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Students Won’t Stop Fact-Checking Me: Teach Kids To Read News Critically

Location: W196c

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Listen and learn : Panel

Monday, June 25, 8:30–9:30 am
Location: W196c

Scott Bedley   Vicki Davis   Amanda Dykes   Bill Selak  
It’s more important than ever to teach kids how to read news critically. We'll cover strategies for evaluating online resources and discuss media fluency to make sure students know which sources to trust and which to reject. We’ll also address fake articles, fake photos and fake videos.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Communication and collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Collaborate with teachers and administrators to select and evaluate digital tools and resources that enhance teaching and learning and are compatible with the school technology infrastructure.
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and facilitate safe, healthy, legal and ethical uses of digital information and technologies.
For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In today’s world we are being bombarded with news, information, and opinions 24/7. While in the past schools have fought hard to bring literacy to all students, there is a new piece that has been neglected since the end of WWII but needs to be revisited, being able to distinguish between facts and propaganda. Participants will hear from a panel of educators about these digital literacy skills students today need to have before leaving our classrooms. The panel will share ideas for lessons to help students practice thinking critically and how to distinguish between bias and reliable new sources.


1 Introductions (5 min)

2 Evaluate digital tools (10 min)
Panelists will share favorite digital tools for curating and evaluating digital content.

3 Resources that enhance teaching and learning (10 min)
Panelists will share lessons, tools, and sites for teaching media literacy.

4 Fake news! (20 min)
How to design authentic learning activities to address fake news.

5 Learning culture (5 min)
How to support students as they critically examine online resources

6 Q&A (10 min)

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Scott Bedley, Eastwood Elementary

Scott Bedley - 5th grade teacher, husband, dad, author, keynote speaker, trainer, a little Punk Rock, mystery “Skyper,” foodie, founding member of Skype's Master Teachers, creator of Technology Applied Science Fair, founding member of Global School Play Day, OC TOY, CA TOY Finalist, & OC CUE Outstanding Educator. TEDx Bratislava Speaker. Scott's teaching practices have been featured by major media such as The Wall Street Journal, O Magazine and more. Co-host The BedleyBros EdChat Podcast. On Twitter: @bedleybros @scotteach @GSPlayDay &

Vicki Davis, Cool Cat Teacher Blog

Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher is a full-time classroom teacher in Georgia, blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher Blog, and hosts the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast. Recently named the top female #edtech influencer on Twitter, Vicki has worked with global collaborative projects since 2006, winning ISTE’s Online Learning award for the co-creation of the Flat Classroom Project. Since that time, Vicki has co-created more than 30 global collaborative projects, most recently, MAD about Mattering, a global collaborative app development project. Vicki loves reaching every child and helping them find their strengths and helping teachers be remarkable.

Amanda Dykes, Alabama State Department of Education
Bill Selak, Hillbrook School

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