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Is it Fake News? Identify and Address the Continuum of Disinformation and Other "False" News

Subject Social Studies — Current Events, Social Studies
Grade Level Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Professional Development
Resource Type Presentation
Attributes Good for Parents

Attribution Non-commercial NoDerivative



Join Jinnie Spiegler of ADL and Share My Lesson for a session on teaching students the skills to recognize the difference between real news and fake news.

Thursday, March 25, 2021
Now Available on Demand

Amid the 24-hour news cycle, with people getting their news on TV, online, via social media and from friends and others, there is a lot of “false news,” and it spreads quickly. In a 2019 Common Sense Media survey, 78% of teens reported their strong interest in following current events. However, they are likely to find themselves receiving and spreading false news and may lack the experience or skills to detect it.

The purpose of this session is for educators to explore false news, understand the different types of false news, the impact it has and how they can assist students in identifying the difference between real and false news. In this session, participants will reflect on where people get their news, understand the bias that exists in all news and consider the continuum of false news—from satirical news to fake news to disinformation. Examples of each, including those that spread bias, will be discussed and participants will learn strategies for spotting fake news.

We will share youth voices and perspectives and participants will discuss what they can do to address false news, for themselves and the young people in their lives.


Available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

Share My Lesson is now an NYSED-approved provider for CTLE requirements. Step 1: Upon completion of the Share My Lesson webinar, download your PD certificate of completion. Step 2: Complete CTLE certificate. Step 3: Send both your CTLE certificate AND Share My Lesson PD certificate of completion to [email protected].


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