WI+RE's Design Tools - WI+RE (UCLA) Learner-centered design The build something toolkit Empathy mapping, journey mapping, user feedback, and rapid-prototyping tools to help guide you through a learner-centered design process. All materials in this toolkit are CC BY 4.0: Brecher Cook, Dani, & Worsham, Doug. (2018, April). Let’s Build Something! News Use Across Social Media Platforms 2017 As of August 2017, two-thirds (67%) of Americans report that they get at least some of their news on social media – with two-in-ten doing so often, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center. This is a modest increase since early 2016, when (during the height of the presidential primaries) 62% of U.S. adults reported getting news from social media. While a small increase overall, this growth is driven by more substantial increases among Americans who are older, less educated, and nonwhite.
A little help from our academic friends: Five fine portals for instructional fodder Need a little inspiration for the coming school year? How about a few fresh strategies for energizing your information literacy instruction and preparing your secondary learners for their academic experience? A number of portals offer training and instruction for our students as well as a little retooling for us as professionals, all aligned with the ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, which, of course, resonate with our own AASL National School Library Standards. Here’s a little round-up of the portals designed to support critical information skills. 1. News Literacy - High School The universe of information we live in is a complicated web of messages with a mind-blowing array of sources, biases, and agendas. Help your students develop the mad news literacy skills they need with the resources in our hot-off-the-press News Literacy unit. Designed for the high school classroom, this unit teaches students to recognize high-standards journalism so they can make informed judgments about the information coming at them.
Available Lessons – New Literacies Alliance Reading Scientific Research Opens in a new windowAcademic research articles have a structure and language that is different from our other reading materials such as textbooks. This lesson can help students new to academic research understand these differences and learn strategies for finding information in such articles. Opens in a new windowThis lesson is also available in the Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online project database. Mapped to ACRL FrameworkOpens in a new window Mind Over Media: Analyzing Contemporary Propaganda (URI) This web platform provides an opportunity to explore the subject of contemporary propaganda by hosting thousands of examples of 21st century propaganda from around the world. Users can upload, examine and discuss examples of propaganda from our own daily lives. By examining propaganda, rating its potential impact, and commenting on it, people share their interpretations with others.
Learn to Discern: Media Literacy Trainer's Manual People are flooded with misinformation, disinformation, manipulative content, and junk information that drown out credible information. Our Learn to Discern approach teaches the skills that people need in order to identify and reject manipulative content and select credible, objective information. The Learn to Discern: Media Literacy Trainer’s Manual (PDFs in English and Georgian) is a curriculum for educators in formal and informal education environments. It provides step-by-step guidance and interactive exercises for helping learners of all ages recognize why and how manipulative content works and gain skills to reject half-truths, clickbait, hate speech, and fakes. These issues are especially important for preventing the spread of COVID-19 and preparing citizens for elections. Topics include:
Communication tips - For librarians - LibGuides at Gallaudet University Library The first step in communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing in a library setting is to determine the need. Some individuals will identify themselves as deaf or hard of hearing immediately. In that case, let the individual tell you the means of communication that works best for him. Others may be reluctant to identify themselves as deaf or hard of hearing. If an individual tilts his head toward you when you are speaking, speaks more loudly than usual, or just doesn't seem to understand you, she may not be able to hear you clearly.
Is This Story Share-Worthy? Flowchart GRADE LEVEL: Middle and high school TIME: Less than 30 minutes MATERIALS: Is This Story Share-Worthy? flowchart, either printed on large paper or displayed digitally (download); Is This Story Share-Worthy? worksheet (download); selections from Teacher Resource – Examples for Evaluating Online News (download); internet access Review the Is This Story Share-Worthy? Reclaiming Reference (Sari Feldman) I grew up without a local public library. The Ramapo Catskill Library System in New York provided bookmobile service to my small town, so I at least had access to recreational reading, but it was limited. When my sister, Myrna, learned to drive, my parents joined the Ellenville Public Library, and every other week we’d check out the maximum number of books to feed our voracious reading appetites. Growing up, libraries for me were almost exclusively places where I could find books I wanted to read. Years later, living in Madison, Wis., I came to appreciate the broader value of public library service.
Information Disorder: The Definitional Toolbox Over the past eighteen months, issues of trust and truth in the digital age have dominated discussion across industries and around the world. There has been a surge in conferences, reports and funding. However, despite this peak in interest in the subject, progress has been slow. One important realization yet to emerge is that shared definitions and terminology matter.