How to fight fake news

Here are some media-literacy strategies to help students be mindful about authenticity online

The key isn’t for students to just memorize the terms or the steps but to encourage them to be mindful about what they find online.

“There is bias everywhere,” said Whitehead. “I feel like we have reached the point where teaching our students to try and find articles that don’t have bias is very, very challenging. We need to take the approach of helping them learn how to identify bias and sift bias and fact from each other and look for information and sources on the same topic from different places…Instead of teaching our students to always trust a source, we need to teach them to always read critically, look for bias, and fact check.”

About the Presenter
Tiffany Whitehead, aka the Mighty Little Librarian, is an obsessive reader, social media user, and technology geek. She is the director of library at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Whitehead has served as the president for ISTE’s Librarians Network and was recognized as one of ISTE’s 2014 Emerging Leaders. She is National Board Certified in Library Media and was named one of the 2014 Library Journal Movers & Shakers. She was the 2016 recipient of the Louisiana Library Media Specialist Award. She frequently speaks at local, state, and national conferences, sharing her passion for libraries and educational technology.

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