Fact Vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News

Fact Vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News

by Jennifer LaGarde, Darren Hudgins


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The advent of the 24-hour news cycle, citizen journalism and an increased reliance on social media as a trusted news source have had a profound effect not only on how we get our news, but also on how we evaluate sources of information, share that information and interact with others in online communities. When these issues are coupled with the “fake news” industry that intentionally spreads false stories designed to go viral, educators are left facing a new and challenging landscape. This book will help them address these new realities.

Fact vs. Fiction provides educators with tools and resources to help students discern fact from fiction in the information they access not only at school, but on the devices they carry in their pockets and backpacks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781564847041
Publisher: International Society for Technology in Education
Publication date: 12/19/2018
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 138,676
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jennifer LaGardehas served as a classroom teacher, teacher librarian, digital teaching and learning specialist, and consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Friday Institute for Instructional Innovation. She currently works with educators and school and district-level leaders worldwide to develop innovative instructional practices. LaGarde’s work has been recognized by School Library Journal, The New York Times and The Carnegie Corporation. She holds a master’s degree in library science from Appalachian State University and National Board Certification in school library media.

Darren Hudginsis a former secondary social studies and career tech education (CTE) teacher, staff developer and coach, and is now director of instructional technology at the Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum (OETC). In addition to his professional development responsibilities, Hudgins is the OETC events lead for several boutique events including IntegratED Portland | AcceleratED Portland, SPARK and Leading Schools. Hudgins holds an M.Ed. along with dual bachelor's degrees in human development and social sciences.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

The Race to Be First 2

The Earthquake and Aftershock 3

Why Does This Matter? 6

Chapter 1 Facts Are So 2015: Why This Book? Why Now? 9

Nothing You Can Say Will Convince Me Otherwise 11

Where Do Educators Fit in a Post-Truth World? 14

Chapter 2 Fake News: The Great Human Tradition 17

Following Franklin's Lead 18

The Tradition Continues 20

The Psychology Behind Fake News 21

The Frontlines: Teaching Media Literacy 23

Striking While the Iron Is Hot 26

Chapter 3 Fake News in an Exponential World 29

All the News That's Fit to Post: A New Media Landscape 29

A Buffet of Options: Helping Students Choose? 34

A Call to Accuracy 37

Fake News Fatigue 41

Implications for Schools 42

Whose Responsibility Is It? 45

Great Challenges Require Great Solutions 46

Chapter 4 Our Brains on Fake News 49

Fake Facts, Real Consequences 51

Fake News Strategies, Bias, and Empathy 53

Strengthening Your Core (Principles) 56

There Will Still Be Trolls 60

Don't Feed Fake News, Either 61

Chapter 5 Fake News Self-Assessment 63

Mobile Matters 63

Fake News Self-Assessment 64

Answers: Fake News Self-Assessment 72

So … How Did You Do? 75

Chapter 6 All is Not Lost! Resources for Combatting Fake News 79

It's Complicated, but Not Impossible 80

Frameworks and Tips for Determining Credibility 82

Sample Lesson Plans 87

Fact-Checking Tools and Other Useful Resources 91

The Notification Generation 99

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Your Teacher-Librarian! 106

Chapter 7 Voices from the Field 111

The Answer Is in the Lily Pads 111

Arika Dickens: Librarian, London, England 113

Len Bryan: Library Technical Systems Manager, Denver, Colorado 117

Bill Ferriter: Teacher, Apex, North Carolina 119

On the Front Lines 121

Chapter 8 Critical Thinking Now More Than Ever 125

Educators: Kryptonite to Fake News 126

Let's Do This! 130

References 133

Index 141

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