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Do you know of any resources for educators who want to help kids build skills in identifying and evaluating information this summer?

Data Literacy Families/Kids

A: Yes! So glad you asked! Tl; DR: The News Literacy Project just released a new (and free!) ‘Camp Fact-Check” kit that is designed to help educators build kids in searching for information, evaluating evidence, and assessing claims. Are you teaching summer school and looking for curriculum ideas that can boost kids skills in news Read more…

What resources are available to help train the next generation of Nerdy Girls (and Guys) to navigate misinformation?

Data Literacy Families/Kids Uncertainty and Misinformation

A: Whether you are a teacher or a parent, there are lots of resources available to help kids boost their skills in navigating misinformation. Check out a few we like below! 🔵 Checkology: a free e-learning platform from The News Literacy Project that offers interactive lessons led by journalists and other experts on topics including Read more…

What is a confounder (confounding variable) and why should I care?

Data Literacy

What is a confounder (confounding variable) and why should I care? — Tips for making sense of science Confounders (or confounding variables) are factors that are associated with both the “cause” and “effect” (or exposure and outcome) in a potential cause-and-effect relationship. If ignored, they can cause misleading results and conclusions. Common confounders include age, Read more…

Nerdy Girls Live 04/12/24: Fact-checking science-based claims.

Data Literacy Videos

Those Nerdy Girls and FactCheck.org talk about fact-checking science-based claims. Hosted by: – Lori Robertson: Managing Editor at FactCheck.org (@factcheck.org) – Chana Davis, PhD: Contributing Writer at Those Nerdy Girls (@thosenerdygirls) ➡️ 0:00 – 0:33 General welcome and intros ➡️ 0:34 – 2:21 Introduction to FactCheck.org ➡️ 2:22 – 3:46 Introduction to Those Nerdy Girls Read more…

Can the keywords you use in a search help you figure out whether a rumor or claim is legit?

Data Literacy Uncertainty and Misinformation

A: Yes! Being strategic about your search terms can help you more effectively identify credible, fact-checked information and avoid just bringing up a bunch of websites promoting the rumor or false claim. TL; DR: MediaWise recommends keywords include specific names or places, target the specific topic or claim, and help focus the results on credible Read more…

Are screening tests and diagnostic tests the same thing?

Data Literacy Reproductive Health Uncertainty and Misinformation

The Short Answer: Nope! 🙅🏾‍♀️ The goal of a screening test is to determine the likelihood of disease in a person who currently shows no signs or symptoms, while a diagnostic test detects whether (and what type of) disease might be present in someone with symptoms. While some screening tests can be self-administered at home Read more…

What is the framing effect?

Data Literacy Uncertainty and Misinformation

Tl;dr: The framing effect is a cognitive bias in which our choices are more influenced by how information is presented than the information itself. We can overcome the framing effect by purposefully rephrasing information to reflect both positive and negative aspects of the choice, separating the information from the razzle dazzle, and gathering as much Read more…

How can I boost my child’s immunity to misinformation?

Data Literacy Uncertainty and Misinformation

To help your child separate fact from fiction, teach them to: be skeptical, use credible sources, think critically, and embrace learning through science. Start early, and weave these lessons into everyday life. Back when we were young, we Nerdy Girls used encyclopedias, reference books, and textbooks to learn. These days, we are surrounded by a Read more…