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Data & Media Literacy Assignments
Identifying Misinformation & Fact Vs. Opinion
A Bit of Framing
News and media literacy approaches (like those listed in the box above) often focus on the acquisition of individual skills (deciphering "real" news from fake news, for example). However, truly critical approaches take sociopolitical context into consideration, asking after issues such as
- media deregulation;
- filter bubbles;
- algorithmic bias;
- and more.
Asking students to engage with today's complex information landscape through only skills-based approaches to literacy – often sold as "solutions" – will likely miss the mark. Scholars encourage us to work with students to interrogate their own cognitive biases as well as the social construction of information. For more, see the Pfau Library's Critical Information Literacy Lab and check out social media scholar, youth researcher, and advocate Danah Boyd's What Hath We Wrought? (2018). See also Digital Disconnect: Fake News Privacy, and Democracy (2018 film available to CSUSB users through the Pfau Library),
Data Visualization: Social Explorer
US COVID-10 Data: This daily updated dataset allows you to explore and visualize COVID-19 data across the United States at the state, county, and MSA levels. Track the cumulative number of confirmed cases and deaths, the growth rate of the virus, the number of negative and positive tests, and much more on one convenient map. With daily updates and data provided by the New York Times and The Covid Tracking Project, receive reliable and accurate data every day with this new dataset.
Check out the "Teach and Learn" section to explore resources created by Social Explorer to inspire creativity, encourage hands-on learning, and equip your students with desired skills.