I have a new idol. Dan Gillmor from Arizona State University and author of the free ebook Mediactive spoke about News Literacy Using Media in a Networked Age. Gillmor's talk was recorded on Periscope here but below I have highlighted my takeaways.
Why is he my idol? Because in the first five minutes he said "Do not use the words 'fake news'". He reinforced what I have been telling my students all year, that there is no such thing. Gillmor stated this is an emergency in our world...the onslaught and velocity of variations of news and so called news.
Gillmor began with a brief history of the Media Shift. He discussed progress from cave drawings, handwritten books, printed books, political print, the telegraph, radio, and television to the Internet. Access and distribution were
With our new technologies (smartphones, etc) allows the consumers of news (all of us) to become creators of news using collaborative tools in real time.
Journalism is very much alive and he cited The New York Times. He also stated that news can be found through bloggers and/NOT or jounalists. However, re
There is a demand problem because so much information coming at us and so much is garbage. Pictures can be altered with a variety of tools but Gillmor also discussed the ability for videos to be faked, literally putting words in someone's mouth. NPR recently had an article about this technology.
Gillmor is passionate about news literacy which he sees as a subset of media literacy. He discussed the principals of media literacy:
Skepticism - be skeptical of everything
Judgement - but don't be equally skeptical of everything
Research - ask questions!
Gillmor address CONTROL of the media. Who controls our technology and communication? Who is making the key decisions about free speech, the freedom to assemble, the freedom to innovate and more? NOT US!
Government and big business are increasingly controlling and attempting to control information. Net Neutrality is a huge concern and was an important policy decision during the Obama Administration that is being debated with the possibility of reversing.
With regards to social media Who decides social media news feeds? How can it be improved?
- Wikipedia good place to start, worst place to stop (unless looking for updates on your favorite TV show)
- Confirmation Bias - when facts don't change our minds...how do we fix this?
- Adopting a SLOW news approach to get the news CORRECT (social media has increased the velocity of information)
Here is a Ted Talk I found about The Manipulate Tricks Tech Companies Use to Capture Your Attention.
Best Practices in Media Literacy in the Classroom
Kristin Hokansen shared best practices using Twitter. While I am an avid Twitter user, I teach Twitter to fellow teachers so I loved learning how she presented Twitter 101.
Two of my favorite quotes she used (which I believe are attributed to others):
"Quit doing to and for and start doing by and with."
'Quit answering questions with answers and start answering with questions."
Digital Literacy Across the College Curriculum
My hope from attending this session was to learn what was happening at the collegiate level to hopefully generate ideas to help prepare my high school students.
What I loved was the idea that after students created the project/paper that was to be graded, asking them to take a risk, to learn a new digital tool to reflect upon their learning and the process. The Media Education Lab offers a great list of digital tools to use for multimedia authorship.
I thought about the idea of blogging about books with students and perhaps asking them to learn a new digital tool to embed in that blog related to the book they are reading.
Tools discussed that I would like to check out:
GooseChase - scavenger hunts
KnightLab Projects - "The Lab develops prototypes, projects and services that help make information meaningful and promote quality journalism, storytelling and content on the internet."
PHET Interactive Simulations - science & math - use screencastify so students can demonstrate understanding
Frank's 2011 video promoting Digital Literacy