Review on blog: How Savvy are Your Students?: 7 Fake Websites to Really Test Their Evaluation Skills

It is more than a matter of perspective!

How Savvy are your students? was posted 10 January 2017 by Michele Kirschenbaum.

First, you get a good laugh when reading what these fake websites offer.

Second, you introduce the websites to your students enrolled in your academic research class.

Third, you will hear serious discussions take place about the validity of the bogus claims!

Fourth, you will absolutely spend more time on research, source validation, keeping a research log and Fake news and the spread of misinformation.

Fifth, even when you spend a unit of study on the fake websites; why they are fake; how to spot their “fakeness”  – one student will NOT  be convinced and initiate a long, after class discussion with you!

Here is another interesting article on this phenomena:

“With Facebook, Blogs, and Fake News, Teens Reject Journalistic ‘Objectivity’”
Marchi, Regina. Journal of Communication Inquiry, 2012. doi: 10.1177/0196859912458700.


Author: drcowinj

As an Assistant Professor for TESOL and Bilingual Programs at Touro College, Graduate School of Education Dr. Cowin’s focus is on the Responsibility to Touro Students (Teaching), Responsibility to the Discipline (Scholarship), Responsibility to Touro College and Community (Service). Dr. Cowin strives to inspire students to be creative and to model the love of lifelong learning by inculcating the habits and attitudes that create agile mindsets. 21st-century learning extends well beyond the classroom, and Dr. Cowin incorporates takes full advantage of online learning technologies for L2 language acquisition and current global trends in teaching English as a Second Language She represents high levels of scholarship and participates fully in the larger world of TESOL academic discipline. Ongoing research, expressed in scholarly contributions to the advancement of knowledge is demonstrated through publication, presentation and participation in academic conferences, articles in Education Update, blogging and other scholarly activities, including public performances or exhibitions at conferences and workshops such as the Plekhanov University of Economics keynote address in 2018. Of special interest to her are The Blockchain of Things and its implications for Higher Education, Current Global Trends in Teaching English; Developing Materials and Resources in Teaching English – Methodology; E-learning & Micro-Methodology in Teaching English; and E-Resources Discovery and Analysis.

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