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Abraham Lincoln Was a Woman and Other Fake News

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 113A

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Chief Academic Innovation Officer
Elite Academic Academy
Dr. Laura Spencer is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. She has served as a classroom teacher, an Ed Tech director, and a school district administrator focused on applying design thinking principles to achieve transformational change. Her current role as Chief Academic Innovation Officer integrates all of those experiences, as she develops engaging online learning tools and curriculum for virtual students in grades 6-12. She also teaches edtech and teaching methods at local universities and consults as a Designer-in-Residence for UCSD’s Design Lab.
Coordinator, Teacher Effectiveness
San Diego County Office of Education
Adina Sullivan-Marlow is a teacher effectiveness and preparation coordinator for the San Diego County Office of Education, a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, and a Leading Edge Certification Instructor. In her work, she has the opportunity to co-lead a strategic plan to diversify the educator workforce. She is also the founder and former president of the nonprofit EquityEDU. With a focus on student needs, teacher goals and equity/accessibility, Sullivan-Marlow presents for K-12 district teachers as well as at local, regional and national conferences, including the CUE conference and ISTE Annual Conference & Expo.

Session description

To prepare our students to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens, we need to help them recognize real information. After we understand the biases that get in the way of a common view of facts, we'll practice strategies to locate and analyze information before using those skills to develop classroom lessons.

Purpose & objective

According to the National Association for Media Literacy Education, media
literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act using all
forms of communication. Media literacy means anything from interpreting
emojis to understanding underlying messages in online advertisements to
producing viral video content and recognizing native advertising. With so
many often politically-motivated bots, fake news postings, and data breaches, it’s more important than ever that students (and adults!) critically analyze

But this doesn’t have to mean boring lectures on using .edu websites, or
looking for the author name on a webpage. It’s about digging deep into
the logic of how the internet has shaped our perception of information, and
how we can combat the algorithms that try to box us into one experience.
In this session, participants will understand how media messages shape
our culture and society, and be able to advocate for the inclusion of
comprehensive media literacy at all grade levels. They will also have a
better understanding of the options, strategies, and available resources for
searching for analyzing the credibility of news and other media. With this
information, participants will develop lessons in authentic contexts to meet
the needs of their students.

We have used this content in a K-12 district with positive ratings and
additional teachers requesting to participate in future sessions.

In addition, this session was previously presented at regional and state-
wide conferences to very positive reviews. We continue to receive positive

comments about the quality and applicability of the content.

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Presentation Outline:

(10 min) Introduction and context including the Stanford Study about lack
of media literacy amongst students
(20 min) Understanding bias and current skill level related to information
analysis: Participants will evaluate themselves using one or more online
(15 min) How Do We Find the Truth: After learning more about how search
algorithms work, participants will explore and practice strategies for
effective searching, as well as the use of Wikipedia as a search engine.
(20 min) Participants will learn and practice strategies for analysis of online
information in text, graphic, and video form.
(15 min) Putting it All Together: Participants will remixing lesson designs to
incorporate media literacy elements
(10 min) Share and closing

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Session specifications

Digital citizenship
Skill level:
Library media specialists, Coaches, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
Digital Citizen Advocate
  • Support educators and students to critically examine the sources of online media and identify underlying assumptions.
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.