Showing posts with label fact checking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fact checking. Show all posts

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Facts v. Opinions - A New Common Craft Lesson

Now more than ever our students are getting bombarded with information and opinions in all forms of media. Therefore, it's more important than ever that we help them recognize the differences between facts and opinions. Common Craft recently released a new video that can help students understand the differences between facts and opinions.

Facts and Opinions Explained by Common Craft uses examples of print journalists and television commentators ti help viewers understand why it is important to fact-check when they hear or read something that is presented as fact.


More resources on facts and opinions:

Factitious is a game for testing your skill at identifying fake and misleading news stories. The game was recently updated to include content related to the COVID-19 pandemic. To play Factitious simply go to the site and select quick start. You'll then see an article appear on the screen. Read through the article, click the source listed at the bottom, and then select either the green check mark or red X to indicate whether or not you think the article is a real news story. After you make your selection you'll get instant feedback and an explanation of how you can tell if the article was a real or fake news story.

Checkology is a service that is designed to help students develop those skills. Checkology offers interactive modules for students to complete. Each of the modules is comprised of between twenty and forty-seven instructional video clips and interactive comprehension checks. The four of the modules are titled Info Zones, Democracy's Watchdog, Practicing Quality Journalism, and Misinformation. As you might expect, the contents of the modules gets progressively more difficult as each section is completed.

Disclosure: I have a long-standing, in-kind relationship with Common Craft. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Try Knoema's World Data Finder to Fact-check Articles

Knoema is a service that offers a huge collection of data sets and maps for public use. Recently, Knoema introduced a Chrome extension called World Data Finder. World Data Finder will correlate information from Knoema's data sets and maps to articles that you read online. Here's how it works; when you're reading a news article, reference page, or opinion piece a World Data Finder icon will appear in your browser's address bar. When the World Data Finder icon appears, click it to open data sets, charts, and similar related reference sources. The screenshot below illustrates what the World Data Finder Chrome extension looks like in action.

Applications for Education
Knoema's World Data Finder Chrome extension could be a handy tool for students to use to fact-check articles and or to learn more about the information they're seeing in an article.

Monday, February 7, 2011

CBS Fast Draw Video - The Truth About Lies

Why do people believe the things they do? What makes lies believable? And what are the consequences of those lies? The CBS Fast Draw team has the answers to those questions and more in the video below.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for a quick resource to show students why fact-checking is important, take a look at this video. Before showing the video ask students if they think the sun revolves around the Earth or if shark attacks are the summer's leading cause of death. Then ask them why they think those things are true or not.