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How do I: Spot 'Fake' News?
This guide covers Information, Media, and Digital Literacy concepts and Digital Citizenship for Gr. 9-12 students, as well as teacher and parents.
Fake News!Post-truth!Deep Fakes!Clickbait! Bots and Trolls, AI (Oh My!)
Seriously????????I just want to read the news.
On this page you will learn tips & tricks (moves) to help you quickly SIFT through the fake, factual & flimsy.
TO GET STARTED: read STEP ONE for the what and why; watch the short skills videos in STEP TWO; then test your news smarts with activities & games in STEP THREE. Finished? check out the additional resources at the bottom of the page.
This is an unabashedly practical guide for the student fact-checker. It supplements generic information literacy with the specific web-based techniques that can get you closer to the truth on the web more quickly.
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!
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.
Test your Knowledge: Digging Deeper
How to Choose Your News: Animated video (4:48 min) providing a deeper dive into the history of media, media forms, evaluation tips and social media sharing. Watch the video and try your hand with the multiple choice & open-ended questions.
Online course consisting of 5 lessons based on the SIFT process for evaluating online information and spotting disinformation. Suitable for facilitated use in classrooms.
Evaluate Websites & Information Sources
Material on this page reproduced and adapted with thanks and permission from 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, a multi-school pilot to change the way that online media literacy is taught."