Information Literacy in Today's World: A Pandemic, Fake News and Elections
Information literacy is more important than ever. How can you be sure that the sources you’re consulting are accurate and reliable? Let’s use the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to review our information literacy toolkits. Together, we can be even better at helping our students navigate the flood of information at their fingertips.
Before the recent pandemic uprooted all we knew, the term 'fake news' was increasingly tossed around in politics, on social media, and in daily debates. When used, it can create further division and confusion, and has led to a general distrust of the news media. So, what is the solution? Librarians and educators, of course!
In this webinar you will learn why educators should stop using the term 'fake news' in favor of more nuanced lessons that delve deep into the many shades of gray in our information landscape. You’ll leave this presentation with a deeper understanding of how (and why) information can be misleading and you’ll learn about strategies and resources that will help you be a better teacher of information.
Dr. Kristen Mattson is an award-winning writer, library advocate, digital citizenship expert and talented presenter. With experience as a classroom teacher as well as a librarian, Mattson learned early on to balance every learning experience with the most current and relevant research, personal experiences from the field, and opportunities for participants to engage, reflect, interact, and apply. She transformed a 40-year old school library in both space and practice into a 21st-century learning center, where she partners with teachers in all content areas to integrate digital literacy, research, and innovation into the classroom. Her library epitomizes every aspect of the Future Ready Framework, and she and supports fellow librarians by hosting site visits, facilitating professional development, blogging, and moderating the Future Ready Librarians Facebook group. She is a contributing author of International Handbook of Media Literacy Education (Routledge, 2017). You can follow her blog here: https://drkmattson.com/