Fact of Fiction

In today’s world most of us are getting our information from the internet via a social media app or a search engine such as Google. But how do you know what to believe and what not to believe with this very growing wealth of knowledge? And How do we teach our students and children at a young age to learn the difference between what is real and what is fake via the internet. At one time if we wanted to know about something we would have to look in an encyclopedia and now with a click of a button we have access to Wikipedia and any other source imaginable.

A good place to start is reminding our students and ourselves if we read something we should also fact check what we read before deciding what we read must be real. One way to do this is by using resources that are known for fact checking.  Tru Libraries gives a really great list of websites available for fact checking, you can also check them out below 👇

  • FactsCan
    FactsCan is an independent and nonpartisan fact-checker on Canadian federal politics.
  • Canada Fact Check
    Canada Fact Check is an independent news platform dedicated to transparency, democratic reform, government accountability and corporate responsibility in Canada.
  • Politfact
    PolitiFact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials. Has a US focus.
  • Snopes
    The definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.
  • FactCheck.Org
    A nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion. US focus.
  • Fact Checker
    Put out by the Washington Post, this fact checker focuses on political stories from the United States.
  • TruthOrFiction.Org
    Covers urban legends, Internet rumors, e-mail forwards, and other stories of unknown or questionable origin
  • Reverse Image Search

Another option EDCan suggests would be to bring practice materials into the classroom and have students try and figure out what is real and what isn’t real. By being able to work out these sources within the classroom students will slowly build on their skills to decipher whether or not something is real or fake. 

John Spence also suggests Using the five C’s of critical consuming:

1.Check the context, when was the article written?

2.Check the credibility does it

3. Analyse the construction of the article, is it propaganda or speculation

4.Corroboration make sure its not the only source making this claim

5. Compare what other sources are saying about what they are reading.

With using even just a few of these tips and trick the average person should be able to make a more informed decision before always believing what they read.

If Not I’ve also included this informational video on how to spot fake news as well!


3 thoughts on “Fact of Fiction

  1. Natasha

    You’ve created a great collection of resources for fact-checking. I like that you have a brief description of each. Thanks!

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  2. Byron

    Thanks for sharing a great post. I like how you included a video in your post as it made everything very clear and something that students could use as well. It is really amazing how the fake news “world” has taken over. As was mentioned in one of our readings this week, you almost need to teach students to view news with a an eye of scepticism and assume it’s not true until it can be verified. Anyway, thanks again for sharing.

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  3. Ashlyn Helmeczi

    Thanks for sharing! I really liked how you added websites and resources to help decipher if information is true or not. Also, that is a really good video you shared that could definitely be used in the classroom to show students too. There is so much information out there on the web, that it is challenging to know what if everything you read is real.

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