Fake News! A Lesson on Digital Literacy

A Session at the 2022 National CUE Conference in Palm Springs

Page Contents

  • Presentation Slide Deck
  • @theScienceOfPhilosophy video
  • Non-phone resources
  • Digital Literacy and Websites Activity
  • Session Answers

Fake News! A Lesson on Digital Literacy

Tik Tok has changed the digital literacy landscape as we know it. How can students identify what is factually accurate information? In this session, you will take an appreciative approach towards assessing the videos and information found on the popular social media app. Together, our session attendees will create a rubric to assess the validity of websites and Tik Tok videos. The entire session will be modeled as the actual lesson that you can later deliver in your classroom. The activities shared in this session have been implemented and tested in middle and junior high school ELA and social studies classrooms.

Presentation Slide Deck


@TheScienceOfPhilosophy Video

This is the video that started the entire lesson. It’s a highly engaging clip that I’ve shared with over 10 middle school classes and university courses. All credit for this video goes to the Tik Tok creator @thescienceofphilosphy, so check out his page!

Non-phone Resources (copy)

So you are hesitant to let your kids bring out their phones and use TikTok in the classroom? I’ve got you covered! The Google Slide deck below has all the necessary links and information to carry out this activity without requiring kids to use TikTok.


Digital Literacy and Website Evaluation Activity

In the Masters in Educational Technology at CSU Fullerton, our students learn to evaluate websites and digital information. This entire video is based on an assignment from the course EDEL 522 Web Design for Instruction in Schools. In this assignment, you review research on frameworks on digital literacy and website evaluation before you design a short informational presentation. I created this video as an example/approach that students could take to complete the assignment.

Teaching Teachers About Popular Online Environments

In the Masters in Curriculum & Instruction at CSU Bakersfield, our students join online environments popular with students and then create an autoethnography documenting their experience. The teachers go on to create an online forum where they discuss the pros and cons of the space they explored, as well as give advice to other educators and parents on the potential pitfalls of these spaces.

Session Answers

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