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Fact-Checking for Beginners

In this one-time class students will learn how to fact-check digital sources, as well as begin to understand and identify bias.
Céilidhe Waugh
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Completed by 2 learners
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year olds
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90 minute class

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Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
Students will learn the following:
-how to use SIFT to analyze digital sources
-how to use RAVEN and PAARC to analyze print sources
-the definition of bias
-the extent to which bias impacts our understanding of the world around us 
-the definition of confirmation bias and the ways in which algorithms feed our biases
-how to use Wikipedia as a tool for finding reliable sources of information
-how to use Snopes to debunk false information
-how to use reverse image search to find the original source of digital images
-how to use the Wayback Machine to trace changes made to digital sources
-how to identify bias in sources
-tools to determine the reliability of digital and print sources
I am an experienced research teacher at the secondary level. 
All information and links to sources will be provided during class. Students will also receive a copy of the all Google Slides presentations.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and no time outside of class.
Students are free to pursue topics of their own choosing in this class whenever possible, they are also encouraged to find their own sources as much as possible. Their particular areas of interest will determine some of the material that they encounter in this class. I always remind my students that anything they bring to class should be suitable for an academic environment, and I encourage them to consider their classmates' well-being at all times. 
Students will be using Wikipedia, Snopes, Google Reverse Image Search, and the Wayback Machine to fact-check information found using Google Search and Google Scholar. We will be looking at some materials from for the purpose of identifying bias and the role it can play in information sharing. 


Céilidhe Waugh
Lives in Canada
M.Ed., International Educator
1 total review
2 completed classes

About Me

First and foremost, I am a third culture kid; I graduated from an international school in Bolivia. Since becoming an international educator in 2011 I have taught ESL, Theory of Knowledge, Philosophy, AP Psychology, AP Seminar and AP Research in... 
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