Creative Constructor
Lab Virtual
Leadership Exchange
at ISTELive 21
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Win the War on Fake News, One Classroom at a Time

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Karen Kelsall-Lagola  
Explore how apps in the G Suite can build critical thinking skills, identify statistical trends and build awareness while students create fake news to better understand it. Engage in cross-curricular lessons that focus on building critical thinking skills in all grade levels.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Coaches
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Contribute to the development, communication and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive use of technology to support a digital age education for all students.
For Educators:
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to use implement and design lessons using different Google Apps to promote critical thinking.
Participants will understand how fake news and conspiracy theories are developed
Participants will be promote student discussions on the topic in all content areas
Participants will be able to connect all content areas to critical thinking skills


5 minutes- Who's in the room? Group activity
5 minutes-Kahoot- Introduction to topic
10 minutes - background on topic
connection to classrooms
10 minutes -Google trends-statics/trends
10 minutes-Search auto fill/ trends
10 minutes Draw real vs fake activity
5 minutes Q & A

Supporting research

This session is roughly based on Finland's approach to teaching critical thinking.

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