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Turning Your Students Into Web Detectives

Our students use the web every day—shouldn’t we expect them to do better at interpreting what they read there? Perhaps, but not necessarily. Often, stereotypes about kids and technology can get in the way of what’s at stake in today’s complex media landscape. Sure, our students probably joined Snapchat faster than we could say “Face Swap,” but that doesn’t mean they’re any better at interpreting what they see in the news and online. As teachers, we’ve probably seen students use questionable sources in our classrooms, and a recent study from the Stanford History Education Group confirms that students today are generally pretty bad at evaluating the news and other information they see online. Now more than ever, our students need our help. In a lot of ways, the web is a fountain of misinformation. Here’s a list of fact-checking resources you and your students can use in becoming better web detectives. Download a student-friendly version here. PolitiFact Snopes

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Creating videos for our library YouTube channel - Ian Clark - Medium A couple of years ago, I spent a great deal of time focused on developing our library’s YouTube channel. Previous to working on it, there were a few videos here and there, but we weren’t really using it as an effective tool to provide useful stuff for our students. A couple of years later, it was time for a refresh…so I thought I’d run through some of the things I’ve been doing to refresh the YouTube channel and highlight some things about creating videos. I’ve been experimenting more with creating videos over the course of the past year. This summer I even created a vlog of a trip to Scotland, teaching myself how to use iMovie on my laptop (which I discovered was actually way more sophisticated than the iOS version — I mean, it makes sense that it would be, but for some reason that thought never entered my head). Spark works as though you are creating a PowerPoint presentation and orientates the video around a series of slides.

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PRESS RELEASE FALL 2017 - Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository New Online Teaching Practices Added to Open Repository Orlando, Florida, US – November 29, 2017 – The editors of the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) are pleased to announce the new entries accepted for publication from the Fall 2017 TOPR Call for Submissions. Entries were received from faculty and designers in multiple disciplines from various institutions. The nine selected entries represent a diversity of approaches to designing online content, engagement activities, and assessments of learning.

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