MisinfoDay is an annual event hosted by the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public (CIP). Its purpose is to teach high school students, teachers and librarians how to identify and combat online misinformation and disinformation. Students walk away with knowledge and skills they can use in their everyday lives and educators are introduced to resources that will help them continue this learning in their own classrooms.
The first MisinfoDay was held on March 19, 2019, and attended by more than 150 students, teachers, and librarians from Washington state. You can read more about the inaugural event in the news stories below.
- iSchool’s ‘MisinfoDay’ Gives Teens Tools to Find Truth
- ‘Misinfo Day’ at UW Teaches Teens to Scrutinize Social Media
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CIP shifted MisinfoDay 2020 from a planned in-person event on UW’s Seattle campus in March to a May 26 virtual event designed for educators and librarians, who represented 15 middle and high schools from five school districts in Washington state.
Ahead of MisinfoDay 2020, CIP director Jevin West and Washington State University digital literacy expert Mike Caulfield produced short videos answering questions that had been submitted by students who were slated to participate in the in-person MisinfoDay event.
- Question 1: How do we disprove false information?
- Question 2: How do we address people when they believe what we know is wrong?
- Question 3: What’s the boundary between OK interpretations of news and propaganda?
- Question 4: How does fact-checking work?
- Question 5: What distinguishes a reliable source from an unreliable source
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High school students, teachers, and librarians are invited to join us as we learn to identify and combat misinformation. Participants will hear from leaders in misinformation research, communications, computer science, fact-checking, and more.
Want to host your own MisinfoDay?
We invite other colleges, universities, and organizations to host MisinfoDay in their own communities. We’ve provided our materials below for inspiration and hope you will reach out to us with questions or for support.
MisinfoDay 2019: Event Schedule, Presentation Recordings, and Workshop Plans
See what we did at the inaugural event.
MisinfoDay: Bringing Media Literacy to High School Students, Teachers, and Librarians
Read our article in Alki where we discuss our planning process, what students got out of the event, and what we will change for next year.
MisinfoDay 2020 Resources
Jevin West & Carl Bergstrom’s Calling Bullshit: Data Reasoning in a Digital World
- Course syllabus, video lectures, tools and case studies that teach students how to spot misleading information with a focus on data.
- Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Drive World
A general-audience book on how to spot and refute misinformation, especially the kind wrapped in data. Coming August 4.
Mike Caulfield’s SIFT fact-checking process: Courses & Materials
- Ctrl + F
Fact-checking course themed around the COVID-19 infodemic. Students can self-pace through the course online or teachers can access materials for leading activities here.
- Check, Please! Starter Course
Five-lesson course on fact-checking designed for college students.
- Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers
Free ebook that demonstrates how to fact check online information and includes examples and activities to use in the classroom.
MediaWise (Instagram: @mediawise)
Digital literacy project that uses social media and in-person events to teach teens to evaluate information online. The MediaWise Instagram account features teen fact-checkers who demonstrate how to verify current posts and headlines.
Other Resources Mentioned During MisinfoDay 2020:
- The News Literacy Project and their weekly newsletter The Sift
- Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) Civic Online Reasoning curriculum
- First Draft News
- “Why We’re Polarized” by Ezra Klein
Additional resources: Tools That Fight Disinformation Online
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