Slide Deck for Teachers

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Digital Skills for Democracy

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Inquiry Question

How can we find out if information about elections or political issues is something we can trust?

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Minds On

True or false?

Shakespeare invented the name “Jessica.”

Answer: True.

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Minds On

True or false?

Hippo milk is blue.

Answer: False. It is pink.

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Minds On

True or false?

Mammoths were still alive when the Egyptians built the Great Pyramid of Giza. 

Answer: True.

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True or false?

Scientists have found 100,000 golf balls in Loch Ness.

Answer: True.

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Minds On

True or false?

The Canadian Space Agency invented the Dust Buster vacuum cleaner.

Answer: False.

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Minds On

True or false?

The first owner of the Mona Lisa hung it in his bathroom.

Answer: True.

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Minds On

True or false?

Sonic the Hedgehog’s middle name is Maurice.

Answer: True.

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Minds On

True or false?

The magnetic field at Magnetic Hill, New Brunswick makes cars roll uphill.

Answer: False. An optical illusion makes it look like cars are rolling uphill when they are actually rolling downhill. 

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Minds On

True or false?

All kangaroos are left-handed.

Answer: Mostly true. Grey and red kangaroos, the two largest species, are nearly all left-handed. 

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Minds On

  • How well did you do at guessing?
  • Was there any way to tell the true facts from the false ones? 

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Minds On

It can be difficult to figure out if things are true or false without doing more research.

When we are judging online content, we can’t just “trust our gut” or rely on our own instincts.

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Minds On

There are two kinds of false information online: 

  • Misinformation: When people share something they think is true but isn’t.
  • Disinformation: When people share false or misleading information on purpose.

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Minds On

Five digital strategies:
1. Find the original.
2. Verify the source.
3. Check other information.
4. Read fact-checking articles.
5. Turn to places you trust.

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Activity

Round 1 – Fictional scenarios

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Activity

Round 1 – Fictional scenarios

Getting Ready

Your group will need:

  • the Five Digital Strategies handout
  • the graphic organizer
  • round 1 scenario cards

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Activity

Round 1 – Fictional scenarios

Read scenario card A aloud.

Discuss the scenario and decide how trustworthy it is.

Record your thinking on the graphic organizer.

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Activity

Round 1 – Fictional scenarios

Read strategy cards B, C and D aloud. 

Discuss and consider: Does the card change the trustworthiness ranking of the scenario? 

Record your thinking on the graphic organizer. 

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Activity

Round 1 – Fictional scenarios

Read answer card E aloud.

Discuss and consider: What is your final ranking of the scenario? Why? 

Record your thinking on the graphic organizer.

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Consolidation

Share your thinking:

Read scenario card A to the class.

  • Our final trustworthiness ranking is…
  • The strategy we found the most helpful was…

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Activity

Round 2 – Real-life scenarios

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Activity

Round 2 – Real-life scenarios

Getting Ready

Your group will need:

  • the Five Digital Strategies handout
  • the graphic organizer
  • round 2 scenario cards

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Activity

Round 2 – Real-life scenarios

Read scenario card A aloud.

Discuss the scenario and decide how trustworthy it is.

Record your thinking on the graphic organizer.

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Activity

Round 2 – Real-life scenarios

Read strategy cards B, C and D aloud.

Discuss and consider: Does the card change the trustworthiness ranking of the scenario? 

Record your thinking on the graphic organizer.

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Activity

Round 2 – Real-life scenarios

Read answer card E aloud.

Discuss and consider: What is your final ranking of the scenario? Why?  

Record your thinking on the graphic organizer.

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Consolidation

Share your thinking:

Read scenario card A to the class.

  • Our final trustworthiness ranking is…
  • The strategy we found the most helpful was…

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Consolidation

Discuss:

  • What do you think is the best way to respond to false or misleading information online?
  • What surprised you the most about the activity?
  • How do you think misinformation and disinformation could affect our elections? 

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Consolidation

Reflection:
1. One thing I learned is…
2. The next time I want to find out if something online is true, I will…
3. To be an engaged and informed citizen in a democracy, it’s important to…