Informable, the News Literacy Project’s new app, helps users sort fact from fiction

WASHINGTON (Dec. 4, 2019)— Today the News Literacy Project (NLP) is releasing Informable, a mobile app designed to improve users’ ability to distinguish between several types of news and other information.

Developed for both adults and students, Informable helps users practice four distinct news literacy skills using real-world examples in a game-like format. It is available now for download, at no charge, from the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android).

Informable is intuitive and easy to navigate. It has four “brain training”-style modes, each with three levels:

  • Checkable or Not? (Is each item fact-based or opinion-based?)
  • Evidence or Not? (Does each item provide strong evidence for the claim it makes?)
  • Ad or Not? (Is each item advertising or something else — news, opinion, personal endorsement on social media, etc.)?
  • News or Opinion? (Is each item news or opinion?)

To advance, players must correctly identify at least seven of the 10 examples presented in each level. Points are awarded for accuracy and speed. Users can review their answers to learn more about each item and see why they were right or wrong.

Once users complete all three levels in all four modes, they encounter Mix-Up Mode, presenting random examples from all modes to simulate the information flow they might experience in real life. NLP will add new Mix-Up Mode levels several times a year.

“Informable is the perfect complement to our Checkology® virtual classroom,” said NLP’s founder and CEO, Alan C. Miller. “We wanted to find a fun way to give our students’ parents — and the rest of the public — an opportunity to develop new habits of mind that will improve their ability to separate fact from fiction. Studies have shown that as we get older, we may be more likely to share misinformation. This app can help all of us become more discerning about the information we encounter.”

For more than a decade, the News Literacy Project has provided middle school and high school educators with tools and materials to teach their students how to navigate the challenging and complex information landscape and recognize credible information on their own. With Informable, NLP is expanding beyond the classroom to offer educational resources to the general public.

Questions? Email NLP at [email protected].

About the News Literacy Project
The News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, empowers educators to teach students the skills they need to become smart, active consumers of news and other information and engaged, informed participants in our democracy. Learn more at newslit.org.

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