Teaching news literacy in the social media age
We’ve been hearing a lot lately about the problem of fake news stories and how they might impact our impressions of the world. Imagine: if it’s hard for adults to spot fake news stories, then how hard is it for students?
Turns out: VERY HARD.
Let’s look at some resources for helping students determine when a source is truly credible or not.
Modeling twitter interactions as an educator and parent
With twitter’s explosive growth in popularity with educators, it can get a little confusing as to what the new rules of social media look like. Hint: they’re a lot like the old rules. Kindness, empathy and listening rule the day.
Let’s look at how one educator and parent models twitter etiquette.
To follow or not to follow… that is the question.
Oh Hamlet, you would be so perplexed on this one!
I’m sometimes asked this question as the mother of an Instagram-using 12 year old myself. Parents of young adults often are conflicted about making this choice – at least, if your child is connected to social media – and likely, he or she is.
If your child does interact with others on social media platforms, how should you guide, monitor and support their presence on social media?
7th graders learn video as reflection tool
When I sat down to work with my students on digital citizenship and literacy, I wanted to do something different. These are 7th graders coming from lots of different schools, different levels of understanding, different exposure to the concepts of digital citizenship and I was trying to think of some way to have them understand digital citizenship as something more than no online bullying and no plagiarism. They’ve heard that before.
I wanted to really get them to see how digital citizenship was part of their everyday lives – now – and to make them want to delve into it.
When to put the device down
Photo by Brian Dewey, CC 2.0.
Let’s face it, it’s a challenge to balance technology in our lives; but it’s essential.
Parents and adults need to guide their young adolescents and children towards developing this balance. Arguably, we don’t have good technology habits ourselves, but the modeling and mentoring of developing a healthy relationship with technology is a critical role for parents.
School approaches to filtering internet content
As social media,Youtube, and gaming become more educationally relevant, how do we leverage their educational potential while keeping student data safe and teaching them digital citizenship?
Lock it down! “We need to keep everyone safe.”
Open it up! “It’s how the real world operates.”
I’ve heard strong arguments for both sides of the coin and have seen successes and challenges in both cases.
Approaching student digital citizenship from many levels
Our students live in technology-rich worlds, regardless of how much technology they are using in school on a day-to-day basis. Technology has all kinds of awesome educational benefits, but Uncle Ben’s advice to Spiderman is fitting here: “With great power comes great responsibility.” As educators we’re obliged to help students use technology appropriately and safely.
edmodo vs Schoology, digital badges and how to leave a great comment
5th grade Peoples Academy Middle Level teacher Hannah Lindsey returns this week with a look at what it’s really like to use an LMS with students. She sat down with Mark Olofson to talk about her experiences with edmodo and Schoology in the classroom.
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Learning on and off-line civics
Whenever I taught civics, I repeatedly told my classes that I would measure my success as a teacher on how many of them were voting in elections in five years. Of course, I had no way to measure this, but it was one of my most concrete goals of teaching a civics course.
This was my definition of active citizenship. It was based on an earlier definition of citizenship, before I had fully integrated the lessons from Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat into my classroom. While globalization has made the world flat, it is really technology I see as having expanded the definition of active citizenship and the opportunities to engage in citizenship.
Moderated by Franklin West Supervisory Union superintendent Ned Kirsch (@betavt), the #vted twitter chat takes place every other Wednesday from 8-9pm EST, and covers a wide range of topics. This time? Digital citizenship. Next time… you tell us! What do you want to talk about at the next #vted twitter chat?
One hour, seven questions, 20 Vermont educators and for the 2nd time in a row, students! Check out how they dealt with digital citizenship…