Archive: Teacher Tip Tuesday: Avoiding Data and Science Misinformation in Today’s Messy Media Landscape, October 27, 2020

This panel presentation and discussion will explore the role media play in building scientific and mathematical understanding and the impact misinformation is having on how young people navigate their roles as both students and citizens.  The discussants will consider how best to evaluate the data and conclusions shared via mainstream and social media, especially in relation to the pandemic, the environment, the economy, and other current issues.  The session is designed to empower educators through both resources and techniques to deploy data literacy principles and media analysis. 

This event is a collaboration among The National Science Teaching Association, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Education Development Center, and the National Association for Media Literacy Education.



  • Educators gain new understanding of how media are impacting their students’ scientific reasoning and mathematical thinking
  • Educators have access to useful resources to integrate media literacy practices into their current instruction


  • John Lin, Student, Boston Latin School
  • Patrick Honner, STEM Ambassador, NSTA/NCTM
  • Mia Moody-Ramirez, Journalism Chair, Baylor University
  • Tony Wan, Managing Editor, EdSurge

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Below are comments from individuals who attended the seminar:

  • "I enjoyed hearing from different people especially a student in college and see how John connects back to social media and how to use it and be careful when using social media."
  • "I enjoyed that you had actual professionals telling their stories and answer questions. It made the information more meaningful."
  • "I really enjoyed the viewpoints, especially from the student, and all the practitioners in the chat who were contributing. I feel so strongly that students analyze media articles, but also the data behind them so they can draw intelligent conclusions for themselves. need to not only"
  • "It was fantastic. I loved John Lin's portion and hearing his take on credible sources and how to find them and evaluate them."

A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' account page for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

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Grade Levels

Elementary High School Middle School

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