Are you ready to be AMAZED? Click here to listen to our Podcast. Go ahead. Click right now. Be sure you listen all the way to the end. You WON’T BELIEVE what happens! We’ll have juggling cats, cute hedgehogs, and some of the most amazing photos of  great white sharks jumping out of the water to bite a helicopter. What? You haven’t clicked yet?  What if I told you today on the podcast we are going to discuss Clickbait, Fake News, and how we as teachers can prepare our students for a world where truth is as elusive as a polar bear in a snowstorm. (We might have photos of that too!)

Lessons Learned

Dennis – Hyperduino to the rescue!  http://hyperduino.com/

Daniel – iOS 11 update – ruined my morning.  Remember to schedule those for the evening or when you don’t need your phone.  It took me about 1 ½ hours to get back up and running after all the updates to the apps.

Fun Fact

Mango is the second most eaten food in the world….or is it!  

I could not find two credible sources to verify it.  I found multiple sources that could verify the following:

Mangoes were first found in the India, Myanmar, Bangladesh region

In 2013 India produced 41% of the world’s mango (18 out of a total 45 million tonnes.)

Notes & Links

Technology makes it even MORE difficult to spot a fake.

https://www.facebook.com/verge/videos/1569064539796550/

For a more “in-depth” look into how technology can “fake us out” check out this RadioLab podcast: http://www.radiolab.org/story/breaking-news/

CommonSense.org – Fact Checking the Web – Mostly political fact checking resource https://www.commonsense.org/education/blog/help-students-fact-check-the-web-like-the-pros

Clickbait! (You won’t BELIEVE what happens next…)

https://youtu.be/ZwL4heIrgVA

Misleading Headlines – A post written by Jon Orr at Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High in Las Vegas.  https://medium.com/@jorrflv/an-important-announcement-about-professional-development-1563d7f9e9e3

ACTION ITEMS – Steps to help train our students to spot fake news, and not be fooled by clickbait.  Great poster for Elementary and Middle School Aged students in the show notes.  The following items come from theNewsliteracyproject.org

  1. Teach students to identify different “Info Zones” (news, opinion, entertainment, advertising, publicity, propaganda and raw information)
  2. Help students understand the major factors that drive news judgment — how important, interesting, unique and timely an event or issue is.

https://checkology.org/ – the checkology platform help students learn how to navigate the challenging information landscape by mastering the skills of news literacy (promo video). The virtual classroom’s 12 core lessons help educators equip their students with the tools to evaluate and interpret the news and learn how to determine what news and information to trust, share and act on.

Their 12 lesson premium feature is free at the time of this podcast.

For Teachers – The News Literacy Project had developed an affordable professional development series of three online workshops that will help you become news literacy leaders in the classroom.  $25 USD for all 3 -hour long courses.