Q5: Fake or Real News

9. Search Strategies


Fake news has been around a long time, with journalists or the paparazzi stretching the truth to sell their stories. Consider the true story about two very famous rival newspaper owners in the 1890's, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. These men fought for the attention of their readers by liberally embellishing stories to sell newspapers. 

Today journalism is not much different, with the television media filled with entertainment news, reality TV, and the spread of sensationalized stories on social media. Due to the speed that news can now travel, circular reporting is a new phenomenon that is causing the quick spread of fake news. 

1. Watch this video on "How False News Can Spread" and learn more about circular reporting. 

How False News Can Spread-Noah Tavlin (3:41)

2. Circular reporting, or the spread of fake news, can often cause a filter bubble, or a place where our own biases allow fake news to continue to spread with no one questioning the source. During this Quest, you are asked to pop the filter bubble by spotting and defeating the spread of fake news.

Go to the next Quest Step Page to watch a video about this.

filter bubble

MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

2. Digital Citizen
a. Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices
d. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property

3. Knowledge Constructor
a. Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits
b. Evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources

A Digital Breakout may also be called a Digital Escape Room.

This is a web-based, game-like activity where students use clues to unlock a series of puzzles or activities to solve a challenge (or to escape a digital room).

Students frequently work together, (conference, or chat) as they work to locate and solve clues.

For additional help  to solve a breakout view this short video (3:44).

How to Spot Fake News