Here is a very interesting podcast on the difficulty our students face when trying to differentiate between real or fake new stories. The summary of study can be found here as well.
In our digital world, where anyone with a little know-how can post unverified stories online and frame them as fact, when solid web design can make an advertisement seem like an article, and the question of what is and what is not “fake news” seems to come up on a daily basis, how do young people — “digital natives” — vet all the information in front of them?
“It’s not just the question of real or fake, but it’s the broader question of how do all of us evaluate the information that comes to us via screens,” says Stanford Professor Sam Wineburg, founder of the Stanford History Education Group and lead author of a recent study measuring students’ evaluation of digital content. “The choice before us is more complicated than a simple binary of real or fake. It’s really about asking questions about where all information comes from in the social and political world.”