Bad news

Sharon Seslija and Peter McAsh both shared a CBC article the other day about Bad News, a resource for learning about fake news. It’s a big topic these days and the more you know, the better you’ll be.

So, I had to check it out.

It’s an interesting twist on the “game” of understanding fake news. Beyond the simple task of identifying fake news, this gets to the issue of what it is and why you’d want to share this. (if your goal is spreading fake news, that is…)

You do this by trying to build credibility in the simulated online of the game. A little meter in the bottom left of the screen monitors your progress. And, what’s the point of social media but to gain followers. Your count is automatically updated as you play the game.

I found it a really different spin on things. You may want to add this to your arsenal of tools for dealing with this topic in class. The original game is designed for teenagers; I wouldn’t use it with younger students. A similar game, designed for them is available here.

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