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AI, the Digital Landscape, and Misinformation-Busting Superpowers for Students

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

AI, the Digital Landscape, and Misinformation-Busting Superpowers for Students

Presented by Brittney Smith, Senior Manager of Education Partnerships, The News Literacy Project; and Peter Adams, Senior Vice President of Research and Design, The News Literacy Project

Sponsored by News Literacy Project

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In today’s world, misinformation is more than an inconvenience—it’s one of the greatest threats to our democracy. Whether or not your students are voting this fall, you can help ensure that they don’t fall for rumors, falsehoods, or AI-generated deceptions by empowering them with critical news literacy skills.

Join the News Literacy Project’s experts for an educator’s guide to misinformation in today’s digital landscape, including a close look at generative AI. In addition to discussing fundamental tools and tips for fact checking and misinformation busting, they explore how AI technology continues to evolve and how it can even be used to enrich the learning experience. Topics include:

  • The state of today’s digital landscape and its implications in an election year
  • Strategies for helping students determine the credibility of evidence and sources
  • Best practices for teaching about misinformation and conspiratorial thinking

Viewers leave with a roadmap for getting started with teaching about misinformation, including how to use the Misinfo 101 course offered on the News Literacy Project’s free Checkology®️ virtual classroom.

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

Brittney Smith

About the Presenters

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.

Peter Adams

Peter Adams became the News Literacy Project’s Senior Vice President of Research and Design after several years as the organization’s Head of Education. He began his career as a classroom teacher in the New York City schools through Teach For America. He has also taught in the Chicago public schools, at Roosevelt University, and at Chicago City Colleges’ Wilbur Wright campus. In addition, he has worked with the NYC Teaching Fellows program, with After School Matters, and as an independent education consultant.

Since joining NLP in 2009, he has coordinated classroom and after-school programs, served as Chicago program manager, worked on organizational strategy, and developed NLP’s digital program. He has also provided news literacy training and workshops to educators and others throughout the area. He was promoted to his current position in January 2014 and oversees NLP’s education team, which develops resources and training for teachers. He and the other team members are based in Chicago. Peter is a graduate of Indiana University, where he majored in English and African American studies and co-founded an independent monthly student newspaper. He has a master’s degree in the humanities from the University of Chicago.

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News Literacy Project

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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