It is amazing how news and information can spread in the world today! Online platforms are able to get news out in a matter of seconds. A problem with the news travelling to people so fast and online is some of the news isn’t real news, but people believe it is. Any person can put something online and people will think it is true if they don’t know how to tell what is real. Honestly in high school I was particularly oblivious to this issue. I would simply type in what I was looking for on Google and click on one of the top links that came up. I did know that some things on the internet were not true, but I never got told how to clarify if something was real or fake. I still am not an expert in this area. I did this quiz and did not get them all correct! I would encourage you to do this quiz and see if you get them correct!
I watched this video that wraps up digital literacy very well. It suggested a tip that I thought was interesting, is a good idea to only check the news on your phone a couple times a day not too often. It also suggests that only 25% of students could identify if a new story was fake are real. I think if we looked at our population there would be a very low percentage of all people who would be able to do identify the differences. This is a serious problem because most people get their news and information of the internet into society.
The 5 C’s of Critical Consuming
I think it is important to educate students about digital literacy. If we teach our students how to do all of these things when looking for information it will allow them to think critically in other areas. Critical thinking has many benefits to people throughout their whole life! Young children should know that not everything they see and find online is true. If they start to believe everything is true it will be hard for the to shift their mindset later in life. When teaching students about fake news with critical thinking it is important to have discussion. There is also that lesson that looks like it would be a great learning experience for students. For teacher older students about digital literacy this is a great document! It is filled with some excellent information that could be read and discussed together in class as well!