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Podcast: How To Tell Fact From Fiction

Ever seen something on the Internet that made you raise your eyebrows, either because it seemed too good or too awful to be true? Ever have a hard time telling whether news is fake or for real?

Welcome to the club. We’re all in it. With the proliferation of the Internet, social media and devices, there’s never been so much information and misinformation at our disposal in the history of humanity. But did you know that nearly two-thirds of Americans have hard time identifying false information, according to the News Literacy Project? And about the same amount of people worldwide struggle to tell the difference between good journalism and falsehoods?

Fortunately, there are ways to decipher between fact and fiction. That is a major topic during National News Literacy Week, which is taking place from Jan. 23-27.

Canyons District Teacher Specialist Leslie Morris, Utah’s News Literacy Ambassador, joined us on this episode of the Connect Canyons podcast. The discussion revolves around the News Literacy Project and the importance of helping students know how to filter news they see on the Internet.

The News Literacy Project is equally ambitious and worthwhile. This nonpartisan nonprofit organization aims to create better informed, more engaged, and more empowered individuals, and a stronger democracy through improved news literacy.

“Free press is one of the main principles of the News Literacy Project. It’s promoting free press and ensuring a free press. It’s a key component of democracy,” Morris said. “We really need to teach the skills so students can really determine what’s truth and what’s false.”

In this episode, we discuss:

— Tools that students, teachers and others that are available to help decipher whether news is legitimate or not.

— Five key questions that should be asked to verify sources and claims.

— What the District is doing to help improve news literacy.

— Why it’s more important to be curious than critical.

— What we can do to slow the flow of misinformation.

— Valuable resources, including helpful information via the News Literacy Project

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Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

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