The advent of the 24-hour news cycle, citizen journalism
and an increased reliance on social media as a trusted news source have had a
profound effect not only on how we get our news, but also on how we evaluate sources
of information, share that information and interact with others in online communities. When these issues
are coupled with the “fake news” industry that intentionally spreads false stories designed to go viral,
educators are left facing a new and challenging landscape. This book
will help them address these new realities, providing educators with tools and resources
to help students discern fact from fiction in the information they
access not only at school, but on the devices they carry in their
pockets and backpacks.
The book includes:
- Instructional strategies for combating fake news,
including models for evaluating news stories with links to resources on how to
include lessons on fake news in your curricula.
- Examples from prominent educators (elementary,
secondary and higher ed) who demonstrate how to tackle fake news with students
- A fake news self-assessment with a digital component
to help readers evaluate their skills in detecting and managing fake news.
- A downloadable infographic with mobile media literacy tips, available here.
The companion jump start guide based on this book is
Fake News: Tools and Strategies for Teaching Media Literacy
About the Authors
Jennifer LaGarde has served as a classroom teacher, teacher
librarian, digital teaching and learning specialist, and consultant for the
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Friday Institute for
Instructional Innovation. She currently works with educators and school and
district-level leaders worldwide to develop innovative instructional practices.
LaGarde’s work has been recognized by School Library Journal, The New York Times
and The Carnegie Corporation. She holds a master’s degree in library science
from Appalachian State University and National Board Certification in school
Darren Hudgins is a former secondary social studies and
career tech education (CTE) teacher, staff developer and coach, and is now
director of instructional technology at the Organization for Educational
Technology and Curriculum (OETC). In addition to his professional development
responsibilities, Hudgins is the OETC events lead for several boutique events
including IntegratED Portland | AcceleratED Portland, SPARK and Leading Schools.
Hudgins holds an M.Ed. along with dual bachelor's degrees in human development
and social sciences.