Fact v Fiction: Showdown!

What's the problem?

Most folks today are suffering from "information overload"! The "fake news" epidemic is everywhere, and studies show that both students AND adults can't tell the difference between fact and fiction.


Librarians and teachers all over the country are coming up with ways to train students to be smarter about believing what they see online. At Stanford University, the Stanford History Education Group has completed a study that evaluates how well students understand online sites. While the study's results are grim, we do have ways to help!


Take a look at the study HERE and the companion lessons HERE, and continue reading for ideas to solve the problem.

"To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information"

(American Library Association, 1989)
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So what can we do?

Try these news literacy lessons!
https://youtu.be/q-Y-z6HmRgI
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Can YOU spot the fake news?

This is a great game that will test your deductive skills! Check it out HERE!
https://youtu.be/AkwWcHekMdo

Packaged curriculum resources

Lesson plans from Common Sense Media, The Newseum, & The News Literacy Project.

Why is this all important?

Well, educational standards, for one thing! There are a few below that relate especially to technology and media literacy.

Alaska Standards

Alaska ELA & Math Standards, 2012

Introduction, p.4-5:


Students who are college and career ready…

Demonstrate independence.

Build strong content knowledge.

Value evidence.

Use technology and digital media strategically and capably.


Use technology and digital media strategically and capably.


"Students employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use. They tailor their searches online to acquire useful information efficiently, and they integrate what they learn using technology with what they learn offline. They are familiar with the strengths and limitations of various technological tools and media and can select and use those best suited to their communication goals."

About me:

I am a school librarian in SE Alaska. I am interested in digital literacy & YA lit.