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8 must-reads detail how to verify information in real-time, from social media, users

8 must-reads detail how to verify information in real-time, from social media, users
Over the past couple of years, I’ve been trying to collect every good piece of writing and advice about verifying social media content and other types of information that flow across networks. This form of verification involves some new tools and techniques, and requires a basic understanding of the way networks operate and how people use them. It also requires many of the so-called old school values and techniques that have been around for a while: being skeptical, asking questions, tracking down high quality sources, exercising restraint, collaborating and communicating with team members. For example, lots of people talk about how Andy Carvin does crowdsourced verification and turns his Twitter feed into a real time newswire. Some things never go out of style. At the same time, there are new tools, techniques and approaches every journalist should have in their arsenal. From the post: So, already you have three must view links about verification (1,2,3). Verification must reads 4. 5. 6. Related:  Evaluation Skills

model lesson 1 ready-to-go mini lesson LESSON 1 "Think Aloud" Demonstration Time: 10-15 minutes as follows: 5 minutes think aloud 5 minutes search as individuals 5 minutes collect findings Materials: computers, one with a projector whiteboard or Red Flag Chart It may be helpful to create a Red Flag Chart with three columns: Accused | Suspicious | Acquited (or similar terms). Think Aloud This lesson takes place in the context of a science course where DNA, genetics and "designer babies" is the topic. Among results for "designer babies" is this Use this site to demonstrate how an investigative searcher might approach the material. Click this and point out information about the credits: Virgil Wong. Start a list of things you find out about Virgil Wong. After five minutes, call an end to searching and begin to collect information from the students. Among the findings possible, he is: Back to Model Lessons

Embedding creative commons licences into digital resources - SCA briefing paper Download the briefing paper1 Creative Commons licences (also referred to as CC licences) can facilitate the copying, reuse, distribution, and in some cases, the modification of the original owner’s creative work without needing to get permission each time from the rights holder. Overview of creative commons licences 2There are a number of different types of these licences. Across the UK’s public sector, CC licences are increasingly used to provide access to cultural heritage and teaching, learning and research outputs. This briefing paper accompanies further information on Creative Commons licences3 (PDF), produced by the Strategic Content Alliance4, which demonstrates how the terms of Creative Commons licences can be embedded into a variety of resources, such as PowerPoint, images, Word docs, elearning resources, podcasts and other audio visual resources. Benefits of embedding CC licences Considerations before embedding CC licences How to embed CC licences into resources For blogs

Science Education on the Edge · Managing student websites with Pearltrees This is just a quick post to share a neat tool for keeping track of student websites called Pearltrees. I ran across this article recently and thought this might be useful for organizing all of my student sites that I need to keep track of. As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I keep track of individual student blogs using RSS feeds. But there are many times that I want a simple way to pull up a student website to show to a student, administrator, or parent, and an RSS feed reader is ok, but clunky for that purpose. Perhaps all the iOS and app downloading frenzy that went on this week and the resulting extra time spent on the iPad had something to do with it. Their app is simple to use and makes use of a bookmarklet to capture any site you choose.

30 Inspiring Ideas To Develop Content For Your Blog The challenge for any blogger personal or corporate is to continually come up with content that brings the readers and viewers back to the blog. The corporate blog should not be about “selling” it is about educating and solving your customers problems. Do that and they will keep showing up to learn more and to find out how they solve those day to day challenges that life and business brings. One thing you need to keep in mind is that content is not just text, it is any type of media and includes images, video and audio and all types of reincarnations of those such as PDF’s, eBooks, Powerpoint presentations and these can all be published onto social media platforms, such as YouTube, Flickr and Slideshare to name a few. So how do you find the inspiration to develop and publish content for your blog. When attending a conference take your Flipcam video cam with you and do some short one on one video interviews. These are just some of the ways you can develop your content for your blog.

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask 1. What can the URL tell you? Techniques for Web Evaluation : 1. 2. 2. 1. INSTRUCTIONS for Truncating back a URL: In the top Location Box, delete the end characters of the URL stopping just before each / (leave the slash). Continue this process, one slash (/) at a time, until you reach the first single / which is preceded by the domain name portion. 3. Check the date on all the pages on the site. 3. 1. What kinds of publications or sites are they? Are they real? 3. Expect a journal article, newspaper article, and some other publications that are recent to come from the original publisher IF the publication is available on the web. Look at the bottom of such articles for copyright information or permissions to reproduce. 4. 1. a. Type or paste the URL into's search box. b. 1. The pages listed all contain one or more links to the page you are looking for. If you find no links, try a shorter portion of the URL, stopping after each /. 2. 5. 1. 2. WHY? More About Evaluating Web Sources

The Fallacy of Information Overload inShare381 Some of you know me through my work in studying how social media and disruptive technology impact business and culture. Others have worked with me in translating insights into action and change within the enterprise. Every now and then, I share another side of myself that evokes the aspiring social scientist in me as I explore how all of this is affecting us as individuals and human beings. Not a day goes by when I’m not asked about whether or not the social media bubble will finally burst. This isn’t a new phenomenon by any means. Social media has gifted us a new democracy. Indeed, there is a very real human cost of social connectivity. The challenge lies not in the realization that we are empowered to curate our social streams and relationships, but in the consciousness of what is and what could be. Where do we fall in the contrast of where we are and where we want to be? Like in anything, there’s a dark side to all of this. Access to information and people is intoxicating.

Pearltrees: discover, organize and share your stuff easily Pearltrees is a fantastic web2.0 tool . It is “ the social curation community , a place where you can organize , discover and share the staf you like on the web ‘.It looks like Livebinders and symbalooedu but does a greater job than them . I tried it and i really love it and decided to share it with you because i am sure you will love it too once you try it . watch this video to have an idea of what Pearltress is all about Some features of Pearltrees Here are the main things that set Pearltrees apart from other organizing tools out there :It is completely free You don't have to create an account to browse or search pearltrees. How can i get started using Pearltrees Log on to Pearltrees main page and open your account there , it is free and quick Now watch this awesome video tutorial to learn how to use Pearltress Application of Pearltrees in education Nobody would ever judge the importance of Pearltrees in education . Here are other Organizing tools you might like :

How To Get 53,000 Twitter Followers: My Story The inspiration for this post came from two sources. Firstly from meeting two cool passionate guys from Blue Wire Media, Toby Jenkins and Adam Franklin and secondly a Tweet from Archna from Norway who wanted to know about how to get “more” Twitter followers. I had written a post titled “How To Get targeted Twitter Followers” recently, which was not my personal story of how I built my Twitter following but more oriented towards the use of a tool called Tweepi which I have found to be very useful. The Story So here is my story of how I built a Twitter following of 53,000 in response to the “How to get more Twitter followers” question from my blog readers. I started Tweeting on December 17, 2008 when I registered as a Twitter user for the first time and received my welcoming email from Biz Stone and The Twitter Team. A Slow Start Why Having Your Name As Your Twitter Name Is Important The Secret Twitter Etiquette Rule Breaking Twitter Rules Can Get You Banned Rule One: Rule Two:

Comparing & Evaluating Web Information Sources From Now On The Educational Technology Journal Vol 6|No 9|June|1997 Comparing & Evaluating Web Information Sources A major challenge in a time of Info-Glut and Info-Garbage is evaluation of information sources.Before basing a decision on the information available, wise researchers (and students) will give thought to the following criteria: reliability - definition | accuracy - definition | authority - definition currency - definition fairness - definition adequacy - definition efficiency - definition | organization - definition Staff and students need to learn to apply these concepts critically to the sites they are visiting so they become thoughtful and discerning information consumers. Using a table as a "visual organizer" often helps focus the evaluation of sources. **** Excellent *** Good ** Satisfactory * Weak References For additional information and resources to support the development of Web site evaluation skills, visit the following sites: