I think the following affects all of us as we use social media, read/listen, and communicate in the various parts of our lives!
- “Lateral reading” – use a right-click to open new tabs to investigate claims, authors, etc., via searching
- Practice “click restraint” by spending time to skim the results & reading bits and pieces before choosing to click any link (slow down, don't rely on the 1st site that shows up)
- Always “verify” by double-checking outside of the original source of information.
Research described in 2 articles below, shorter one first:
Breakstone, Joel, Sarah McGrew, Mark Smith, Teresa Ortega, and Sam Wineburg. (2018). Why we need a new approach to teaching digital literacy. Phi Delta Kappan, 99(6), 27. https://www.kappanonline.org/breakstone-need-new-approach-teaching-digital-literacy/
- states that checklists (e.g., CRAAP test) do not help students evaluate resources, as they keep the students focused on the material itself rather than seeking to verify externally
- longer article with all of the research and the process spelled out