4.7.c Sources of Online Media and Underlying Assumptions

4.7.c Support educators and students to critically examine the sources of online media and identify underlying assumptions.

Recognizing Confirmation Bias in Digital Age is critical for educators and students to examine online media sources and identify underlying assumptions.   

In my post, it listed steps for teachers to help students to confront confirmation bias by using examples in a lesson plan:  

  1. Define Confirmation Bias  
  2. Conceptualize Confirmation Bias with an Activity  
  3. Connect Confirmation Bias and Digital Citizenship  
  4. Develop Strategies to Overcome Confirmation Bias  
  5. Put These Strategies into Action  

I also shared strategies for students to improve their reasoning process from my research:   

  • If you have an opinion on a subject, assume that said opinion is wrong.  
  • When looking for evidence (inputs), look for evidence that may poke holes in the original point of view.  
  • The more input (evidence) you have, the more outputs (data, facts) you can produce.  
  • Verify that your information is coming from a reliable source.  
  • Always be willing to change your mind in the face of more evidence.