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The Fake News Invasion: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News
August 8, 10:55-11:35am

Heidi Blais, Library Media Specialist, Cranston High School East

@CHSELibrary Website

  • Information Literacy, 5-12
  • ‚ÄčAudience cap: 40 

The Internet is filled with fake information sites masquerading as real news. Often it is difficult for students and adults to differentiate between what is real and what is fake. Even President Obama has recognized that fake news is a serious issue, stating, “If we are not serious about facts, if we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, than we have problems.” 

In this session, participants will be introduced to resources for teaching students about fake news, and will learn about strategies used in a collaborative unit about fake news.


Heidi Blais has been a library media specialist in the Cranston Public Schools for 21 years. She has been the librarian at several elementary schools, at Hugh B. Bain Middle School, and is currently the librarian at Cranston High School East. She was selected as the 2014 Cranston Teacher of the Year, and was one of three finalists for RI Teacher of the Year in 2015. In 2016, the Cranston East Library was selected as the RI Library of the Year. Heidi works collaboratively with Cranston East teachers in all subject areas, and recently worked with Cranston East ELL teacher Andrea Mueller to develop a unit to educate students about fake news.

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