In The Investigators, learners take on the role of their school’s online news reporter. They’re on a quest for the facts, and it’s their job to help peers and staff along the way.
Learners jump, dive, and fly through challenges as they meet different members of their school and travel through the world to find and evaluate information and sources.
Throughout their quest, they’ll encounter many ways to discover information. They’ll navigate inaccuracy, bias, and exaggeration, wading through it all to help their fellow students improve the school — and even solve a mystery!
This world challenges learners to cover three school news stories, each with its own information literacy lesson.
- Sustainability Score Plummets
Learners uncover the truth behind the school’s sustainability program, investigating the reasons for a drop in its environmental rating and how they can improve it. By reporting on this story, they’ll learn about the value of sources, why it’s important to get information from multiple sources, and the ins and outs of fact checking.
- New Sport Divides Campus
Learners conduct research to help determine which new sport the school should add to its curriculum. Throughout this story, they’ll discover why it’s important to get a full picture of the situation before making a decision, understand bias and manipulation, and explore the reasons behind fact-checking before sharing information.
- Electoral Candidate Hacked!
Learners cover the breaking story of a school presidential candidate whose account has been hacked. By solving the mystery of who did it and why, students will learn the importance of conducting their own research, understand content manipulation, and wrestle with the difference between fact, opinion, and deliberate falsehoods.
Each assignment builds on crucial components of information literacy to help students become informed, engaged, and resilient digital citizens.