Help! I am illiterate in fake news…

I think I get the majority of my information from colleges and friends. We will have discussions about news stories, or send each other news links, but other than that, I get my news from social media. It’s not a “better” social media site like Twitter; it is usually Facebook or Instagram. I tried to replace it with different news apps, but quickly found myself not using them. The only excuse I have is laziness.


All day I take information in. I know that I am constantly processing something whether it be planning an event, thinking about a new assignment, evaluating the credibility of my student’s work or the numerous social media pages I look at. Although this information is going into my brain, and I am thinking about it, I do not know how much I am processing or understanding.


When I think about my  personal strategies for analyzing and validating information (e.g. fake news or other information)… I can’t think of one! I rely on myself and my hunches, which is not good! Last week, when we spoke about fake news being emotional, I thought about how I would totally read those types of stories. I always question whether or not they are real depending on the grammar, and the appearance of the article or website, but I don’t really go beyond this. The only defense I have is that I try not to share something if I don’t know if it is true. I don’t want to spread misinformation and I do not want to offend anyone.

I know that this is an important topic for my students. I know they are flooded with fake news daily. I know that if I don’t teach them, no one will. I was appreciative that in class there were many sites shared that could help me determine whether something was fake like, and


I feel like this topic is something that I need to include into my major project. It wasn’t something I originally planned,  but media literacy is very important. In today’s world, being critical of media is even more important. I am actually excited about planning this resource. I feel like it is something that is useful for my students, and I can make it relevant to their interests in auto.

I don’t have a lot of insight for you guy this week. I do not have any strategies and it is definitely something I need to work on. I guess the question I have left for myself this week is: If I don’t have any strategies to determine whether something is credible, how can my students? 





3 thoughts on “Help! I am illiterate in fake news…

  1. I think sometimes we don’t give our ‘hunches’ enough credit! Sometimes when those spidey senses go off indicating that something might not be true, we might do well to pay attention to that feeling. After reading your post I think you have more strategies than you realize. Being able to stop and question whether something is true/not true and deciding not to post it because you aren’t sure is a strategy in and of itself!


  2. Amy, I feel like I am in the same boat as you. I get my news from social media…usually Twitter, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t skim the headlines that come up in my FaceBook newsfeed. I too rely on my hunches about whether the news is fake or not simply because I don’t have the time or won’t make the time to fact check. However, I also don’t share information or news online because I don’t want to share something if I don’t know for a fact that it is true. I felt that this weeks class was a good reminder that we as teachers have to help our students learn to decipher fake news from the real news as they are living in a world that is filled with fake news, a very different world from what I grew up in…or so I feel.


  3. You did mention some tools you use! Checking spelling, grammar, the looks of the site itself. Unfortunately, as you know, our students aren’t the best at spelling… let alone checking someone else’s…

    As for news, when I drive to work I listen to CBC for the 10 minutes… sometimes it feels like homework… but it’s a quick way to insert some news in your day!


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