Teachers guide to the BBC iReporter interactive game

This guide will allow you to further help students to explore and discuss the importance of checking sources, which sources to trust or not and the benefits and pitfalls of using social media to gather information.

Learning outcomes

  • Young people will question which sources are trusted sources, and how to carry out basic checks
  • They’ll have a greater understanding of the benefits and pitfalls around using social media sources, both as individuals and as journalists and news organisations

Preparation

  • Young people will need smartphones, tablets or desktops to play on
  • Get young people to play the BBC iReporter game as part of the lesson or as homework ahead of the lesson. Please note the game cannot be saved so students will need to try and complete in one go if they want to reach the end
Exercise 1: Use of social media for information
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Exercise 2: Using official sources
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BBC iReporter: Prompts for students
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Knowing who to trust
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Recognising fake news
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Checking the story
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Numbers and the tricks they play
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BBC iReporter: What would a journalist do? (Guidance for young people)
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Lesson 1: Real versus fake news
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Lesson 2: Sources and who to trust
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Lesson 3: Social media, images and data
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