The article below has about the same credibility as POTUS's claim that the Coronavirus would disappear by Easter. It's an embarrassing piece of misinformation that flies in the face of piles of evidence.… @Mantzarlis
The best evidence for GenZ's ability to make sense of misleading content is a recent national survey of 3,446 high school students who were tested using a live internet connection. 2/8
Teens were asked was whether a grainy Facebook video showing alleged ballot stuffing (the video was actually shot in Russia) provided "strong evidence" of US voter fraud. A simple search pulls up Snopes, the BBC, and dozens of other sources instantly debunking the claim. 3/8
Over half of these "savvy GenZer's" fell for the ruse. It gets worse . . . 4/8
Two thirds (!) couldn't tell the difference between an ad and a news story on Slate's landing page. The words "sponsored content" went over the heads of most. 5/8

Unfortunately it doesn't end there, folks.
96% failed to link a climate change denying site to its backers, (e.g., ExxonMobil) a fact easily discovered by entering the organization’s name in a browser and reading laterally. (see…
see as well the awesome materials from @holden) ). .
Our research has been replicated by dozens and dozens of studies across an array of national contexts. There's too many to count, in fact. 7/8
@SHEG_Stanford has teamed up with MIT @mit_tsl to provide this FREE course. No charge to sign up--it starts today.…
No one has the answer for how we're going to get out of this digital swamp. Pretending our students already possess the wherewithal to see through anti-vaxxers, Holocaust deniers, & climate change cynics will only land them deeper into the swamp.…
One more thing: this little video from the amazing librarians at the University of Louisville, drawing on @SHEG_Stanford's concept of lateral reading, will save your kids much grief. Three minutes of your time, that's it. @robdetmering

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"Use Padlet! Use Jamboard! Use Hypothesis! Use PollEverwhere! Do polls in Zoom (warning--buy a 6-pack first and keep it next to you if you try this last one)." Yes, I was seduced with tech possibilities! 2/10
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Before you don sackcloth and ashes over the latest NAEP history results, take a deep breath.
Consider the baleful warnings from the first History-Civics NAEP in 1987-88
Or the "limited" performance of American youth on the eve of the 1976 Bicentennial
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6 Apr
“If it’s in the book it must be right."

An exercise on historical thinking for middle school students (also works for high school too).

[Episode 5, I think, of "Doing worthwhile things with your students during a tough time"] 1/16
This is an exercise about Mrs. Rosa Parks’s heroic decision to hold her ground when she boarded a bus on a fateful day in December, 1955, in Montgomery Alabama.

A simple factual question: where on the bus did Mrs. Parks sit? 2/16
On the surface seems like a pretty narrow question. But it’s a question about establishing fact. And facts these days are, well . . . at risk. So let’s look at what some textbooks say. 3/
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Why is teaching about historical context so hard?

(thread, followed by exercise for AP & college students) 1/21
Lots of reasons. For one, language.

Not a foreign language. One's own. 2/21
When we hear certain words, a “spread of activation” sets off in memory. Hearing a particular word (“giraffes”) or name (“Joe Exotic”) ignites associations. It happens. It’s automatic. We can’t stop it. 3/21
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What’s historical thinking? What’s “context”? A quick but worthwhile exercise for your high school and college students. 1/
Seeing words that evoke associations, but pausing long enough to think about the context in which they were uttered, ain’t easy.
Nor is it something that comes naturally to many of us (hmm… reminds of a book I once read)
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History teachers, from high school to college: Worthwhile things to do in the history classroom, Episode #1.

Assessment. I know, it’s dreaded word. Bad reputation well-deserved. 1/14
I’ve long been a critic of multiple choice tests. Wrong answers are called “distractors.” I didn’t become a teacher to distract kids. But that’s a story for another day. (I have written about it, however) 2/
What I want to talk about here is “formative assessment” (FA) a low stakes way for teachers from high school to college to get a quick sense of where their students are at. Easily adaptable for online learning. 3/
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