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A collection of rubrics for assessing portfolios, group work/cooperative learning, concept map, research process/ report, PowerPoint, oral presentation, web page, blog, wiki, and other social media projects.

Can You Spot Fake News?
Critical Evaluation of Information

News, opinion and entertainment are increasingly intertwined, especially on social media.

From satirical to fake news sites, information saturation has reached a critical point. How do you tell fact from fiction? How do you know who to believe?

These resources help focus on critical analysis with online and print materials.

Students Have 'Dismaying' Inability to Tell Fake News From Real, Study Finds 
NPR reports on a recent study conducted by Stanford University, which reveals that students have a difficult time identifying fake news.

Truth, Truthiness, Triangulation: A News Literacy Toolkit for a “Post-truth” World 
Joyce Valenza created this fantastic tool kit to help students (and adults) distinguish fake news, hoaxes and bias in news articles. This blog entry is packed with information and resources.

Evaluation Challenges 
These on-demand modules written by Dr. Carl Heine from the 21st Century Information Fluency Project, target strategies and techniques used to determine the credibility of information. Appropriate for middle school to graduate school.

Evaluating Websites as Information Sources 
Nell K. Duke shares tips to help evaluate web sources. Though aimed at a K-12 audience, the information is relevant at all age levels.

Critical Evaluation of Information 
Kathy Schrock provides a wealth of resources aimed at teaching people how to evaluate information sources. Geared toward K-12

A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science 
Compound Interest created this infographic to help readers spot articles based on bad science.

False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical “News” Sources 
University professor Melissa Zimdars provides concrete steps for analyzing websites.

How to Spot Fake News 
Lori Robertson and Eugene Kiely of provide helpful information on how to spot fake news articles. “monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases.”

Snopes aims to debunk urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors and misinformation.

Tech Tip: Web of Trust 

Check out Web of Trust (WOT), a browser extension that helps you identify websites that are false, misleading or inappropriate for students. 

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