W146$ | Developing Healthy Skeptics and Fact-Checkers in the Digital Age of Misinformation

  • Room: 244-245
  • Session Number: W146$
Tuesday, January 14, 2020: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Lead Presenter
Shaelynn Farnsworth
Literacy Consultant
Steven Anderson
Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist


With ubiquitous access to information, why is it that we still have people who believe that the Earth is flat, 9/11 never happened, and vaccinations cause autism? Technology provides users with unprecedented amounts of information at the click of a button. From primary sources to catching up on the hottest celebrity gossip, readers are inundated with endless search results that are filled with truths, half-truths, fake news, bias, fallacies, and fictitious websites. To be literate in this information age, it is imperative educators develop healthy skepticism within their students. Teach students how to think, not what to think; by providing them with opportunities, strategies, and tools to hone skills to analyze, evaluate, and debunk the misinformation that they encounter daily. Join us as we discuss the changing definition of literacy and how all educators can support students in honing skills necessary for their working, civic, and personal lives. BYOD.


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