Fighting the Fake with Britannica Learn

This fall, Britannica is tackling media literacy with a series of blog posts, webinars, and other resources that are perfect for school librarians. I am very excited to partner with them on several of the blog posts and the October 15th webinar!

Each Monday during October, a new post will be added to the Britannica Learn Blog with resources and lesson ideas for addressing the topic of Fake News with students:
Oct 1 – Fight the Fake: Get the what-why-and-how resource list
Oct 8 – Fight the Fake: Fuel discussions with YouTube
Oct 15 – Fight the Fake: Measure how your source stacks up
Oct 22 – Fight the Fake: Send students on a GooseChase
Oct 29 – Fight the Fake: Get ready for Media Literacy Week

Click here to register for the free EdWeb Webinar: Fight Fake News: Media Literacy for Students
October 15, 2018 at 3PM CST

Please check out these resources as they are shared each week, and I hope to see you at the webinar on October 15th!

How do you address media literacy with your students? What are your favorite resources to fight the fake?

3 thoughts on “Fighting the Fake with Britannica Learn

  1. Hi Tiffany,
    Thank you for providing these resources. I believe that this is one of the most pressing educational issues of our time. Over the weekend, my friend’s 14 year old daughter was sitting with us and eating dinner. We were talking about weird conspiracy theories and we were talking about how some people believe that the earth is flat and how the internet has given flat-earthers a new platform to expand their network. Out of the blue my friend’s kid says, “I can see how they’d be right.” We were all a bit surprised and asked her what she meant. She said that there was “proof” on both sides and she wondered if the earth was actually flat. I won’t go into how the conversation went from there, but let’s just say we’ll be checking in with her a lot more and making sure she knows how to think critically while online. She’s a smart kid, but kids have never been great at deciphering what’s true and what isn’t (ahem, Santa…). I’m genuinely worried that the dissemination of false information is going to effect society in much bigger ways than we originally predicted. So, I thank you for spearheading projects like these and I really hope they catch on in schools. I still only see this type of curriculum here and there, but I am starting to notice that the kids ask “is that real?” more and more when teachers are teaching long known facts about the world. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Wow, what great resources and perfect timing too. Thanks for sharing. Informative, manageable and on topic information! As a new teacher librarian I think I have struck gold with discovering your site.

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