Fake news – and the Pacific Northwest tree octopus (Octopus paxarbolis)


Each year I ask my Year 9 students as part of a “no talking”but open Internet test to get me three facts about the Pacific Northwest tree octopus (Octopus paxarbolis). About 80% of the class dutifully access Google and write down three facts, usually from  http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/ The remaining 20% soon work out that this is an elaborately staged hoax ie a fake web site. If nothing else, 2016 has demonstrated that students must be able to critically analyse sources of information…

“Students in the 21st century must be able to take information from multiple places and in a variety of different formats, determine its reliability, and create new knowledge from that information.” Source: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/reinventing_k12_learning/2016/12/three_great_resources_to_help_students_fight_off_fake_news.html?cmp=soc-edit-tw

This short article is worth a read.

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