Melissa Zimdars is an assistant professor of communication and media at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. When she saw her students referencing questionable sources, she created and shared a document with them of how to think about sources, as well as a list of misleading, satirical and fake sites.
Tagged with digital literacy
Kremlin supporters suspected to be behind fraudulent articles designed to look like they came from Le Soir and the Guardian.
Fake articles made to look like they have been published by legitimate news websites have emerged as a new avenue for propaganda on the internet, with experts concerned about the increasing sophistication of the latest attempts to spread disinformation.
Think before you share
There may be a starman waiting in the sky, but sadly it isn't in the celestial form of a new stellar arrangement marking David Bowie's passing.
You've probably seen the reports circulating in the wake of Bowie's death -- the man behind Ziggy Stardust, the original space oddity, and one of the most innovative recording artists of all time is now memorialised with a new constellation.
Use examples like this to show students that we should always check accuracy before sharing.
Disturbing, explicit and also moving and poignant 17 min film about teenagers, Facebook, trust and relationships.
Due to the graphic nature of some of the images it is unlikely this video would be appropriate to use in schools but will help adults who work with young people have a clearer understanding of the 'flitting attention span and lack of true connection in digital culture.'
'Despite the growing interest in digital literacy within educational policy, guidance for secondary educators in terms of how digital literacy translates into the classroom is lacking. As a result, many teachers feel ill-prepared to support their learners in using technology effectively. The DigiLit Leicester project created an infrastructure for holistic, integrated change, by supporting staff development in the area of digital literacy for secondary school teachers and teaching support staff. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how the critique of existing digital literacy frameworks enabled a self-evaluation framework for practitioners to be developed. Crucially, this framework enables a co-operative, partnership approach to be taken to pedagogic innovation. Moreover, it enables social and ethical issues to underpin a focus on teacher-agency and radical collegiality inside the domain of digital literacy.'
A clear and informal (be aware there is some language you may want to change if using in class) blog post explaining why we shouldn't succumb to 'liking' links which are designed to gain mass exposure within the Facebook community.