Help your students find reliable news sources
A recent Stanford University study showed that students at all grade levels have difficulty determining reliable news sources. The study showed that while students absorb media constantly, they often lack the critical thinking skills needed to tell if their news source is reliable. Two MIEs and Skype Master Teachers, Scott Bedley (California, USA) and Todd Flory (Kansas, USA), teamed up and invented “The News Challenge.” If your students like playing Mystery Skype, they are going to love this new Skype game!
斯坦福大学最近的一项研究表明，所有年级的学生难以确定可靠的新闻来源。研究表明，虽然学生不断地吸收媒体，但他们往往缺乏必要的批判性思维技巧来判断他们的新闻来源是否可靠。两密斯和Skype的大师老师，Scott Bedley（加利福尼亚，美国）和Todd Flory（堪萨斯，美国），联手发明了“新闻挑战。“如果你的学生喜欢玩神秘的Skype，他们会喜欢这个新的网络游戏！
News in the classroom
If you’re in a classroom and expecting your students to be able to navigate news, consider that researchers from Stanford University found that during the 2016 U.S. presidential election over 35,000,000 unsubstantiated news articles were shared on social media platforms. Students now have access to more information and media content than at any other point in history. So, how can we as teachers address this in an engaging way, which provides a purpose beyond the fact that we’ve assigned our class an activity to identify reliable news online? Through play!
Image of classroom of students participating in a Skype for the Classroom session.
“The News Challenge” over Skype
Imagine a game where the teacher presents an article found on the web or a print-out to the class. Students research and choose two real news stories and create their own false news story to challenge another group of students via Skype. The opportunity to choose reliable news stories of interest and the creative freedom to invent their own story excites students while increasing their skill of discerning credible news sources. The News Challenge can be found on the Microsoft Educator Community. Scott Bedley and Todd Flory developed a guide with instructions, tips, and tricks on how you can take your class through the process of developing the ability to become discerners (having the ability to judge well) in this engaging, collaborative game.
想象一个游戏，老师在网上展示一篇文章，或者打印给全班同学。学生研究并选择两个真实的新闻故事，并创建自己的虚假新闻故事，通过Skype挑战另一组学生。有机会选择可靠的新闻故事和创造自己故事的创作自由，这会激发学生们提高识别可靠新闻来源的能力。新闻挑战可以在微软教育家社区中找到。Scott Bedley和Todd Flory开发的指示，提示和技巧的指导，你可以带上你的课通过发展成为discerners能力的过程（有判断的能力）在这个引人入胜的、协作的游戏。
Image of smiling students huddled around a laptop computer and participating in the News Challenge over Skype.
So, if you want to continue your students’ process in developing their critical thinking skills, consider connecting on Skype and playing The News Challenge—it will not only engage your students but it will develop their critical and communication skills. The only regret you’ll have in adding this to your class time is that your class may start fact checking you.
Take up the challenge with your classroom and add some gamification to your lessons!
Teachers—Break down the walls of your classroom with Skype in the Classroom. If you are new to Skype, get started with an introductory call with one of our Skype Guide live connections, or take the Introduction to Skype in the Classroom course. You can also create your own Skype collaboration: take the Skype collaboration course and get ready to connect your students with classrooms around the world!