Can the web be your students' best tool in the fight against falsehood?

From viral memes to so-called "fake news," the web is overflowing with information -- true, false, and everything in between. For many kids, this makes the web a challenging place to find credible and reliable sources. So what's the best way to help your students use the web effectively as a fact-checking tool? Here you'll find tips, resources, and practical advice on helping students find credible information online.

Fact-Checking Tips and Tools for Teachers and Students

Help Students Fact-Check the Web Like the Pros

Help Students Fact-Check the Web Like the Pros

With so much information on the web -- true, false, and everything in between -- it’s no wonder students have a hard time separating fact from fiction.

Student Handout: Fearless Fact Finding

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Video: How to Spot Fake News

For your students: Tips from the pros on how to read the news like a fact-checker.
Source: FactCheck.org

Poster: Deceptive Detective

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Google Search Skills Every Student Should Know

Google Search Tip: Search within a site

Here's a quick and simple way to introduce the concept of Google search commands.
Source: Google Help (via YouTube)

Help Your Students Become Better Google Searchers

Use these resources from Google to promote better search skills among your students.
Source: Google

Using Reverse Image Search as a Fact-Checking Tool

NEW! Student Handout: Reverse Image Search

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How to Fact Check With Google Reverse Image Search

A quick demo of how Google's reverse image search tool can be used to fact check and research...

Resources to Address the So-Called "Fake News" Phenomenon

Teaching Why Facts Still Matter

History teacher, David Cutler, looks at how reinforcing the importance of facts in our...
Source: Edutopia

Fake News: How A Partying Macedonian Teen Earns ...

This NBC News report offers students a window into how the so-called "fake news"...
Source: NBC News (via YouTube)

Evaluating Sources in a 'Post-Truth' World

This lesson plan from The New York Times helps students navigate the increasingly complex...
Source: The New York Times

Real News, Fake News or Opinion?

From KQED Education, a look at how teachers can help students discern the difference between...
Source: KQED Education

Further Reading and Research on Web and Media Literacy

Why Students Can't Google Their Way to the Truth

Two Stanford researchers discuss their findings about students' difficulties in...
Source: EdWeek

The Challenge That's Bigger Than Fake News

See what Stanford researchers learned about how fact-checkers read the web differently ...
Source: Stanford History Education Group

eBook: Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers

Take a look for detailed tips and strategies to help your students better navigate the web ...
Source: Mike Caulfield

Why More Schools Aren't Teaching Web Literacy ...

How do we define 'literacy' in a Web-infused world? This article from Alan November...
Source: November Learning

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Fact-Finding Skills Students Can Use Anywhere Online

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Help Students Evaluate What They See and Read on the Web

The web is full of information -- true, false, and in-between. Do kids know what's what? Our...

More News- and Media-Literacy Resources from Common Sense

How to Spot Fake News (and Teach Kids to Be Media-Savvy)

From Common Sense Media's Parenting blog, advice on helping kids distinguish fact from...
Source: Common Sense Media

Educator Toolkit: News and Media Literacy

Give your students the skills they need to think critically about media in today's complex...
Source: Common Sense Education