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Session Descriptions: Day 1 PM Block: Taft

  • Session presenters, offerings, locations, and/or schedule are subject to change
  • In some cases, target audiences have been identified, but all sessions are open to everyone

Fake News, Propaganda, and Hoaxes, Oh My!: Evaluating Information in 2017
August 8, 1:50-2:30pm
Alyssa Taft, School Library Media Specialist


  • Information Literacy, 9-12
  • Audience cap: 40
  • Participant devices (tablet, iPad, or laptop) are recommended but not required for this session

Our students interact with media and information every day, but do they possess the skills to critically evaluate the messages they receive? This session will focus on how to begin teaching the critical evaluation of media and news in your library or classroom, including fake news, propaganda, going beyond the CRAAP test, the role of information in a democracy, and freedom of speech. Lesson plans and multimedia resources will be available for participants to take back to their schools to begin teaching this increasingly critical topic to their students.

Alyssa Taft is a recent graduate of the University of Rhode Island where she completed her Masters of Arts in English and her Masters of Library and Information Studies with a K-12 School Library certification. Her professional interests include digital and media literacy, young adult literature, intellectual freedom, and information skills for democracy.

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