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Avoiding Confirmation Bias
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We may be leaving out information or disregarding it because it doesn't conform with our own beliefs.  Students will learn about confirmation bias, different perspectives and how to avoid confirmation bias.  This lesson is part of a media unit curated at our Digital Citizenship website, "Who Am I Online?". 

Subject:
Educational Technology
English Language Arts
Speaking and Listening
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Dana John
John Sadzewicz
Beth Clothier
Angela Anderson
Date Added:
06/14/2020
Cybersecurity-Fake News
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The goals of this activity are to facilitate team work, critical thinking, and presentation skills in the area of cybersecurity and fake news. Students will be grouped into two teams. As a team, they will choose and analyze cases and ethical questions about fake news through the questions presented in the activity. They will present their analysis to the class.

Subject:
Philosophy
Criminal Justice
Law
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
CUNY Academic Works
Provider Set:
Hostos Community College
Author:
Amy J Ramson
Date Added:
07/04/2020
Deepfakes: Exploring Media Manipulation
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Students examine what deepfakes are and consider the deeper civic and ethical implications of deepfake technology. In an age of easy image manipulation, this lesson fosters critical thinking skills that empower students to question how we can mitigate the impact of doctored media content. This lesson plan includes a slide deck and brainstorm sheet for classroom use.

Subject:
Film and Music Production
Speaking and Listening
World History
General Law
Political Science
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Activity/Lab
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Shana Ferguson
Date Added:
08/06/2019
Digital Literacy Lesson Plan
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Hyperdoc playlist of activities for digital literacy lesson. Teacher will need to populate the "Guided Practice" section with updated links to current events. Check out The Sift from the News Literacy Project to get ides.

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Reading Informational Text
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Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson
Lesson Plan
Author:
Crystal Hurt
Date Added:
06/19/2018
Fact or Fiction: Detecting Fake News on the World Wide Web
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Fake News on the WebThis unit showcases lessons about Fake News, how students can learn to recongnize legitimate news stories from the fake stuff, and why recognizing the truth on the internet is so important.

Subject:
Information Science
Journalism
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Unit of Study
Author:
Karen Schlekeway
Date Added:
06/09/2020
Fact or Fiction? Evaluating Media in a “Post-Truth” World
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In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries chose "post-truth" as the word of the year. As literacy has shifted from published hardcopy to an online landscape, it is more important than ever to engage and empower students in navigating the complicated battleground of fake news verses responsible, fact-based news. In this multi-day lesson, students will 1) examine terms associated with “fake news” and evaluate sources for their reliability and authenticity, and 2) develop a set of norms for responsible use of online news sources that spans academic and personal interaction with media.Cover image: "Fake news" by pixel2013 from Pixabay.com

Subject:
Information Science
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Alyssa King
MSDE Admin
Date Added:
08/01/2018
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Facts or Fake News? Evaluating Media in a “Post-Truth” World
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The amount of information being consumed on a daily basis is staggering and often leads to "information overload." As literacy has shifted to a digital landscape, it is even more imperative for consumers, especially students, to learn how to navigate this environment. This multi-day lesson helps students 1) examine terms associated with "fake news" and how to evaluate them for reliability and authenticity, and then 2) develp a set of skills to help them continue to evaluate sources for both academic and personal needs."Fake News Image" by Pxfuel logo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Subject:
Information Science
Electronic Technology
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Janelle Coady
Date Added:
07/23/2020
Fake News: Bias in the Media
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The media plays an important role in how you interpret current events. The news media can use particular wording to sway public opinion. This seminar will help you build necessary skills to analyze and understand the media you consume to help you make informed decisions.StandardsCC.8.5.9-10.F: Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.CC.8.5.9-10.I Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.CC.1.2.11-12.D Evaluate how an author’s point of view or purpose shapes the content and style of a text.CC.1.2.11-12.F Evaluate how words and phrases shape meaning and tone in texts.

Subject:
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Tracy Rains
Date Added:
01/02/2018
A Field Guide to “Fake News” and Other Information Disorders
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A Field Guide to “Fake News” and Other Information Disorders explores the use of digital methods to study false viral news, political memes, trolling practices and their social life online. It responds to an increasing demand for understanding the interplay between digital platforms, misleading information, propaganda and viral content practices, and their influence on politics and public life in democratic societies.

Subject:
Communication
Material Type:
Reading
Author:
Jonathan Gray
Liliana Bounegru
Michele Mauri
Public Data Lab
Tommaso Venturini
Date Added:
12/27/2018
Grade 5 Unit: What's News
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Unit OverviewThis unit focuses on the various modes of local, national and world news. Students will read, evaluate and integrate multiple sources of information to gain perspective and understanding of a variety of news events. Through a structured instructional sequence, students will gain knowledge about current news, discuss the events, analyze news sources, identify bias and write brief news articles or reports based on research. The unifying theme, What’s News? will guide students as they discuss the essential question, How does the news influence us?A variety of focus texts and resources are suggested. Depending on your class and available resources, other texts may easily be substituted. Teachers may develop a customized instructional sequence with alternate news articles appropriate to the needs and make-up of the community/school population.It is important teachers prepare fully by reading all resources and consider their students when planning to implement this unit. Time frames may vary depending on the daily amount of instructional time allotted, the student group and the degree of teacher support required for students to meet with success.Teacher Note: The news of today can be very graphic and disturbing. It is important you intentionally select articles and news that do not deal with violence of any kind but that does engage 5th graders. Remember to consciously be aware of this aspect of the news for the general public. Included in this plan are a variety of “kid friendly” news sites to access. You could write a letter to the parents of your class informing them of the unit’s intent and your plan for implementing it. For guidance, watch the TVO video about TKN and Media Literacy video at the bottom of the home page www.teachingkidsnews.com.The lesson models in this unit feature best practices using informational texts to address Common Core State Standards. Included are examples of text dependent questions and sample responses to guide instruction. Students will engage with technology and practice effective listening and speaking skills in collaborative groups to identify key ideas and concepts and to build deeper understanding.Additional Planning and Preparation:Read the entire unit model, associated texts, and resources.Note vocabulary, phrases, concepts, and terminology that may be challenging.Organize the class in groups or pairs for cooperative work and discussion.Access and bookmark web resources your students will use.You many choose to infuse ‘bigger’ questions into discussion such as:What does it take to overcome challenges?How do we face challenges?What kinds of challenges do we face?Are life always challenges necessary to succeed?Universal Design Principles and strategies for English Learners:Organize the class in groups and pairs for discussion and cooperative work.Use multiple modes of presentation to allow acquisition and integration of knowledge and to increase interest and motivation.Offer students choice of tasks and modes of response.Considering using a word processing program or template for students to keep notes such as Google note taking tools.IMPORTANT NOTE: No text model or website referenced in this unit has undergone a formal review. Before using any of these materials, local school systems should conduct a formal approval review to determine their appropriateness. Teachers should always adhere to Acceptable Use Policy enforced by their local school system.Text Models For Lessons and Lesson Seedshttp://teachingkidsnews.comhttps://theconnectedclassroom.wikispaces.com/NewsInterdisciplinary ConnectionsSocial Studies/Geography/Science/Health/Current EventsAdditional ResourcesTeacher ResourcesDaily News at http://www.nwf.orgWashington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/ecologists-track-dc-ospreys-long-journey-home--from-south-america-to-the-anacostia/2014/04/18/78a5dd18-c3fc-11e3-b195-dd0c1174052c_story.htmlPair these three articles – take down nest, bird rebuilds, rebuild, take down, build platform:http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/osprey-nest-blocking-md-traffic-camera-removed/2014/04/19/64623da8-c7fb-11e3-b708-471bae3cb10c_story.htmlhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-installs-nesting-platform-for-osprey/2014/04/24/c4c49eda-cbd8-11e3-b81a-6fff56bc591e_story.htmlhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/local/md-considers-nesting-platform-for-ospreys/2014/04/23/b82cf0f0-cb10-11e3-b81a-6fff56bc591e_story.htmlREADWORKShttps://www.readworks.org/passages/new-letter-alphabethttps://www.readworks.org/node/2219 batshttps://www.readworks.org/passages/classical-music-wolfgang-amadeus-mozarthttps://www.readworks.org/passages/cool-be-kind-0https://www.readworks.org/passages/endangered-animals-glancehttps://www.readworks.org/passages/finger-foodhttps://www.readworks.org/passages/homemadehttps://www.readworks.org/passages/meet-soldierScience Fridayhttp://auburnpub.com/science-friday-return-of-the-condor/article_54c3335a-cc67-11e3-acda-001a4bcf887a.htmlTime for Kids           https://www.timeforkids.com/NIEhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/http://helenair.com/news/local/th-graders-keep-abreast-of-current-events-school-issues/article_8dad9ea4-cc39-11e3-8e63-001a4bcf887a.htmlhttp://www.nwf.org

Subject:
Information Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
andrew robertson
MSDE Admin
Date Added:
06/26/2018
Identifying Media Bias in News Sources for Middle School
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Every media source has a story to tell--a driving purpose. The media that people consume largely shapes their world views. The US public is becoming more divided partially due to the consumption of increasingly biased news. As a critical consumer of media, It is important to be able to separate fact from opinion. In this unit, adapted from the high school version, students will become critical consumers of news, by identifying media bias in order to become better informed citizens.  NOTE: This unit has been adapted for use at the middle school level from the resource Identifying Media Bias in News Sources by Sandra Stroup, Sally Drendel, Greg Saum, and Heidi Morris.

Subject:
Journalism
Educational Technology
English Language Arts
Composition and Rhetoric
Reading Foundation Skills
Reading Informational Text
Political Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Game
Homework/Assignment
Lesson Plan
Reading
Student Guide
Unit of Study
Author:
Amanda Schneider
Sandra Stroup
Sally Drendel
Heidi Morris
Megan Shinn
Date Added:
05/13/2021
Introduction to Research course (LS 101)
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This 2-credit course provides an introduction to research by learning to identify, find, evaluate, incorporate, and cite appropriate sources using a range of research tools. This course is designed for an online class environment and was taught as such in Spring 2020. The course materials have been collaboratively developed by Tacoma Community College librarians, and uses a combination of openly licensed, open access, and library resources.

Subject:
Information Science
Education
Material Type:
Full Course
Author:
Tacoma Community College Library
Date Added:
08/06/2020
Journalism, 'Fake News' and Disinformation: A Handbook for Journalism Education and Training
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This new publication by UNESCO is a timely resource and highly topical subject for all those who practice or teach journalism in this Digital Age. UNESCO's new handbook is an essential addition to teaching syllabi for all journalism educators, as well as practising journalists and editors who are interested in information, how we share it and how we use it. It is mission critical that those who practice journalism understand and report on the new threats to trusted information. Political parties, health professionals, business people, scientists, election monitors and others will also find the handbook useful in navigating the information disorder. Written by experts in the fight against disinformation, this handbook explores the very nature of journalism - with modules on why trust matters; thinking critically about how digital technology and social platforms are conduits of the information disorder; fighting back against disinformation and misinformation through media and information literacy; fact-checking 101; social media verification and combating online abuse. The seven individual modules are available online to download that enables readers to develop their own course relevant to their media environment.
This handbook is also useful for the library and information science professionals, students, and LIS educators for understanding the different dimensions of fake news and disinformation.

Table of Contents
Module One | Truth, Trust and Journalism: Why it Matters | by Cherilyn Ireton
Module Two | Thinking about "Information Disorder": Formats of Misinformation, Disinformation and Mal-Information | by Claire Wardle & Hossein Derakshan
Module Three | News Industry Transformation: Digital Technology, Social Platforms and the Spread of Misinformation and Disinformation |by Julie Posetti
Module Four | Combatting Disinformation and Misinformation Through Media and Information Literacy (MIL) | by Magda Abu-Fadil
Module Five | Fact-Checking 101 | by Alexios Mantzarlis
Module Six | Social Media Verification: Assessing Sources and Visual Content | by Tom Trewinnard and Fergus Bell
Module Seven | Combatting Online Abuse: When Journalists and Their Sources are Targeted | by Julie Posetti

Additional Resources: https://en.unesco.org/fightfakenews

Subject:
Information Science
Business and Communication
Communication
Journalism
Management
Career and Technical Education
Education
Educational Technology
Higher Education
Material Type:
Full Course
Module
Textbook
Unit of Study
Provider:
UNESCO
Author:
Alexios Mantzarlis
Cherilyn Ireton
Claire Wardle
Fergus Bell
Hossein Derakshan
Julie Posetti
Magda Abu-Fadil
Tom Trewinnard
Date Added:
01/01/2018
Las FakeNews y la Posverdad
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En medios sociales como Facebook, Twitter e Instagram el contenido puede ser transmitido entre usuarios sin que los hechos que se difunden hayan sido verificados o sometidos al juicio de un equipo editorial*: un usuario individual, sin un historial o reputación en el tratamiento de un tema, puede, en algunos casos, llegar a tantos lectores como Fox News, CNN, o el New York Times, aunque puede darse el caso de que medios tradicionales como TV y Radio también difundan noticias falsas.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Author:
Marco Carlos Avalos Rosado (Traducción y adaptación)
Date Added:
10/23/2020
Let's Get Literate: All About Information Literacy
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An OER which highlights the importance of information literacy in this day and age of the fourth information revolution and shares some of the tips and tricks accumulated by a distance learner at the University of the Philippines Open University.

Outline of the Content:

1. Home
2. What is Information Literacy?
3. Information Literacy and Online Learning
4. Finding High-Quality Information Online
5. Wikipedia for Academics
6. Sharing Your Works Online
7. Recommended Resources
8. About the Author

Subject:
Information Science
Communication
Higher Education
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Module
Reading
Student Guide
Author:
Mickey Angel T. Cortez
Date Added:
11/08/2020
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Media Literacy: Real vs Fake News
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In this lesson, students will develop media literacy skills by analyzing and evaluating real versus fake news sources. Students learn how to identify various types of fakes news and apply critical thinking to evaluate if the information is reliable and unreliable.Image attribution: https://flic.kr/p/XKaGVH

Subject:
Literature
Reading Informational Text
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Jodie Morgenson
Date Added:
07/23/2020
News Literacy
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The digital age has created the need for a new kind of literacy-a literacy that empowers news consumers to determine whether information is credible, reliable and truthful. This is not just a skill; it is a new core competency for the 21st century. So-called “fake news” is hard to spot and spreads easily, leading to disagreements over basic facts. The antidote to the growing challenges posed by this digital revolution is news literacy. This mini news literacy course includes two three-hour sessions that will teach anyone to become a more critical consumer of news.

Subject:
Computer Science
Information Science
Journalism
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Provider:
City University of New York
Provider Set:
Hunter College
Author:
Sissel W. McCarthy
Date Added:
06/11/2019