Navigating the Infodemic:
Education in a "Post Fact" World
Two 45-Minute Sessions: October 29, 2020 at 12 pm or 7 pm US ET
How do we and our students discern truth and fact at a time of increasing information complexity?
"The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it."
To Educators, Parents, Students, Boards, and School Communities, We Ask:
What does it mean to be "literate" when everyone is a media outlet?
Our conception of "literacy" is changing. It has to.
The explosion of social media and easy to publish-to-the-world tools has been happening for over two decades. And in many ways, that has given voice and reach to many amazing thinkers and doers and creators who we couldn't connect and learn with in the past.
But ubiquitous publishing has its downsides.
In a world where almost anyone can say anything, fact and truth become less clear. And right now, we are in the midst of an "infodemic" of scary proportions. Every day, more and more misinformation, "fake news," and abject lies are shared online to increasingly larger audiences who are looking to confirm their own biases of how the world should look and operate.
If we cannot discern what's true and what is a fact, we are in very serious trouble, as a society, and as a planet.
More than at any time in recent history we need the skills, literacies, and dispositions to separate good information, people, and technologies from bad.
Join BIG Questions Institute co-founder Will Richardson for this free 45-minute webinar for an introductory look at the scale and scope of the Infodemic, the challenges for schools and classrooms, and some tools and strategies to help "vaccinate" ourselves from the harm it causes.
Students grades 8-12 are encouraged to join in!
What will you learn from attending this webinar?
What the "Infodemic" is and its effects
A sense of urgency to rethink "literacy" in schools
Ways to identify truth and fact in a sea of misinformation
Starting points for classroom practice
Tools to build your personal information literacy
This FREE webinar will give you an important introduction to the challenges to literacy today.
October 29, 2020 at 12 pm or 7 pm US ET
(Can't attend live? Register anyway and we'll send you a link to the archived recording.)