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One Gut Check and Four Steps Students Can Apply to Fact-Check Information

KQED News Mind/Shift – Anya Kamenetz

“This new approach seeks to get students thinking like, and doing the work of, fact-checkers. “We have approached media literacy and news literacy in the past sort of like rhetoricians,” says Mike Caulfield, director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University in Vancouver. (Can that be right? A public university based in the United States with a campus in Canada? No, it’s Vancouver, Wash.). In other words, he explains, we teach students close reading and analysis of elements, like tone. “Fact-checkers,” on the other hand, “get to the truth of an issue in 60 to 90 seconds.” He says fact-checkers read laterally — moving quickly away from the original text, opening up a series of tabs in a browser to judge the credibility of its author and the sources it cites.”(more)

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