AIS Students Learn Disinformation Unwinding

Students at Ghana’s Association International School (AIS) are figuring out how to unwind disinformation to become protected and informed residents.

AIS Ghana serves Ghanaians and ex-pats inside Ghana, teaching students from ages 2 (pre-kindergarten) to 18 (twelfth Grade).

With 86% of Internet clients conceding that they have been tricked by counterfeit information, and a study by MIT researchers showing that bogus word gets out fundamentally quicker on Twitter than genuine news does, the school has become progressively mindful of the significance of showing its students how to unravel disinformation on the Internet and separate truth from fiction.

As head of the IT division, Jacqui Borteye made said, “the Internet is an incredibly powerful, wonderful tool. It has connected the world like never before. It’s brilliant, but it can also be a misfortune. Teaching students media literacy (using critical thinking skills to analyze media messages) is more essential now than ever. Not only will this help stem the flow of misinformation, but it will also help them become more informed and safe digital citizens.”

A significant section of the student groundwork for college and future careers incorporates the capacity to take clear, exact notes with references to dependable references, so AIS Ghana has been utilizing Britannica Digital to assist the students with figuring out how to separate truth from fiction.

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Borteye proceeds, “The Britannica website provides carefully curated information from more than 250 years of historical and current content from across the world. It comes in various formats from e-journals, videos, images, and news clips all with links to credible sources for the students’ citations. It is an ideal collection of content to help our students cut through the noise and discover factual information in engaging ways.”

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The students start the lessons on a specific subject or topic by exploring Britannica Digital for significant data. Whenever they have done this, they then access the more extensive Internet including Wikipedia and begin to investigate the plenty of other data out there on a similar subject. From here they can look into the data, giving an enthusiastic conversation and discussion on what is genuine and what isn’t.

Borteye closes, “We don’t step into political or religious beliefs. Our school is founded on firm Christian values but the foundations of our teaching are based on respecting other religions and beliefs and recognizing and being tolerant of each other’s views. It is only once we can understand what is purely an opinion, and what is dangerously inaccurate or misleading that we can start to demonstrate empathy, ethical behavior, and integrity.”

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