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AllSides

AllSides is a knowledge-centered tool that aims to expose media bias in news articles on trending topics (e.g., in 2022, trending topics included COVID-192022 Elections, Economy and Jobs, and Russia-Ukraine Conflict). AllSides rates media bias from a left, center, and right point of view. It encourages individuals to critically examine media and make it easier to see how left-, center-, and right-leaning media outlets use text and images in different ways to inform and persuade the public. It is a great tool for promoting constructivism in and outside of the classroom for students (and the general public). AllSides provides a media bias chart that can be useful for a variety of media literacy activities and critical analysis in classrooms. AllSides is a great tool for promoting critical thinking, better judgment, knowledge, and educative dialogues.

Tool Snapshot

Price

Free; Sustaining Membership (ranges from $49-$199 per year)

Learning

Constructivism

Ease of Use

★★★★✩

Privacy

★✩✩✩✩ 

Accessibility

★★★✩✩

Class Size

Unlimited

Login Required

No

ISTE*S

Knowledge Constructor

COPPA/FERPA Compliant

AllSidesl is not designed for minors and therefore AllSides doesn’t abide by COPPA

Price

AllSides offers free membership to the general public. However, if you desire a membership, then the price will depend on the contribution level you decide to donate to AllSides. These price ranges typically range from $49.00 to $199.00.  

Type of Learning

AllSides offers a constructivist approach to learning by encouraging students to enhance their knowledge about different topics by actively reading, interpreting, and making their own judgments based on different politically leaning news articles. 

Ease of Use

AllSides earned a rating of four stars for ease of use, because of how manageable it is to choose articles and access different sites. When learning about AllSides and how to navigate its system can be overwhelming and confusing, because of the number of advertisements and articles presented on its main page. However, it takes about five minutes to learn how to navigate the tool and access different resources within the tool. AllSides offers a FAQ that is focused on answering the questions and/or concerns that arise when using the site. Featuring a space in which individuals can express their concerns and/or questions makes their experience much more enjoyable. AllSides provides a brief overview video explaining how its website it’s organized. 

Privacy

AllSides was given a rating of one star for its privacy since it has failed to protect its guests, and children using the website, and it is not COPPA/FERPA compliant. AllSides states throughout their privacy policy that they are collecting personal information from their users. It does not matter if you are signed in with your member account or signed as a guest. The online tool fails to protect the privacy of its younger users. It does not provide the best wording on its children policy, therefore leaving it up to parents to approve whether they want their information to be given away to third parties and AllSides. They are not complying with the regulations of COPPA that are stated on their website. For more information about their privacy and children's protection, it can be useful to visit  “Privacy Protections for Children Using the Internet”. AllSides does have a section for California residents in which it has all the information for California Privacy Notice

Accessibility 

AllSides earned a three-star rating after testing, researching, and using the online accessibility checker for tools and apps. AllSides does not offer an accessibility statement on its website. Some of the images on their website were missing alt text or had descriptions that were difficult to read or followed along. When I conducted the no-mouse challenge, I was able to navigate the site with my keyboard with ease. Overall, Allsides has the potential for great improvement by fixing broken links, and alt text images, and adding an accessibility statement.  

Class Size

The class size for AllSides is unlimited since any student can access the site on their device. 

Login

AllSides does not require a login to use the site. If you have a membership - paid or free membership -  then you would have to login with your email/username and password. 

ISTE Standards

Knowledge Constructor is one of the main ISTE Standards for Students that AllSides aligns with. Students can construct knowledge about different topics and then use this knowledge to make their own judgments and develop their own perspectives on a variety of subjects. 

AllSides Online Tool Video 

**AllSides Online Tool Video Transcript**

AllSides & the SAMR Model

Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model offers a lens for examining how technology is adopted in a classroom. As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytic tool. 

AllSides Learning Activities

English  

Students can compare and contrast the similarities in bias that are presented in real-life media and novels that have been read and discussed in class. 

Science

Students will use AllSides to analyze the ways in which the issue of climate change is approached from a left, center, and right perspective. 

Social Studies 

Other

Resources

How to Use AllSides

  1. Go to www.allsides.com.
  2. Use the search bar to find specific tools. AllSides website showing user where to locate search bar with oval shape and arrows with words " search bar"
  3. Once a topic has been entered, it will bring you to a page in which you can select AllSides or web news articles. Once you have selected where you want the news source to come from, select the article most appropriate for your goal. 

    Using two ovals to show user the two options for " Search Allsides" or "Search Web"

  4. Scroll down to find a variety of articles from a left, center, or right perspective.
    1. Each article will have a small box indicating its perspective and level: 
      Using a rectangle and arrow to provide location for boxes that determines articles perspective. Next to the arrow is the phrase " left, center, right perspective".
  5. Use the three lines on the top right to access different resources. The lines contain categories with subdivisions to make it easier to look for your needsRed arrow pointing inside circle to location of AllSides menu with the words menu above arrow.
  6. Scroll down to the bottom of the webpage to access: 
    1. Terms of Use 
    2. Privacy Policy 
    3. Cookie Policy
    4. California Notice

Red square used to point out location of privacy policies, terms of use, cookies policies, and others.

Research

Aggarwal, S., Sinha, T., Kukreti, Y., & Shikhar, S. (2020). Media bias detection and bias short-term Impact assessment. Array, 6, 100025. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.array.2020.100025 

Gearhart, S., Moe, A., & Zhang, B. (2020). Hostile media bias on social media: Testing the effect of user comments on perceptions of news bias and credibility. Human Behavior and Emerging Technologies, 2(2), 140–148. https://edtechbooks.org/-gLH

Author

This page was created by Gabriela Rodriguez Lopez.

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