NewsFeed Defenders

How can people learn to spot viral deception? Players do just that with the NewsFeed Defenders media literacy game. Scholars choose avatars and the focus of their news feeds: student life, health and wellness, or sports and entertainment. Their mission is to maintain a credible news site. They learn how to spot fake news, identify bias, and uphold the journalistic standards of accuracy, transparency, trustworthiness, impartiality, and focus. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Break the class into small groups and have each one design a poster to explain one of the rules of journalistic integrity
Classroom Considerations
  • Register for a free account to save progress
  • Actual time required may vary 
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Students can activate helpful tips as they play
  • Teaches critical 21st-century skills in a fun, interactive way 
Cons
  • None