Session 6: infodemic reflection

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Join Tom and Olivia for this week's session. In this video, we'll walk you through each activity, give examples and hints, and then ask you to pause and complete the activities in your own time. Check it out!

Scroll down for all of the activities from this session.

STEP 1

Use the time this week to complete your information pull-outs. When you have finished, make sure you upload it as a FINAL PIECE. Check out posts from other BNC members. You could ask yourself: what ideas from this could I combine with my own top tips to improve my work?

CHALLENGE: could you write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to convince them to publish your pull-out? Write it in the comments section below your post!


STEP 2

Have a go at these reflection questions:

  1. How did you use each of the news-literacy skills during this Issue: speaking, listening, problem-solving and creativity?
  2. Which of these skills is the most important for navigating the news? Why?
  3. Where have you seen examples of these skills in the news about covid-19 vaccines?
BNC Skills 2020 Descriptions
  • What are the most important points to communicate about the covid-19 infodemic?
  • What different perspectives have you considered in this Issue?
  • What would the consequences be if nobody learnt news-literacy skills?
  • What could you do to help other people you know practise our news-literacy skills?
  • What have you learned about numbers in the news?
  • How can statistics help us? How can they confuse us?

Want to take your conversation further? Take a look at the question cards below. You can pick some of these and try to answer them about the infodemic (the questions start off easy and get harder as your work through them!)

Over to you!

Head to the comments section below to share some of your thoughts on the activities and see what club members in other schools think.

Comments (8)

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg dedicated_starfruit | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
    29 Mar 2021

    I thought this topic was very intresting because it has taught me actually how much news spreads! I can not believe that 90% all reported news is negative.I also learned that scientifically, our brains are most likely to respond to unhappy news because it raises awareness for people. I love the weekly competition! Thanks Burnet news Club!

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Carlos Hidalgomora @ KPMG
      dedicated_starfruit's comment 06 Apr 2021

      Hi dedicated_starfruit, what skills would you consider more important for reading the news after these sessions? and why?

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg shining_journalist | Upton Cross Primary School
    29 Mar 2021

    Hello shining_journalist I hope you are doing well and staying safe these are my opinions from this s
    I believe this topic was such an interesting subject to look at as we are in the pandemic we get lots of information and also it’s because many of us stayed at home and we found so many things it’s also so hard to believe that most of our news is negative we rarely get any good news because of coronavirus we normally get the news of death rolls and how many people died also what is going on with the situation of the vaccines.
    I’ve learnt many things about social media while learning this topic as that we really can’t rely everything on social media.
    Thank you for reading
    -shining_journalist💜

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    1. Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg dedicated_starfruit | Boutcher C of E Primary School A
      shining_journalist's comment 30 Mar 2021

      Statistics are important as many people need to know if 90% of the reported news is negative or 7% of the population think that the media have made the pandemic better because people need to know what is going on and either protest against it for a good reason or support the campaign for a good explenation.

      By dedicated_starfruit

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg decisive_redcurrant | Michael Faraday School
    05 Apr 2021

    I really enjoyed this topic has told me so much about the Covid situation and about I NFODEMIC Since the start I could say that I was an expert on the topic and I wasn’t getting much stars but now that I’ve read more on the session and you and Tom explaining that it has honestly helped me so much to understand the differences between the pandemic to INFODEMIC It has also helped me that too much information can be good and too much information can be bad that’s why in terms of news if something is too much information we use the word INFODEMIC although this word might not be used a lot this one has really helped me understand that too much needs to be classified as this word I think that I have used problem-solving and creativity within this topic also I think that some of the skills that could be important to navigate the news would be listening and creativity
    Creativity
    The reason I think that creativity Is because creativity is similar to problem-solving because you have to use your creative mind to solve problems also can help loads of people navigate to the news is because we thinking about the coronavirus and an example is the scientists have used their minds and their creativity to develop a vaccine that could help us coronavirus is a huge problem and we need To use our minds to he the whole world recover from this disease and this is what the scientists have done
    The scientist’s have created two types of vaccines named the Pfizer vaccine and The Oxford vaccine these vaccines have been used all over the world and the UK are now shipping some of those vaccines to poorer countries which is really good this is why I think we could use creativity to get out of the coronavirus
    Listening
    We definitely need to use a lot of listening skills to help us get out of the virus as there has been a lot of fake news going around about the coronavirus for sample people are saying teachers have to get vaccinated to be able to teach which is false Boris Johnson assumed that but he never said that was a Law he never said that had to be done you need to do a lot of listening to be able to find the true facts about something especially as it can make people panic people really scared in general I really hate fake news because When someone has just had the fake news they’re more likely to Share that fake news on social media and that news that is big is gonna keep on going on and on tillsomeone in the houses of Parliament declared that that is fake honestly to not find fake news I suggest that you go to a well-known website and find the news information there

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Carlos Hidalgomora @ KPMG
      decisive_redcurrant's comment 07 Apr 2021

      hey decisive_redcurrant, Thank you for sharing your full view on the lessons learned and the skills for reading news. I just would like to encourage you to broad a bit more the view you have on creativity. From your view, it seems creativity is more visible in the scientists rather than ourselves. What kind of examples can you give to see the creativity in the people who are not in the science? and how you see their creativity?

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg discreet_drum | Upton Cross Primary School
    05 Apr 2021

    I used all the skills in everything to do with this topic but I applied them more in competitions, posts and my final piece so I can look at the topic from different angles by coming up with all sorts of inquisitive questions to ask myself to find out new knowledge and facts to share with the BNC including others outside it to take discussions further in depth. Overall, I think that I used creativity more because I’m very creative with anything I do, including competitions entries, general comments or posts. I’ve seen examples of the skill; problem solving in the news where they decided further steps for vaccines.

    What are the most important points to communicate about the covid-19 infodemic? - People are saying it’s not dangerous even though they know it’s not true and it could spread misinformation really quickly by making up rumours and lies which people believe.

    What different perspectives have you considered in this Issue? - Some people say infodemics isn’t a problem and that it’s not dangerous and that there’s no need for lockdown, others say the opposite and that we should stay in lockdown until covid is eliminated.

    What would the consequences be if nobody learnt news-literacy skills? - people’s ideas and opinions would be basic and the same and they also wouldn’t be able to express them clearly and engage enough for people to listen. We also wouldn’t know how to think of solutions to solve problems.

    What could you do to help other people you know practise our news-literacy skills? - we could show them what each skill’s purpose is so they understand what to do while practising. We could also ask them questions to make them explain what they’re saying further in depth.

    What have you learned about numbers in the news? - The main thing I’ve learnt about numbers in the news is that they can be both helpful and confusing but it depends on your understanding.

    How can statistics help us? How can they confuse us? - They can help us by giving us the story, for example, How many people have got the virus, what are future steps? Statistics can be confusing because lots of people don’t understand the numbers in the news because they don’t realize how the news got that number.

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    1. avatar.jpg EXPERT: Phillipp Ershov Trainee @ Clifford Chance
      discreet_drum's comment 14 Apr 2021

      Thanks for this comprehensive reply @discreet_drum. I just wanted to explore something you said. You say people are saying [the virus] is not dangerous even though they know it's not true. Do you have examples of this, for example people in the news who say the virus is not dangerous even though they know it is?

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