THE WORLD OF DIGITAL LITERACY AND FAKE NEWS!

Welcome to another week of my blog where we will be talking about ones digital literacy and what fakes news is. I have 3 articles that I will be mentioning throughout this post where I will connect to my thoughts to what is being said in the articles. So hope you all enjoy this blog post and lets get started.

Digital literacy is super important because it is about making sure what is true and what is false when it comes to the digital world. As the media has started to grow massively as the years go on it is important that we all educate ourselves. The term fake news has been very popular as it was a very common term that came of of Ex President Trumps mouth. Man does that feel good to say ex President Trump but I digress. In the article it discusses why people fall for fake news. An example of characteristics of fake news from the article describes.

Fake news as said above those are the characteristics in a sense it is used to grab someones attention. The more clicks the more money and the more attention that story gets the more attention that story receives. Fake news is all over the internet with the use of heavy worded headlines, pictures, and also misconstrued information. Fake news in my eyes is like the game telephone. Someone gets the actual truth and then somewhere around the middle and end that story takes a brutal turn. Lots of individuals refuse to listen rather then listen which makes it challenging to get the actual truthful stories attention. The internet is a harsh world but it can also bring lots of good. It is our job to bring the good out using digital literacy and educating ourselves what the truth is and what is not the truth. In the article, What’s News: Fake, False, Misleading, Clickbait, Satire, or Carefully Reported? There are six things to keep in mind in order to find out what is true or untrue with fakes news.

  1. Pay attention to the domain and URL
  2. Read the “About Us” section
  3. Look at the quotes in a story
  4. Look at who said them
  5. Check the comments
  6. Reverse image search

By doing those 6 things we can make sure to find the truth rather than something that can be misconstrued. It is hard though and it can be very challenging because lets be honest lots of people want information now opposed to researching or delving deeper into it. Why it is challenging for us older ones? It is because we were not taught in schools what digital literacy was. I know when I went to school the internet was slowly becoming bigger I just did not know it would blow up like this. I believe it is a good thing for us to make digital literacy and fake new research important in our classrooms. There are so many activities and learning goals you can meet by focusing on those targets. It can also be great for this next generation to understand the pros and the cons of the internet and how to be safe. You can use digital literacy and fakes news talks in many classes but one that comes to mind is health.

Health we can focus on mental health and how social media can help but how it can also be detrimental to someones health. We can talk about personal identity on the internet but the most important is cyber safety and how to be safe online. In the grade 9 health curriculum an outcome we can weave digital identity to is.

USC 9.7 Analyze tragic death
and suicide as distressing
community issues and
appraise what supports and
health promotions exist in
the community to address
these issues.

An activity you can do with a class is the game called telephone. I used that game as an example during this writing because it can be tied into fake news and digital identity. The rules of telephone are.

In the game, a message is given to the first person in a line of people and then they are instructed to pass the message on by whispering it in the ear of the next person in line. The message goes from person to person until it reaches the end of the line, and that person announces the message to the group

The learning goal here is to explain to the students how quickly a story can change and that is what happens with fake news. We can tie in mental health and how one headline can ruin someones mental health but using clickbait, photos, and misconstrued information. It is a good activity to have students gather that information by doing that for a class activity. It focuses on listening and attention to detail. It also focuses on the truth and the use of passing information around successfully. This is a game I recommend doing with your students as it can drive home the point of digital identity and fake news. In the article, Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News a part in the article I would like to share is.

Fake news, and the proliferation of raw opinion that passes for news, is creating confusion, punching holes in what is true, causing a kind of fun-house effect that leaves the reader doubting everything, including real news.

In closing digital identity and fake news awareness is very important and is something that us current and new teachers need to grow aware of and make ourselves knowledgeable about. By doing that we can have our newer students understand way sooner than when we are learning about it. In closing thank you so much for reading my blog and feel free to Tweet me @MrMSmith93 and I will see you all next week.

References

  1. https://libguides.tru.ca/fakenews/falling
  2. https://uminntilt.com/2017/02/20/news-fake-false-misleading-clickbait-satire-or-carefully-reported/
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/19/learning/lesson-plans/evaluating-sources-in-a-post-truth-world-ideas-for-teaching-and-learning-about-fake-news.html?_r=0

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