Friday, February 3, 2017

Fake News v. Real News

This year, as a librarian, I have been wondering, "Are we giving our students the skills to distinguish between fake news and real news in the world of social media? Do we have those skills ourselves?" You may remember that I recently posted about The CRAAP Test, which is a framework to help students decipher which information is reliable on the Internet. Is this enough in a post-truth world?

I have been collecting resources on this very topic for lesson plans across the curriculum, when I came across this TED-Ed video (You all know how much I love TED-Ed). "With the advent of the Internet and social media, news is distributed at an incredible rate by an unprecedented number of different media outlets. How do we choose which news to consume? Damon Brown gives the inside scoop on how the opinions and facts (and sometimes non-facts) make their way into the news and how the smart reader can tell them apart."

TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. This lesson by Damon Brown, animation by Augenblick Studios.

When you are finished watching the video above, take a look at this one on How False News Can Spread.

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