Five reasons why you should come to our Bett talk on digital criticality

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Can you spot a fake news story? Can you teach somebody else how to? We all need to approach the online world with a critical mindset and our Bett talk will explore what that means in an age of deep fakes, fauxtography and deliberate disinformation spreading swiftly across social media.

How do children make sense of their digital life both in school and out? And how do we as adults navigate our own pathway through the forest of fact, fiction, fanaticism and fantasy and guide our pupils by appealing to fun rather than fear? Our Bett talk will shine a light.

TRAILER – Fact or Fake: developing critical learner in the digital age (Bett Show 2019 talk) from LondonCLC on Vimeo.


Here’s why you should come along to the Bett Arena on Friday 25 January 13:30 -14:00 and find out more.

  1. It’s essential

Having the skills to be critical about information that’s encountered online has never been more important. We believe that enabling and empowering critical and discerning learners is an essential activity for the classroom, not a bolt-on option.

  1. It’s timely

Only 2% of children have the critical literacy skills they need to tell if a news story is real or fake, according to the National Literacy Trust Fake News Commission. The research also found that half of children are worried about not being able to spot fake news and half of teachers believe that the national curriculum does not equip children with the literacy skills they need to identify fake news.

  1. It’s practical

In the talk we will explore some practical ways to engage children in critical evaluation of digital information in a range of contexts, supporting their learning and development both as consumers and creators of content of all kinds.

For example, in our workshops, through discussion, we encourage children to learn to question what they see – whether it’s a photoshopped image or an unofficial website  pretending to be the ‘real’ one – and start to unpick the layers of truth and reliability they come across online. A key feature of our workshops is enabling children to create their own spoof news stories using HTML, demonstrating just how easy it is to publish something that can look convincing.

  1. It’s relevant

Sometimes colleagues are surprised to see that most of the National Curriculum subjects do in fact mention a ‘critical’ approach in their purpose of study and aims, but this isn’t always to the fore in subject content. This presents an opportunity to strengthen this element making links across subjects and focusing particularly on what’s special about digital.

  1. We are experts

We know what we’re talking about! London CLC is part of a newly formed News Literacy network with national partners such as the Guardian Foundation, the Economist Education Foundation, the PSHE Association, First News, The Day and other providers. We have been ahead of the game in recognising the importance of this topic, running fake news workshops with children and CPD session with teachers over a number of years. We will be drawing on that depth and breadth of experience in this talk.

  • Convinced? We’ll be in the Bett Arena on Friday 25 January 13:30 -14:00 with Fact or fake? : Developing critical learners in the digital age



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Special project in collaboration with First News Education

For a third year, building on two successful previous projects, we are once again partnering with the children’s newspaper First News, fellow member of the national Making Sense of Media and News Literacy networks. This special project with a literacy, PSHE and citizenship, as well as computing focus, highlights our specialist interest in this important aspect of digital and critical literacy.

The News Project will enable participating classes from year 5 to immerse themselves in news and current affairs using First News and the Bett award-winning First News iHUB, which will be provided free of charge during the school-based part of the project over a six week period. Under the guidance of their teacher, pupils will be supported in their development as a community of fully informed news readers. Classes will test their new critical skills and knowledge in the culminating virtual celebration event which will include a news competition and team-based critical literacy and editorial activities. After the event, schools will be able to use the resources from the day in their school.

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