Students from high school in Seattle teach the community about how to recognize and fight the spread of false information.

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The world is overloaded with contradictory information and assertions. High school students from Seattle are eager to assist.

In the month of March, Ballard High School hosted MisinfoNight which was that was inspired by MisinfoDay which is an annual event held at the University of Washington that started in the year 2019 and lets high school students to the campus of a college to receive information from faculty as well as students and librarians on how to spot and fight the spread of false information.

MisinfoNight changes the game and provides the students at high schools and their teachers the chance to not only understand more about how to navigate the modern information landscape, but also share information with their parents and other people in their local community.

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“MisinfoNight has brought me to the forefront of the research I read on the internet,” said Kennedy Jensen the incoming senior from Ballard High. 

The technique was devised in the hands of Mike Caulfield, researcher at the University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public and a specialist in digital literacy who delivered the keynote speech at MisinfoNight.

Caulfield was impressed by the student work. They showed how to go about disproving a rumor on the internet; Others focused on explaining the algorithms used such as confirmation bias, more.

“The student are experts of their communities They know what will be a hit with their community as well as their peers, parents,” Caulfield told Business Headers.  

Shawn Lee, a social studies teacher at Ballard High School, helped in the planning of the event following his participation at MisinfoDay in the UW.

“We live in an information-based environment that is unlike anything else in the history of mankind. And we’ve not taught our students or ourselves on how to manage the system,” Lee said. Lee described the event as a service for the community since it stops the propagation of false information inside the communities.

Lee joined forces together with Liz Crouse, coordinator of the program of The UW Center for an Informed Public and Liz Crouse, program coordinator at the UW Center for an Informed Public to make literacy education available beyond the MisinfoNight event. They created an entire three-week course which will teach students about the use of social media and confirmation bias, as well as algorithms for social media, and fact-checking. They also have hosted a number of sessions over the past three years to teachers.

The goal is to bring MisinfoNight to other high and middle schools across the nation. They’ve already seen positive results through an organization that they co-founded, Teachers for an Informed Public that brings together librarians and educators in helping in the introduction of media literacy programs to more schools and communities.

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