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6 Ways to Tell If a Viral Story Is a Hoax

6 Ways to Tell If a Viral Story Is a Hoax
“And so it begins … ISIS flag among refugees in Germany fighting the police,” blared the headline on the Conservative Post; “with this new leaked picture, everything seems confirmed”. The image in question purported to show a group of Syrian refugees holding ISIS flags and attacking German police officers. For those resistant to accepting refugees into Europe, this story was a godsend. The photo quickly spread across social media, propelled by far-right groups such as the English Defence League and Pegida UK. At the time of writing, the page claims to have been shared over 300,000 times. The problem is, the photo is three years old, and has precious little to do with the refugee crisis. But news in the digital age spreads faster than ever, and so do lies and hoaxes. But ordinary people are also starting to take a more sophisticated approach to the content they view online. Reverse image search YouTube DataViewer Jeffrey’s Exif Viewer FotoForensics WolframAlpha Online maps

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The Semmelweis Reflex: Why does Education Ignore Important Research? In 1846 the general hospital in Vienna was experiencing a peculiar problem. There were two maternity wards at the hospital but at the first clinic, infant mortality rate was around 16% while at the second clinic the rate was much lower, often below 4%. Mysteriously there were no apparent differences between the two clinics to account for this. Where should you draw the line between your personal life and your teacher identity? On Tuesday, I get tattooed for the seventh time. Some would say it’s the teenage rebellion I never quite grew out of. But then, at 32 and with a similarly tattooed spouse (and a mother who I’m convinced will get her first by the end of the summer) I’ve not really got anyone to rebel from. So, perhaps it’s a rebellion not from "who" but "what"? Like most schools, our policy is for staff and students to have no visible tattoos. Could this be my attempt to distance myself from the seemingly sterile confines of my school identity?

What does research-informed teaching (RIT) look like? Excellent teaching goes hand in hand with excellent research. This blog prepared by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and University Alliance, ahead of its workshop event with senior university practitioners and key higher education stakeholders, explores the latest thinking on research-informed teaching and what it looks like. Diversity is a strength of our higher education sector – and research-informed teaching can vary widely. Promoting excellent teaching whatever its form enhances the student experience, improves student employability and enriches the research culture. Read the full What does research-informed teaching look like? booklet here.

No time for social media? Build an online presence in just 5 minutes a day Building a social media profile does not have to take a lot of time, but it has to take lots of times explains Tristram Hooley Social media is a powerful tool that can help to drive your career forwards. People with strong online footprints are easier for employers to find. Building an online presence allows you to tell the world about why you are great and worth employing. If you leave it to others to tell your story you may find that the only information available about you online provides technicolour detail about a party that you attended in 2011. An increasing number of employers are using social media to find new employees and to help with shortlisting and selection.

Polis – The role of Emotion in the future of Journalism Below is an extract from the new essay in the Social Media and Society Journal by Charlie Beckett and Mark Deuze. Read the full article here. In the context of a changing media culture, the omnipresence of technology and media in everyday life as people’s lives are increasingly lived in media, and the emergence of journalism as a profoundly precarious profession, we see both a challenge and an opportunity for journalists. 6 really practical ways to protect your privacy online Before we start, a word of caution. If you’re a journalist or activist, or if you believe you might be personally targeted for electronic surveillance, you need a comprehensive digital security plan. Please consult a digital security expert and do not rely on any one app to protect your information. 1. Update your apps, computer and phone When you receive a notification to update the software on any of your devices, you should almost always do it straight away.

Making a game for a Library – Medium A library can easily and should very well be a place of discovery, collection, curation and learning. In many ways, facets of the traditional library user experience are analogous to games and that’s what I’ve been interested in for a few years, since 2007 to be exact. One manifestation of it has been Librarygame and this is the abridged story of how one small company turned this idea into a living and breathing product. Observing Libraries and their game like qualities If you spend your time designing for entertainment and education, Libraries present themselves as really interesting interactive systems which are worth exploring. With a cursory glance and even a shallow understanding of how libraries work, you can draw parallels between libraries and games.

On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog - Wikipedia Peter Steiner's cartoon, as published in The New Yorker History[edit] Peter Steiner, a cartoonist and contributor to The New Yorker since 1979,[5] said the cartoon initially did not get a lot of attention. Parents Of Nasal Learners Demand Odor-Based Curriculum COLUMBUS, OH–Backed by olfactory-education experts, parents of nasal learners are demanding that U.S. public schools provide odor-based curricula for their academically struggling children. A nasal learner struggles with an odorless textbook. "Despite the proliferation of countless scholastic tests intended to identify children with special needs, the challenges facing nasal learners continue to be ignored," said Delia Weber, president of Parents Of Nasal Learners, at the group's annual conference. "Every day, I witness firsthand my son Austin's struggle to succeed in a school environment that recognizes the needs of visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic learners but not him."

Bursting the Facebook bubble: we asked voters on the left and right to swap feeds The 2016 election took place under the spectre of a bubble. Not the subprime mortgage lending bubble that shaped the 2008 election, but the “filter bubble”. Tens of millions of American voters gets their news on Facebook, where highly personalized news feeds dish up a steady stream of content that reinforces users’ pre-existing beliefs. Facebook users are increasingly sheltered from opposing viewpoints – and reliable news sources – and the viciously polarized state of our national politics appears to be one of the results.

Evidence Based Educational Leadership: The start of the school year and the return of the Zombies As the start of term approaches, school leaders will be preparing a range of INSET and CPD activities designed to support the latest initiatives. Unfortunately, many of these initiatives – be they about about teaching and learning or school leadership or management - will be the product of the latest or management or education fad. However, it's not just management fads that we have to look out for, we also need to aware of zombie ideas - ideas which are still being used despite being disproved by the evidence. So the rest of this post will explore first, the nature of zombie ideas; second, provide some examples of zombie ideas which are still in circulation; third, suggest how to protect you and your school from being 'infected' by zombie ideas. What are zombie ideas? Writing after the 2008 financial crisis, Australian economist John Quiggin published Zombie Economics describing how and why economic ideas, which have been disproved by the evidence still seem to hold sway.