This module is addressed to educators who are interested in the field of fake news and political manipulation and its interplay with journalistic and scientific work. The main educational objectives of this module are to make youngsters aware how journalism is working, let them understand different scientific methods and support them in developing their critical thinking.
The educational approach of the module is experiential which means that it offers workshops that increase student’s awareness in how to deal with (fake) news items and how to understand the aims and the approach of people who post them.
Specifically, the module consists of three different chapters where each of them introduces the theorical framework of three different aspects: “Media, Fake News and Society”, “Media and Ethics” and “Media Discourse-Critical Discourse Analysis and Media Education”.
Additionally, the module suggests short presentations on behalf of the educators and encourages teamwork and the working group discussions. Some online applications are also suggested for making the course more attractive for students and their participation more active.
Fake or Not? Make your Choice
This lesson is structured around two activities: First, the students engage in a brainstorming and open discussion session around the topic of fake news and disinformation.
Second, they analyze actual Fake News themselves in which they aere supported by their educator. The youngsters also use the “Glass Room” online application and present their results to their peers.
Annotate your text
This lesson is structured around two activities: First, the youngsters work on an article that is promoting a clear political and societal perspective which they are asked to identify. Second, the youngsters analyze the linguistic and visual methods that are used by the author in order to support this political and societal viewpoint. Therewith, the youngsters get to know the power of text-based influence and manipulation attempts.
Create your own post
In this exercise youngsters reflect on values that are important to them in their everyday lives and connect this with their perspective on media coverage. Following an abstract brainstorming and discussion the youngsters put their words into practice and create their own blogpost which reflects their values.