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alexandrawaldie
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Good afternoon! 

Could someone direct me to science-related resources as it regards to bias and or misinformation? Any info is appreciated! 

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DrJMaui
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I came here looking for resources as well.  

 

A resource that I use with my own students is a fairly accurate comic (at least according to my own experience and from stories that I've heard from other scientists): http://phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=1174

 

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Kim Bowman
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Hi, @alexandrawaldie - Thanks for your question about science-related resources on bias/misinfo. I suggest checking out the new Viral Rumor Rundown blog. You can filter by topics like COVID-19 or vaccines to see some recent fact-checks of science-related misinformation. You might also want to check out NLP's "Making sense of data" series, created in partnership with SAS.

In terms of Checkology content, there is a preset course available called "Science" that goes over core concepts and skills in news literacy while emphasizing science themes in supplementary content (exercises, challenges and missions).

I hope this helps! Looking forward to seeing what other science-related resources NewsLit Nation educators are using.

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Kim

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alexandrawaldie
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Thank you for the response! This is very helpful. Could you give me more information regarding where I can find the preset course called "Science"? I'm having a hard time locating this. I am familiar with accessing the Checkology platform, but once I am there, I'm having a hard time locating this preset course. Thanks! 

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@alexandrawaldie Happy to help! To find the "Science" preset course in an educator account, click on "View/edit course" (or "Assign course" if none have been assigned to the class yet) for one of your Checkology classes, then click on "Change course." From there, scroll to the section titled "Presets by subject or skillset" and you should see a course named "Science" there with the option to view or assign. This help center article has some pictures to go along with my description here in case it's helpful.

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JillHofmockel
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Hello, everyone. In addition to the resources that Kim has pointed you to (I'm using the Checkology InfoZones lesson with Earth Space Science 9th graders next week, for example), there are some wonderful curricular materials available from the Civic Online Reasoning site developed by the Stanford History Education Group. You can also search their materials for the keyword, science. I will be using their lesson titled "Lateral Reading About Renewable Energy" with my 9th graders in the unit we are starting next Monday. This lesson focuses on practicing students' ability to spot potential misinformation by giving several real articles/sites for them to evaluate. The lesson includes a sample script for the teacher to use to model lateral reading (leaving a site to investigate its reputation and authority in the subject matter). You do have to create an account with COR to have full access to the materials, but like NLP, it is free. 

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