Can your students spot fake news when they see it? Now that anyone with an Internet connection can publish whatever they want to online, its growing increasingly harder to spot what is real and what is fake. As young children start to get their information from social media news feeds (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat) its even more essential that they are able to decode what they read.
Students can determine if the piece of news that they reading is accurate by looking at where the information originated. They can also look to make sure that the sources were sited and documented. Students should be aware of websites that have bold claims but no sources to back them up. Another red flag would be a website that is vague and doesnt offer any further details.
Students can ask themselves if the piece of information they are trying to determine is useful to them. The information quality has to address what they are searching for. They can also look to spot if the information included pictures, charts, or videos all will help them determine the relevancy of the information.
The first thing students can do is ask themselves if the news article is reliable. They can look to see if it is full of facts or full of opinions. Students can also look for balance of perspectives as well as if the sources are trustworthy. They look to see what other news outlets are reporting the same news. If they determine that they are not, it doesnt necessarily mean that the information is not true, it just means that they should dig a little deeper into it.Related ArticlesClassroom Management Tips for New TeachersClassroom management tips, advice, and suggestions for new teachers.Classroom Management: How Intelligent School Design Influences LearningHow to use classroom management via intelligent school design to actively…Classroom Management: Teaching with Limited ResourcesClassroom management tips to help you make the most with what you have in the…The Flip Side: A Guide to Flipped LearningOur guide to flipped learning, which can positively transform your class.Teaching Strategies to Deal with a Poorly Designed TextbookTeaching strategies to help you handle a poorly designed textbook.