We are living in the information age. Thanks to the Internet, we now have all the knowledge of the world at our fingertips. Think about it: cooking, philosophy, engineering, literature – anything you can imagine can probably be found using a simple Google search.
It’s quite astonishing when you take the time to think about it. Of course, many of us have learned the hard way that not everything you find online is reliable or true.
This poses a difficult problem for educators. The Internet is an integral part of the life of our students. As they grow older, students will turn to online resources to help them navigate their education and build on what they have learned. Yet at the same time, it’s human nature to focus on information that reinforces our pre-existing worldview, and many of us passively ingest all kinds of media while browsing social apps.
So how do we teach our students to be responsible consumers of information?
Developing information literacy does not happen overnight. The subject has many branches and, like most things, it takes practice before students are able to recognize misinformation.