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Saturday, April 14 • 8:30am - 11:30am
Recognizing Lies: Literacy in the Post-Truth Era

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The spread of misinformation is nothing new, but websites and social media make it far easier to distribute and more difficult to detect. This session explores strategies educators can use themselves and with students to effectively evaluate the truth in what they read, see, and hear.

The purpose of this workshop is to help educators identify the skills they need to master in order to help their students become more sophisticated consumers of media. Information, supporting materials, and activities are offered to address each topic.

As a result of attending the workshop, participants will:

Become familiar with common methods employed to distort the meaning of numbers and statistics.
Review effective strategies for evaluating words.
Evaluate the authenticity of information examples presented to them in the session.

An online agenda will be provided for use during and after the conference. Participants will be able to
access all materials referenced.

1. Overview
    A. Content: Overview of session purpose and objectives, introduction of presenter,
setting the stage.
    B. Timeline: 30 minutes
    C. Process: After a brief introduction of the presenter and short overview of the session objectives, participants introduce themselves to someone sitting by them by
stating when they first heard the term "fake news" and what that term means to them. Share with large group.
 
2. Evaluating Numbers
    A. Content: There are multiple ways to misrepresent numeric information, from using figures that are implausible, to distorting graphs or using poor data collection strategies.
    B. Timeline: 45 minutes
    C. Process: This segment consists of examples of misinformation in numeric form. Hands on time will be provided for participants to review supporting material made available in a LiveBinder attendees can access during and following the session.
 
3. Evaluating Words
    A. Content: Just as numeric information can be misrepresented, so can verbal facts. Recognizing reliable expertise and evaluating explanations for events are just a couple of ways to identify something that just isn't true.
    B. Timeline: 45 minutes
    C. Process: This segment consists of examples of words that misinform. Hands on time will be provided for participants to review supporting material made available in a LiveBinder attendees can access during and following the session.

 
4. Let’s Dig In Activity choices include: Which photos were manipulated? Are these websites real? Evaluating ads? Common Sense media activities
    A. Content: How accurate are our perceptions and how do they stack up against the facts? Engage in an exercise in which participants are invited to apply the skills
Discussed previously.
    B. Timeline: 45 minutes
    C. Process: Attendees will have opportunities to engage in several activities designed to allow them to practice recognizing examples of numbers and words being manipulated to misrepresent the truth. All activity materials will be available in
a LiveBinder attendees can access during and following the session.


5.   Wrap-up
    A. Content: Time to debrief on workshop activities and significant ideas, then identify ways to apply this information in the workplace.
    B. Timeline:   15 minutes
    C. Process: Participants work in their original trios to discuss what they have learned during the workshop and how they can use this information in their personal
lives and workplace.


Speakers
avatar for Susan Brooks-Young

Susan Brooks-Young

TICAL Cadre Member, TICAL
SJ Brooks-Young Consulting


Saturday April 14, 2018 8:30am - 11:30am
Cornell