Sammy Maynard 2015-2016
Project Title: Fact or Fiction: Evaluating Scientific Claims in the Social Media Age
Learning Innovation Grant Recipient
In the age of highly accessible technology, information is merely a point and click away. As educators, the paradigm of teaching knowledge-level facts has become obsolete. It has been replaced by the overwhelming need to equip students with the scientific literacy skills to evaluate the steady stream of information that inundates our society. Therefore, I assert that the inclusion of authentic inquiry-based science lessons will optimize students’ levels of science literacy, directly influencing their abilities to systematically evaluate scientific claims in social media. This is the driving force behind Fact or Fiction: Evaluating Scientific Claims in the Social Media Age.