Helping students understand fake news

IMG_7797Recently the term Fake News is popping up everywhere. It has been blamed for the unexpected victory in the elections that shook the United States and the world, late last year. It is the reason that many stories become viral sensations. However, the issue with these stories getting publicity is that they are inaccurate and often made up just for the sake of creating viral content.

The Middle School and High School library decided that it was time to help students understand this phenomenon. For this, they set up a display about Fake News. The display explains the implications of Fake News and the monetary motivation for outlets to produce this content. There are various tools that can be used to verify whether something on the internet comes from a reliable source or not. Unfortunately, it is not always black and white. The situation is a bit complicated because often the news is an amalgamation of truth and fiction. The display traces a story related to President Donald Trump’s remarks on Sweden, to its original roots to prove how fake stories can snowball if they go unverified.

The wall will be updated periodically, following the tracks of various fake news to help students understand the origins. This also fits into the IB profile of Inquirers that aims to help students develop their inquiry and research skills.