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Teaching Strategies About Source Credibility. Today’s digital era allows students access to an incredible wealth of resources.

Teaching Strategies About Source Credibility

However, even though an impressive extent of collective human knowledge is available at our fingertips, we have to admit there’s a lot of junk out there. As educators, one of the most critical teaching strategies we can use is how to evaluate the credibility of a resource. Terms like “Fake news” and “Alternative facts” have recently floated across our public discourse. Many people feel like if they don’t read the news, they’re under-informed, but if they do read the news then they’re misinformed. Perhaps Aldous Huxley’s fears from “Brave New World” are coming true, that important information is easily drowned out in a sea of irrelevance. Students aren’t born knowing how to evaluate the credibility of sources. Teaching Strategies: Four Broad Categories for Credibility. Teaching Copyright. As today's tech-savvy teens become increasingly involved with technology and the Internet for learning, work, civic engagement, and entertainment, it is vital to ensure that they understand their legal rights and responsibilities under copyright law and also how the law affects creativity and innovation.

Teaching Copyright

This curriculum is designed to give teachers a comprehensive set of tools to educate students about copyright while incorporating activities that exercise a variety of learning skills. Lesson topics include: the history of copyright law; the relationship between copyright and innovation; fair use and its relationship to remix culture; peer-to-peer file sharing; and the interests of the stakeholders that ultimately affect how copyright is interpreted by copyright owners, consumers, courts, lawmakers, and technology innovators.

Unit Goals. Your Digital Footprint Matters  "Your digital footprint paints a portrait of who you are as an educator, leader, school, or district.

Your Digital Footprint Matters 

Make sure it conveys your true values and work. " - Eric Sheninger In the age where billions of people have taken both their personal and professional lives online you better be cognizant of your digital footprint. Fake News: A Library Resource Round-Up. 3 Fast, Free Lesson Plans to Fight Fake News. The fake news epidemic is disturbing.

3 Fast, Free Lesson Plans to Fight Fake News

How do we fight it? Well, we can take a hint from how the medical community fights the flu or any other virus. We inoculate ourselves. Wisconsin Valley Library Service. A Handy Visual Featuring 12 Useful Chrome Extensions for Student Researchers. Will we now take information literacy skills seriously? I keep having to bite my tongue a lot late from muttering, "People are idiots.

Will we now take information literacy skills seriously?

" I am sure many are doing the same when they look at me. But there you are. The recent brouhaha over the term "alternate facts" makes it seem like everything people have been reading in the media and online has been true up until Trump was elected president. QuoteItWithMe: the free app for integrating quotes into your writing. Log In - New York Times. How To Google Like A Pro! Top 10 Google Search Tips & Tricks. 7 tips how to write a book review - BookLikes. Book blogs are different but they do have one thing is common, they share book reviews.

7 tips how to write a book review - BookLikes

And this means you're letting us, the readers, enter into your heads. Which is great, we get to know your thoughts without the superpowers! Sometimes, though, some extra powers are needed to write a good book review. We are curious what are your writing tips. Below we share several of ours plus several places on BookLikes to visit to add your reviews on BL. The following tips may be useful for regular BookLikers and BL newbies - welcome welcome :). Writing a book review tips: 1. Teaching Why Facts Still Matter. “You may think you are prepared for a post-truth world, in which political appeals to emotion count for more than statements of verifiable fact,” writes Margaret Sullivan, media columnist for The Washington Post.

Teaching Why Facts Still Matter

“But now it’s time to cross another bridge—into a world without facts. Or, more precisely, where facts do not matter a whit.” Because I teach American history, government, and journalism in high school, Sullivan’s words hit close to home. I spoke with my students about Mary Beth Hertz’s Edutopia post “Battling Fake News in the Classroom,” and I sensed that many of my students, while skilled at what Hertz fittingly calls “crap detection,” were still deeply troubled by what they characterized as a growing public aversion to the truth.

Integrating Technology and Literacy. When teaching with digital natives in a digital world, one question facing many educators revolves around integrating technology to help facilitate learning: How do you work technology into the pedagogy, instead of just using something cool?

Integrating Technology and Literacy

That task can be especially daunting in language arts literacy classrooms where reading and writing skill development is the crux of daily lessons. However, as 1:1 technology initiatives roll out, integrating technology into the classroom is our reality. With hundreds of sites, apps, Chrome extensions, and platforms available, choosing the right ones can seem overwhelming. As an eighth-grade language arts teacher, I've experienced this myself. Following are four tools that can help provide immediate formative assessment data as well as top-of-the-rotation feedback to help students develop personal learning goals.