Teacher Skills Forum 2019
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Saturday, March 9 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Fake News in the Modern Classroom

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The term "Fake news" has exploded onto the public consciousness over the past two years, and has been used both to discredit the truth and to call out falsehoods, often making us question everything we know as a society. As education becomes increasingly more reliant on the internet, students are especially vulnerable to bad information. How, then, can we help our students navigate the often-dangerous seas of misinformation that form part of their journey towards becoming lifelong learners? This session looks at strategies gleaned from case studies and classroom practices that can be applied across various educational programmes in order to help students develop skills to tackle information literacy, particularly when it comes to identifying fake news and misinformation on the internet.

The Goals:
- familiarise teachers with the differences between fake news, propaganda, pseudoscience, and conspiracy theories, and their impacts on young learners, education and society,
- familiarise teachers with common misconceptions about reliability of information, and types of bias that both students and teachers apply when finding information,
- help teachers develop practical strategies for teaching skepticism, critical thinking, and information literacy, in a scalable manner suitable for students across middle and high school.

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Yousef Shuwayhat

Deputy Head of Middle School - Wellbeing and Administration (Grades 9 and 10), Amman Baccalaureate School
Yousef Shuwayhat is the Deputy Head of Middle School, in charge of student Wellbeing and Administration at the Amman Baccalaureate School, Jordan. A life-long skeptic, classically-trained Shakespearean actor, sometime stand-up comedian and educator, he has taught MYP for over a decade... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EET
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