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New fact sheet outlines evidence-based strategies to hone students’ critical thinking skills in a world where we can no longer simply trust what we read and see

New fact sheet outlines evidence-based strategies to hone students’ critical thinking skills in a world where we can no longer simply trust what we read and see

A newly released fact sheet produced by the EdCan Network entitled “How do we teach students to identify fake news?” equips teachers with four key tips for teaching students to identify intentionally misleading news in a “post-truth” era where we’re increasingly influenced by emotions and beliefs over factual information.

“With blurred lines between fake news and authentic journalism, we’re providing clarity to educators, parents and students grappling with what and who to believe when polarizing public debates unfold,” says Max Cooke, EdCan Network Interim CEO.

Authored by renowned media literacy expert Dr. Alec Couros, this hands-on and timely resource positions teachers as catalysts for upholding “truth” – a fundamental tenet of democracy and civic engagement.

“Fake news is frequently designed to trick us into believing a lie,” says Dr. Alec Couros. “Educators play a more urgent role in helping youth develop the skills needed to live, learn and lead in our increasingly complex world.”

Download a printable copy of the fact sheet for free, including other practical resources, at: www.edcan.ca/fake-news

This fact sheet was made possible with the generous financial support of the Desjardins Foundation and the Canadian Schools Boards’ Association.

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