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 my last blog, we explored activities to help students “frame the system” rather than game the system in order to think critically about the rules that should govern their digital lifestyles. Now I'd like to discuss an activity that helps students develop digital citizenship skills by imagining new technologies. The goal is for students to take charge of their futures by inventing it. Digital citizenship is often approached from a reactive perspective in response to unwanted behavior like cyberbullying or cyberstalking. In contrast, this activity approaches digital citizenship proactively, casting students in the roles of leaders and “imagineers.”
Mobile Computer Science Principles (Mobile CSP) offers an Advanced PlacementComputer Science Principles (AP CSP) curriculum for students in grades 9–12 to learn computer science by building socially useful mobile apps.