Authentication Beyond the Classroom

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In an age of fake news, alternative facts, and Internet trolls it is essential that 21st Century learners develop the skills they need to authenticate the facts in viral news. Here is a great way to begin with a resource that provides class members with a New 5 Ws worksheet (When, hoW, What, Why, Who) and a Viral News Fact-Check handout they can use to authenticate photos or news stories. A must-have resource.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • The key concepts in all Media Smarts resources are Media are constructions, and Media have social and political implications; conclude the lesson by showing the two included videos about these concepts
Classroom Considerations
  • Caitlin Dewey has discontinued her Washington Post column What was Fake on the Internet this Week; read the included article to hear her rationale
  • Users must create an account with the Washington Post to view the article
  • Requires considerable prep time to locate and curate materials ahead of time
  • The 71-page resource includes the plan, worksheets, links to all required materials, a project rubric, and photos
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