5 Resources to Help Students Become Information Literate

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Information literacy skills top many lists of must-have abilities, especially in the age of fake news. Not all Google search results are legitimate, but how many of today’s students know that?

Children are having access to devices at a younger age, which highlights the importance of teaching them to watch the news with a critical eye and to assess the origin of information. Because today’s students are growing up in an age where information is readily available, they need to know how to apply critical evaluation skills when faced with information claiming to be true.

A 2017 Stanford University study determined that middle school students were unable to distinguish between trusted news sources and sponsored content or advertising.

“In all cases and at all levels, we were surprised by the lack of preparation of the students,” write the authors of the study. “We have never had so much information at our fingertips. Whether this bounty makes us smarter and better informed or more ignorant and narrow-minded will depend on our awareness of this problem and our educational response to it.

During the 2016 presidential election, fake news was more popular than legitimate media reporting.

Laura Ascion
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