Calling all teachers: we'd like your feedback
Our Ask for Evidence lesson plan has been going down a storm but we want to make it even better. To do that, we need teachers to tell us what [...]
Social media connects us to each other, but it also connects us to a world of rumours, myths, and misinformation. Learning to navigate this new landscape and think critically about what we encounter on it is a challenge for us all. No wonder that critical thinking has been identified as a key 21st century skill by the World Economic Forum among others.
Three years ago Sense about Science worked with pupils at Key stage 3 – 4 to develop an educational resource to give them the skills needed to critically assess claims online, and prevent the spread of unquestioned information.
In 2017, based on feedback from teachers and pupils, we’ve launched an updated version of the resource that:
The driving question is, ‘Where do news stories and claims about health come from, and how do we know if they’re true?’ It focuses on finding and understanding evidence. It could be summed up as, ‘critical thinking through scientific thinking’. It takes skills that pupils might learn in the lab, and shows how you can apply the same thinking to life online.
Please get in touch with any queries and let us know how you use it.
We've made a few short animations. Please watch and share them!