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Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

This Just In!

Subject Area

Digital Literacy and Computer Science

Grade(s)

8

Overview

With mobile phone alerts, social media updates, and 24/7 news cycles, it's hard to escape the daily flood of breaking news. But do kids really understand what they're seeing when stories first break? Help students analyze breaking news with a critical eye for false or incomplete information, and discuss the downsides of our "always-on" news media culture.

Students will be able to:
  • Define breaking news, and understand why individuals and news outlets want to be first to report a story.
  • Analyze breaking news alerts to identify clues of false or incomplete information.
  • Reflect on the consequences of reacting right away to breaking news alerts.

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    DLCS18.8.R3

    Assess the validity and identify the purpose of digital content.

    Unpacked Content

    UP:DLCS18.8.R3

    Vocabulary

    • validity

    Knowledge

    Students know:
    • not all information shared is valid; some information is skewed to sway readers' opinions.

    Skills

    Students are able to:
    • research information to confirm whether the given information is true and unbiased.

    Understanding

    Students understand that:
    • individuals and/or groups can manipulate information to meet an agenda.
    • it is important to verify information.

    DLCS18.8.14

    Analyze current events related to computing and their effects on education, the workplace, individuals, communities, and global society.

    Unpacked Content

    UP:DLCS18.8.14

    Knowledge

    Students know:
    • technology will always have positive and negative effects on others; it is important to examine the benefits and costs associated with implementing new technology.

    Skills

    Students are able to:
    • analyze current events related to computing.
    • analyze the effects of current events related to computing on education, the workplace, individuals, communities, and global society.

    Understanding

    Students understand that:
    • it is important to examine the benefits and costs associated with implementing new technology.
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