False and misleading information is rampant online, and people lack the skills and motivation to determine what to trust. To build the next generation of informed citizens, we need to adopt new ways to teach digital media literacy and source evaluation.
CIVIX is offering a series of free professional development sessions, to support bringing the CTRL-F verification strategies to the classroom. Workshops will focus on guided practice using engaging examples from the CTRL-F curriculum.
- Thursday, January 19 @ 3:30 PM ET
For more information and to register, please visit this Eventbrite link.
If you would like us to host a workshop at your school board or subject association PD please email us at email@example.com.
Named for the keyboard shortcut for ‘find,’ CTRL-F is an evidence-based program that equips students with the habits and skills needed to evaluate online information to determine what to trust.
A rigorous research study carried out with academic partners demonstrated that CTRL-F dramatically improved students’ ability to reject false claims and identify credible sources.
A new way is needed
Popular checklists such as the CRAAP test ask students to assess information by looking at superficial signals. But analyzing a website for typos, contact information, or the number of ads on a page won’t tell us what we need to know.
These close-reading strategies have been proven to leave students vulnerable to trusting faulty information, and to dismissing reliable sources for the wrong reasons.
Instead, we need to do what professional fact-checkers do: conduct quick and strategic web searches to learn key context about sources and claims. This is called lateral reading and it’s what CTRL-F is all about.