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Monday, December 3 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Using Technology Tools to Teach Students to Identify, Challenge, and Combat Fake News

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Fake news has been described as a poison that is injected in small doses that undermines the very fundamentals of a democratic society. The most durable solution is to combat the influence of fake news is to educate students how to understand what is fake.
In the session fake news will be defined and attendees will be introduced to fact checking websites recommended by ISTE and other sources like the Poynter Institute. Websites with downloadable posters, checklists, fact-checking lesson plan sources, and videos from Stanford, KQED and Common Sense Education will be recommended. Attendees will receive access to sources stored online in a Portaportal “Fake News” portal. They will learn to use Google to do reverse image searches to verify image sources and receive preformatted Google fact-finding and fake news evaluation queries. Finally, since nearly two-thirds of students get their news through technology platforms like smartphones, the role of social media will be reviewed.


Paul Barron

Adjunct Instructor (Civil Engineering Dept.), Virginia Military Institute
Retired Director of Library Archives George C. Marshall Foundation.Teach introduction to online research in the civil engineering depart at VMI.

Monday December 3, 2018 9:45am - 10:45am EST