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.
Does the claim or headline accurately reflect the linked article? Quick check with Ctrl-F
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
SECOND CHALLENGE: Reality Check (MediaSmarts)
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.
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."