Life Skills

Online Detectives: How to Spot Misinformation Online

Misinformation in the Information Age is unfortunately a huge problem, and it is important to develop the tools and skills to spot it.
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60 minutes

per class

Twice per week

over 1 week


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will deeply understand how misinformation spreads quickly.  Students will develop the skills necessary to verify information online, and not be a victim to bad content. 
I have enrolled in the News Literacy Project's online webinars on how to fight misinformation.  Much of this curriculum comes from these webinars.
After the first class, I will assign a challenge for each student.  Students will be responsible for verifying whether a piece of information is legitimate, and for showing me how they verified the content.
Learners will need a notebook to write in.  This can be a paper notebook, or just a notebook application on the computer.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
2 hours per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
As much as I will try to keep politics out of these discussions, much of the misinformation that exists online is political.  Students will be confronted with images or content that may be controversial.  My use of these examples are not an endorsement of any political ideology or issue.


John O'HaganRelevant History That Will Make You Think
97 total reviews
51 completed classes

About Me

Hello! My name is John and I have been working in education in the Los Angeles area for the last few years.  History, government, economics and social studies are the subjects that I am really into, and love spending my time talking and studying... 
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