Developing teachers’ critical literacies: What educators need to know in a “fake news” world
In our “post-truth” era, fact and fiction can be difficult to distinguish, and fake news and misinformation spread rapidly and with ease. In this new reality, education plays a more urgent and important role than ever before: as educators, we must equip today’s youth with the skills and competencies they will need to critically and responsibly navigate the world.
But before we can teach students, we need to develop our own critical literacies, and that means educating ourselves. In this presentation, participants will be provided with an in-depth look at the “fake news” phenomenon and will be introduced to a variety of tools, resources, and strategies, both for building their own understanding and for helping students to become critically literate learners and citizens.
Alec Couros is a Professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. He has given hundreds of workshops and presentations, nationally and internationally, on topics such as openness in education, networked learning, social media in education, digital citizenship, and critical media literacy. His graduate and undergraduate courses help current and future educators understand how to use and take advantage of the educational potential offered by the tools of connectivity.