Fake it till you make it.

After reading this article Evaluating sources in a “post-truth” world: Ideas for teaching and learning about fake news,’ I came away with a few quick tips to share with my teacher colleagues.

  1. Loved this Fake News poster provided by ONTHEMEDIA.ORG (which is a great website for thought-provoking investigative stories).

2. I also appreciate this easy lesson on Fake news:

Students can find a rumour or news article they’ve read and present the real facts to the class.  They can become familiar with using sites such as:




Students can also learn to check the authenticity of images, by teaching them to reverse-Google them to find their origins.

The question posed to me:

What might be some different elements of being “fully” literate?

Living a fulfilled life, coping with the complexities of society and being engaged as a citizen requires a lot more work than simply being able to read and write – there are many elements to being fully literate in the 21st century.  There is also a range of formats and platforms (oral, print, visual, digital) and as technologies integrate – critical thinking, the ability to question, challenge, see perspectives and articulate ideas become overwhelming, yet critical in how we see the world.

On my personal FaceBook account, there are fake news stories and photos being shared more than ever before. I think it’s extremely important for teachers to be role modelling these fact-checking practices in front of their students/own children AND doing due diligence by telling someone what they’ve posted isn’t correct.

I also think it’s important to share one’s perspective but I also think it’s important to show how those thoughts and ideas can change over time through investigation and research.

Being full literate will take time… but

the world is changing so quickly – can we keep up?


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2 thoughts on “Fake it till you make it.

  1. “the world is changing so quickly – can we keep up?”

    Indeed, the big question isn’t it. Media producers are already able to produce content that, in many ways is indistinguishable from genuine news. (especially design) I really do wonder, as we try to get ahead of this, where will fake news go next?

    This entire ordeal with Facebook may be giving us a partial answer to that, and I’m not sure I want to know the answer…


  2. I know I am guilty of falling for a fake news story! I think we all are if we are honest with ourselves. Like Joe said, content managers are getting better and better at this, and so it’s getting scarier and scarier. I haven’t searched myself, but is anyone aware of there is any repercussions or legislation around being caught purposefully spreading fake news?!


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