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CTRL-F: Find the Facts is an online verification skills module designed to help students evaluate digital information and determine what to trust.




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What happens when we all see different news?

Explore the link between information and decision-making, with this engaging activity. Two social-media feeds present two very different pictures of a controversial issue. After reviewing their assigned feed, students choose sides through a vote, then discuss how the information they saw affected their choice.

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How it works

Step 1

Distribute the feeds

Create a class link to share with your class. The system will automatically assign one of two polarized feeds to each student at random.

Step 2

Hold the vote

After students have reviewed their feeds and formed an opinion on the issue, it’s time to hold a community referendum, through ballot or show of hands.

Step 3

Discuss and debrief

Share the results with students and ask them whey they made the choice they did.

The Scenario

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A solar-panel company wants to build a factory near the school, and the municipal council has decided to have a vote to determine whether to allow it to proceed. It’s your job to vote for the option that will be the best choice for the community.
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Who Decides What I See Online?

What is an algorithm, and what are filter bubbles? What are the consequences for democracy when news is personalized for individuals?

Experiential Learning

‘It was a very powerful activity because students were so shocked when they found out there were two different news feeds. It was one of those real-moment learning experiences when they realized how much their vote changed based on what they had seen’

—Kathleen Tayler, Fisher Park Public School, Ottawa

Supported by Tools and Teacher Guides

Feed for Thought is the central activity in the Informed Citizenship unit, where it is bundled with a lesson plan and other supporting materials.

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