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Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Sunday, June 23, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: Terrace Ballroom II/III, Level 4 (near Posters)

Darren Hudgins  
Determining fact from fiction is not getting any easier. Join this talk to explore the current state of misinformation aka 'fake news" and how students are accessing information on their devices in school and out. Finally, leave with resources to help you and your students discern fact from fiction

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists
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
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Digital Citizenship
  • Promote, model and establish policies for safe, legal and ethical use of digital information and technology.
  • Model and facilitate the development of a shared cultural understanding and involvement in global issues through the use of contemporary communication and collaboration tools.
For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Use digital communication and collaboration tools to communicate locally and globally with students, parents, peers and the larger community.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Strengthening Your Core (Principles) principles when it comes to misinformation aka Fake news
Fake news affects our ability to empathize with others and to consider that points of view that contradict our own might also be valid. This attack on empathy is at the heart of what makes fake news so insidious and, as such, must also be at the heart of how we approach media literacy with our students. Come prepared to 1) look at your own biases, 2) think about technology as a set of tools for building empathy, 3) arm students with language that allows them to challenge ideas but does not attack people, 4) model positive behavior in your own digital and analog interactions, 5) give students the chance to reflect.


Our hour together will be a four part talk:
What is the state of fake news past?
What is the state of fake news present?
How are educators and students impacted by past and present misinformation?
What can we do about it together?

Supporting research

We have several pages of research and citation here -

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Darren Hudgins, Think Do Thrive LLC

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