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Developing Digital Detectives: Essential Lessons for Discerning Fact from Fiction in the ‘Fake News’ Era

By Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgins

From the authors of the bestselling Fact vs. Fiction, this book offers easy-to-implement lessons to engage students in becoming media literacy “digital detec- tives,” looking for clues, questioning motives, uncov- ering patterns, developing theories and, ultimately, delivering a verdict.

The current news landscape is driven by clicks, with every social media influencer, trained and citizen jour- nalists chasing the same goal: a viral story. In this envi- ronment, where the race to be first on the scene with the most sensational story often overshadows the need for accuracy, traditional strategies for determining information credibility are no longer enough. Rather than simply helping students become savvy information consumers, today’s educators must provide learners with the skills to be digital detectives – information interrogators who are armed with a variety of tools for dissecting news stories and determining what’s real and what isn’t in our “post-truth world.”

This book:

  • Shares meaningful lessons that move beyond existing “fake news” protocols for determining information credibility.
  • Includes examples for presenting information to students so the strategies can be applied both in and outside of school.
  • Provides a sample scope and sequence, outlining
    the key skills needed by all students as they navigate today’s news landscape.
  • Unpacks the connection between social-emotional learning and information literacy.
  • Offers ideas for integrating technology to create learning opportunities for students that are relevant, meaningful and rich with real-world applications.

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

The advent of the 24-hour news cycle, citizen jour- nalism and an increased reliance on social media as a trusted news source have had a profound effect on how we evaluate sources of information, share that information and interact with others in online commu- nities. 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.

The book includes:

  • Instructional strategies for combating fake news, including models for evaluating news stories with links to resources on how to include lessons on fake news in your curricula.
  • Examples from prominent educators (elementary, secondary and higher ed) who demonstrate how to tackle fake news with students and colleagues.
  • A fake news self-assessment with a digital compo- nent to help readers evaluate their skills in detecting and managing fake news.
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