ISTE20Creative Constructor
Lab Virtual
Leadership Summit
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Understanding How to Avoid Fake News: Using Tech & Interpreting Propaganda

Location: W193a

Explore and create
Pre-registration required

Explore and create : BYOD

Tuesday, June 26, 10:45–11:45 am
Location: W193a

Cori Coburn-Shiflett  
Recognizing bias and propaganda in news stories and information resources is key to media literacy and digital citizenship. This session will demonstrate how to use technology to examine propaganda, so we can cultivate young critical thinkers who raise vital questions, gather and assess information for interpretation, and communicate effectively with others.

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: Digital citizenship
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Social studies, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Digital Citizenship
  • Model and promote strategies for achieving equitable access to digital tools and resources and technology-related best practices for all students and teachers.
For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Educational Challenge: A recent study by Stanford University found an overwhelming majority of students were not able to tell the difference between so-called fake news and real news. Part of the solution involves empowering educators to providing students with the media literacy skills they need to evaluate sources, including social media.

Purpose: To empower educators to facilitate conversations and technological activities with students that will help them recognize the ease and availability of "fake news", recognize bias and propaganda in researching news and information.

-Learn to recognize new forms of propaganda in everyday life
-Practice skills of interpretation and critical analysis
-Consider how context shapes the way messages are understood
-Reflect on diverse interpretations of media messages in ways that promote understanding of and respect for others’ perspectives
-Shift from passive receivers to critically engaged participants in global public discourse

Evidence of Success: Educators will demonstrate the ease of how creators of fake news disseminate information and leave with tools and activities that will better guide students in analyzing accurate sources of information.


This is a hands-on session.

I. Introduction
II Exploring the Vocabulary of Propaganda through Media
III. Digital Tools of Creation
IV. Resources for Debunking Fake News

Supporting research

ISTE 9 Lessons to Digital Literacy

How Media Literacy Can Help Students Discern Fake News

5 Ways Teachers are Fighting Fake News

More [+]


Cori Coburn-Shiflett, Georgetown ISD

Cori is a Digital Learning Coach for Blended Learning, connected STEAM educator, gamer, & giver of the Highest 5s. She served as the first Technology Coordinator for a 1:1 multi-million dollar 1:1 iPad implementation at a Title 1 school in southeast Texas before relocating to the Austin, TX area in 2014. Cori is a proud double alumna of Lamar University, where she earned her Master of Educational Technology Leadership degree. Besides presenting at numerous conferences, she has served as the ISTE 2017 Program Chair for BYOD . Cori especially looks forward to continuing her doctoral studies this year.

People also viewed

From Teacher-Led to Student-Owned: Personalizing Learning for All With UDL
Learner Profile, Backpack and Plan: Helping Discover the Purpose for Learning
STEM Mio: Digital Pathways for Latino Youth to Pursue STEM Career Futures