Five Resources to Help Students Recognize Fact vs. Fiction in Online Media

At the time when it comes to the literacy and is a collective level of inability to tell fact from fiction online, there is a lot of finger-pointing going on.


It is an only game that is developed and designed to help students practice identifying real and fake news stories. The 2020 version of the game offers features and stories about the Covid-19. To play tis Factitious game, all you need to do is to simply go to the site and select start. You will then see an article comes and appear on the screen. Just try to read through the article, click the source listed at the bottom, and then select either the green checkmark or redX to indicate whether or not you think the article is a real news story.

Bad News

Bad News is a website that provides simulations that show visitors how misinformation is spread via social media. On this website, all the players work through a simulation in which they attempt to build a Twitter following by spreading misleading news stories. Through the simulation, players can learn how headlines, Tweets and memes are designed to manipulate people and prompt reactions from them. The simulation also shows players how Twitter bots are being used.


Checkology is a utility service that is designed to help students develop those skills. Checkology provides interactive modules for the students to complete. Each and every module consists of between twenty and forty-seven instructional video clips and interactive comprehension checks. The four of the modules are titled Info Zones, Practicing Quality Journalism and Democracy Watchdog and misinformation.

Spot the Troll

Spot the Troll is a quiz game which was developed and designed by Clemson University’s Medial Forensics Lab as a way to educate people about deceptive social media accounts. Spot the Troll used to present players with eight social media profiles. As per on the basis of the clues in the profiles, players have to decide if the social media profile is genuine or a fake designed to spread misinformation. Players used to get instant feedback after making a guess at whether each account is fake or real. It does not matter, whether the player is correct or not, Spot the Troll provides an explanation of the signs that the account was fake or real.

Spot the Problem with These Headlines

Can you Spot the Problem with these catchy headlines is a Ted-ED lesson that walks students through the dissection of a couple of hypothetical news headline? By watching out the video, students can begin to understand how headlines are written to entice readers and how misleading headlines are created.

Chandan Kumar
New Delhi