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"Fake Facts", Connected, Level 4 – Seeing Beyond, November 2019

14 November 2019

Front page of article with drawing of an egg

This article addresses the issue of fake news. Digital technology creates huge opportunities for us to create and share information but also exposes us to information that can be false or can do harm. The article encourages students to take a critical gaze on information and suggests strategies for evaluating what information is based on facts and worth sharing.

You can find the article and the teaching notes here:

"Fake Facts", Connected, Level 4 – Seeing Beyond, November 2019

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Discussion questions

These could be class discussions with teacher guidance.

  • Explore different types of digital information outcomes that students are familiar with. Determine the proper function of these from an analysis of both the design intent that drove the outcome’s development as well as how it is most commonly used. 
  • How have these digital technology outcomes been used by end-users for purposes other than what they were originally designed for?
  • Discuss information students maybe sharing as they develop digital outcomes. How can they ensure, as critical thinkers, that this information is true and accurate?

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technological outcomes 
  • explain the proper function of existing technological outcomes
  • explain how technological outcomes have been successfully used by end-users for purposes other than what they were originally designed for.
Technological area  Progress outcome
Designing and developing digital outcomes PO2: In authentic contexts and taking account of end-users, students make decisions about creating, manipulating, storing, retrieving, sharing, and testing digital content for a specific purpose, given particular parameters, tools, and techniques. They understand that digital devices impact on humans and society and that both the devices and their impact change over time.

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