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Debunking the Disguises: Misinformation, AI, and Social Media

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Fact or fake

Presented by Alexa Volland, Senior Manager of Educator Professional Learning, The News Literacy Project; and Brittney Smith, Senior Manager of Education Partnerships, The News Literacy Project

Sponsored by News Literacy Project

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Many young people today rely on social media for news and information, and as generative artificial intelligence becomes more common, it too is playing a role in today’s information landscape. The problem is that AI and social media can be as misleading as a haunted house—full of tricks (not treats), and often, misinformation!

By giving students the tools and skills to develop critical thinking skills, educators can help arm their students against this scary situation (and not just during Halloween season). Join us for an edWebinar focused on helping your students see through falsehoods disguised as facts and AI masquerading as reality.

Hear from the News Literacy Project’s AI and social media expert Alexa Volland and learn techniques for giving students the skills to navigate even the most bewildering digital environments. We also explore free resources, such as Checkology lessons and classroom exercises, for determining the credibility of evidence and sources as well as best practices for teaching about misinformation and conspiratorial thinking.

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to middle and high school teachers, librarians, and school and district leaders.

Alexa Volland

About the Presenters

Alexa Volland is The News Literacy Project’s Senior Manager of Educator Professional Learning. Prior to joining NLP in August 2022, she was the Youth Programming Manager for The Poynter Institute’s digital media literacy initiative, MediaWise. There, she specialized in fact checking, social media mis- and disinformation, and connecting with young audiences. While at MediaWise, Alexa served as the editor of the Teen Fact-Checking Network (TFCN), a national, student-led newsroom that produces fact-checking videos for social media. While editor, the TFCN was named an official signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles, becoming the first signatory that primarily publishes fact checks by teenagers. She came to NLP with both newsroom and classroom experience, having worked in local journalism at the Tampa Bay Times and as a journalism teacher in St. Petersburg, Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Florida.

Brittney Smith

Brittney Smith is a Senior Manager of Education Partnerships (East) at The News Literacy Project. Brittney joined NLP in July 2022 after eight years of teaching life science in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a high school teacher to diverse populations of students, including English Language Learners. In her tenure as science department chair, she focused on building partnerships with community stakeholders to enrich and improve students’ educational experiences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biological science from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in teaching science to adolescents and young adults from Mount St. Joseph University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in educational practice and innovation with a STEM focus at the University of South Carolina.

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The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan, national education nonprofit, provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the abilities needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.


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