Nature—Why does this site exist? What is its purpose? Be alert to
details within the text of a website.
Are sentences grammatically correct?
If not, this should raise a red flag.
Some fake news sites may also select
names of their organizations that
sound trustworthy but are actually
site function efficiently? Fake news
sites may be clickbait. They may plagiarize or duplicate content originally
published elsewhere but change it to
incorporate wrong or misleading content. Some websites use screen shots
from authentic news organizations to
appear credible. Double-check the image before sharing the link or trusting
the information posted.
Page Content—Is the information
accurate and reliable? Some browsers
have plug-ins to assist finding fake sites.
Importance of Critical Thinking
Many students do not typically question online content. Once our students
understand the need to evaluate the accuracy of online content and have learned a
simple process to do so, they will be more
likely to become actively engaged in their
own online learning.
As critical thinking skills improve,
students can be encouraged to engage in
an in-depth evaluation of online content
and can begin to develop responsive
strategies to safeguard themselves against
spreaders of misinformation and, in some
cases, purveyors of hate.
In the face of today’s challenges,
critical thinking skills are more important
than ever. Students will need to learn a
full range of skills and knowledge that
facilitate a mastery of thinking through
and analyzing the information presented to
them. Teaching our students the importance of questioning content will help
them to better evaluate data. As educational leaders, we are challenged, therefore, to
update educational policies and practices
to this end.H
Corinne French, a Valley View ISD trustee,
is a senior year experience coordinator at the
University of North Texas. Jo Monahan is a
teaching and learning librarian at the University of North Texas Libraries.
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