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The Science Teacher’s editor shares thoughts on the current issue.
This was very interesting to read. I was surprised to read that children cannot tell between advertisement and real news. This is an eye opener for teachers to be aware of what students may encounter when a teacher assigns a student to do some research. Before the students can do some research, the teacher needs to teach the students how to know if the website is a credible source.
Rosalinda (Palestine, TX)
Very interesting article that discusses the faults in modern digital literacy and how the pursuit of science in the classroom can be useful for how students search online for information.
It brings up an important topic of confirmation bias and discusses the difficulties students are having in distinguishing fact from fiction on the internet. The article describes how 80 % of students in some cases couldn’t tell the difference between advertisements and real news. That is surprising but it makes sense in a time when there is so much information on the internet. To take the authors ideas further on how science and the thinking behind science can be a key to better prepare students, it would be interesting to have students search five or six different credible sites for a scientific question and have them compare the different answers given by each site. This could be an eye opener and keeps students making observations and exploring topics more thoroughly.