Fake News? Help Your Students Figure Out the Truth Online

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Eileen Lennon  
Students need some guidelines on how to discern the truth versus the lies that are online. Teachers will walk away with a full lesson plan that includes free online resources to help students understand the difference between facts, opinions and informed opinions.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Mac, PC, Chromebook
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: A google account to make a copy of the presentation.
Any device with internet access would be useful.
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: 6-8
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will decide which online resources to use with their students to address prior knowledge.
Participants will be introduced to tools that help students decipher real and fake news.
Participants will choose which assessments they prefer to check for their student's understanding.


From leaving a comment on an online discussion board to testing their knowledge of real and fake news, participants are fully engaged in online activities throughout the presentation. They can take an individual quiz or participate in a group Kahoot session. They will watch videos from a variety of resources that will further their knowledge of how to identify reliable online sources.

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Eileen Lennon, Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School 74