, case studies and other information/digital literacy activities. Canadian content!
SECOND CHALLENGE: Reality Check (MediaSmarts)
Reality Check - the Game
"In Reality Check, you’ll learn how to find clues like finding where a story originally came from and comparing it to other sources, as well as how to use tools like fact-checking sites and reverse image searches.
In each mission, you’ll be presented with a story on your social network feed that might be entirely true, entirely false, or somewhere in between. To find out, click on the different parts of the page where you see a magnifying glass. Once you’ve seen all the clues, you can decide how reliable you think it is and how to respond to it.
Because fact-checking shouldn’t be a chore, each scenario is designed to be played in 15 minutes or less."
THIRD CHALLENGE: KEEP IT GOING!
With fun games, apps and activities from 'Teaching Kids News', including:
Fake or Photo?
Can you tell the difference between real pictures and computer generated ones? Take the quiz to find out
Bad News! Junior
Become a fake news journalist on social media and see what happens......
IFLA How to Spot Fake News Poster
Evaluate Websites & Information Sources
Learn about Media Influences