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High School

Lesson 5

Spread and Accuracy of Online Information: A Case Study Related to Vaccines

Students learn the difference between types of information and examine the ways that information spreads via social media networks. Students practice assessing the validity of social media posts using the “evaluating information toolbox” introduced in the lesson. The lesson concludes by having students reflect on how the spread of information on social media impacts science and medicine. 

Lesson Questions

  • How does vaccine-related information spread on social media? 
  • What type of vaccine information spreads more rapidly and why?
  • How can online information be evaluated?
  • How does the spread of information on social media affect science and medicine?

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