Here’s a question to ask your students: “What was the first outrageous claim you saw online, and how did you react?”
Dis- and misinformation have been used throughout history for a variety of reasons, and have experienced a renaissance over the past decade with the rise of social media and the increasing polarization of the American political landscape. High school students are bombarded with disinformation daily, and teachers are searching for a way to respond within the context of a classroom environment. So how can we as educators and parents help students navigate the complex world of disinformation, fake news, and propaganda to become informed and responsible citizens?
The American Federation of Teachers is sponsoring the creation of a secondary-level resource toolkit to help classroom teachers respond to the growing wave of disinformation that we see online, in the classroom and at home. While the full suite of resources will not be available until this summer, attendees of the 2023 Share My Lesson Virtual Conference have the opportunity to get a one-hour sneak peek.