How to select information sources and avoid fake news
This didactic sequence was designed for a private highschool of Buenos Aires City (Argentina) with a high socioeconomic status, whose students could use devices with Internet access both at home and at the school.
Sources of information
Quality of sources
Consequences of disinformation
Let’s make a list of reliable sources!
-What was considered relevant at the moment of selecting reliable sources?
-What made you dismiss certain sources as unreliable?
-Were there any unexpected findings during your search?
-What advice would you give to someone searching for sources of information?
-What should be taken into account when selecting a reliable source?
Authorship: information about the author’s education and career.
Institution or profile of the website: logo, name or official information about who is in charge of the information website and its values.
Dates: date of publication and or updating of the information.
Sources: mention the sources behind the published information.
URL: info on the relation between published information and the publishing website. Is the information a replica of other people or institutions’ or it is a primary source?
Quotes: Is this source quoted by other people when they talk about this topic?
-Create a meme that deals with the importance of checking and comparing sources.
-Think of different hashtags to share the memes with clear slogans on the subject.
-Create a group piece of communication that can be published on social media with some of the chosen hashtags. It may be an infographic, a Twitter thread, a flyer, a video, etc.
Assessment and Conclusions
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