A Washington, DC–based organization, the News Literacy Project (NLP) has devised an infographic to help teachers (and any news consumer) wondering how best to approach misinformation in the news and separate fact from conspiracy theory. “Ten Questions for Fake News Detection” helps teachers and students comb through an article to find telltale signs of falsehood. Caps lock and excessive punctuation are on the list of likely red flags. However, skepticism is only half the battle when evaluating news sources. The worksheet’s first question asks the reader to gauge his or her emotional reaction to an article.
In order to be good digital citizens, students must cultivate a filter through which they view their digital lives and understand online communication. To help students build that filter, we must support them in developing a multifaceted awareness consisting of a number characteristics. Here are three of the most important:
RobotLAB has launched Engage! K12, a platform that provides robot-based lessons for a range of subjects and age levels. Engage! K12’s interactive and hands-on learningexperiences are organized by high-interest topics, such as soccer-playing robots or autonomous cars.
In celebration of Internet Safety Month, Google has released a classroom curriculum and computer game to teach children in grades 3–5 about online safety and security. The program, called Be Internet Awesome, is part of Google’s effort to instill youth with digital savvy and to encourage them to be good internet citizens.