Thursday, February 9, 2017

Combatting Fake News

How do we combat the onslaught of news these days? 

In addition to filtering the news items, how do we evaluate the news to know if it's true before we hit the share button? Information analysis is an integral part of the District 220 Library/Information Literacy Curriculum. Students are taught the basic elements of evaluation:

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  • Authority: Who is the author of the information? What are their qualifications?
  • Purpose: What is the purpose of the information? What's the message?
  • Objectivity: Is the information biased? Is there conflict of interest?
  • Accuracy: Is the information accurate? Has it appeared elsewhere? Can it be triangulated, found in 3 different unrelated sources?
  • Current: Is this information current? Or, is this old information being recirculated? Have you looked at the data embedded in the document, image, or video to find the author, date of origin?
This critical skill is developed throughout our students' education beginning in elementary and carrying through high school. If a talking point arises in your classroom and you'd like to embed Information Literacy lesson, please talk with your Library Information Teacher. They'll be happy to help with this teachable moment.

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