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Students learn to sort fact from fiction as an ‘infodemic’ spreads across the US

When Michelle Chikaonda decided to volunteer at a meal distribution site in West Philadelphia, she didn’t know she’d soon be helping teens sort through the vast mounds of information in the media about the coronavirus.

But she said she had been thinking about how students are also experiencing an “infodemic,” and that misinformation is “coming quicker than the truth.”

As a former mentor for Mighty Writers — a nonprofit after-school program that runs the meal site — Chikaonda was tapped to teach a “Conspiracy Outbreak” class, over Zoom, in which students are looking beyond headlines and examining their own beliefs.

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