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Thursday, February 21 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Fact vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News

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At the end of 2016, The Oxford Dictionary named “post truth” its word of the year, citing as its definition: “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” In an age in which information is abundant, easy to access and often overwhelming AND in which there’s economic incentive to mislead consumers, discerning fact from fiction has become THE 21st Century skill. In this session Jennifer and Darren will explore the fake news phenomenon, discuss its impact on our students, teachers and society, put our own source evaluation skills to the test and discover ways that all educators can lead the charge as defenders of facts in a post truth world.
Join ISTE authors Jennifer LaGarde and Darren Hudgins as they expand upon tactics outlined in their book, Fact vs. Fiction: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills in the Age of Fake News. Attendees will gain practical strategies and skills for navigating the landscape of fake news and helping students think critically about how they receive, evaluate, and share information.

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Darren Hudgins

Educator | Author | CEO Think Do Thrive, UEN
Darren Hudgins is a passionate advocate for creating learning experiences that drive educators of all kinds and their students to think, do, and thrive. He believes in this mission so much that he conceptualized and directs Think Do Thrive. He uses his 20+ years in education, EdTech... Read More →
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Jennifer LaGarde

Keynote Speaker
Jennifer LaGarde is a lifelong teacher and learner with over 20 years in public education. Her educational passions include leveraging technology to help students develop authentic reading lives, meeting the unique needs of students living in poverty and helping learners (of all ages... Read More →

Thursday February 21, 2019 2:30pm - 4:00pm PST
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