News can be very useful in the classroom, as they provide real language input, a connection to the real world, and, in the case of videos, they tend to be short enough to be listened to more than once. However, you can also create your own news, or even fake news (to discuss how easy it is to create and spread fake news on social media). Here are some of the resources that may be used:
- Read Write Think- Printing Press– online tool to create a newspaper: The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers. Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events.
- http://www.classtools.net/breakingnews/: write a headline, description, and pick a background picture- there you have your fake breaking news!
- Newspaper generator (can be downloaded as pdf)- allows longer headline and text, as well as a picture to illustrate your story. The date can’t be changed, though.
- Create a newsroom with a green screen, using TouchCast Studio, or Green Screen by DoInk: more here.
- Apps to create fake news
BBC iReporter: the BBC and Aardman (the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep) have launched this interactive game for teenagers. It illustrates the skills related to creating a piece of journalism, and discusses the importance of checking sources, which sources to trust or not and the benefits and pitfalls of using social media to gather information…