Finding & Evaluating Information

Why is it so hard to see the difference between reliable information and biased misinformation? Between scientific facts and disinformation, like so called “alternative facts”?

Learn how to spot misinformation with strategies used by professional fact-checkers. Review the concepts of reliability and bias, and practice evaluating online information and images so you can bring these skills to your students.

course duration icon 6 Hours
course cost icon Free
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What we provide:
  • Practice activities to do on your own
  • Examples from other educators
  • Free online tools recommendations
Review guidelines for evaluating the reliability of a resource   Learn about the methods fact-checkers use to evaluate information
Understand that reliable information is verifiable, impartial, and accurate   Read about current fact-checking strategies like lateral reading
Practice identifying an altered image   Create a classroom resource for evaluating information
Use online tools to spot manipulated photos   Create an instructional resource for your students that models good source-checking strategies
  • Intro to Finding and Evaluating Information
  • What is Reliable Information?
  • Teaching Connections
  • Roadblocks to Finding Reliable Information
  • Information Intake
  • Fact Checking & Lateral Reading
  • Lateral Reading How-To
  • Seeing is Believing... But should it be?
  • Practice: Become a Fact-Checker
  • Lesson Plan: Finding & Evaluating Information with Students
  • Next Steps
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This course can help you develop the skills needed to earn the Evaluating Online Information micro-credential. Earning eight micro-credentials qualifies you to become a PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator. Learn more.  

What is KQED Teach?

We offer a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on digital media. Educators can build skills in video and audio production, data visualization and media analysis to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow educators to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communication and technology skills and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.

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