#fakenews

To continue the conversation surrounding digital citizenship, increasing our students’ digital literacy is one of the ways we can ensure they are reading accurate information. Furthermore, they are completing projects, scrolling social media, and spreading information confidently and competently, especially knowing that the information is accurate. Fake news is all around us. For the most part, people see something with an eye-catching headline. This leads to being blinded by the title and, therefore, ignoring the important information that tells a person its accuracy. I can attest to this “blinding” because, even though I have the information to tell whether something is correct or accurate, I can still read things and be “pulled in” and ignore that knowledge. Are you a victim of being blinded by a headline of #fakenews? Ways of Finding #fakenews I watched a YouTube video by John Spencer on the five C’s of critical consumption. John says it is easier than ever to not only share and spread misinformation. He also said that 25% of students could distinguish between fake and real news. Here are the five C’s that is used in the video: Five C’s: Context – When was it written? Where does it come from? Credibility – Does the author cite credible sources? Does the cite have a reputation? Construction – What is the bias? Are there any loaded words? Corroboration – Is this the only source that’s making this claim? Compare – Compare to other cites and information This is a great video to use as an introduction to the information or lesson on digital literacy. John concluded with a great statement, “When we teach students media literacy and they learn how to consume critically, they learn how to think critically.” This is so important to create a critically thinking citizen of today’s world of spreading information. Here are some similar resources for your students: Other Sources: Podcast by KQED about innovative ways to enhance students’ learning Searches your article(s) via URL on Snopes.com Dangers of #fakenews: So what exactly is fake news? Kevin Swayze’s article says, “Fake news is a catch-all description of what some people have called weaponized lies. Three general categories: Misinformation, defective information or mistakes Disinformation, such as hoaxes, Malinformation and stories intended to damage institutions and individuals.” (Jan 2021) Donald Trump had coined the term “fake news” during his presidency and electoral events. Unfortunately, Trump supporters buy into all of his “fake” contributions to his Twitter. This ultimately led to Trump being banned from Twitter. He was sharing, sensitive misleading information that could have led to some serious events. Humans have an instinctive desire to be in a group; a desire to belong. We’re wired to react emotionally, not rationally.  We find comfort in similarity and alert to things out of the ordinary.  Swayze, K. (January 2021) All three of the categories mentioned above are widely used in social media and can attract any age group by using things like “clickbait” to bring in people to this fake news. The Tilt blog spoke more about the misinformation and clickbait that exists. Part of the problem with trying to find accurate news on social media is that we are often trapped in a filter bubble of information – meaning that we only read, like, and share things that align with our own belief system. — Lindsay Matts-Benson This quote stuck with me while I read this blog post (linked above). It is true that the internet, your phone, your google history, etc. are listening to what you are doing and aligning things for you. This is an example of the algorithm of the internet. That means you will be likely to look at the same point of view wherever you are on the internet. The blog post suggested that we challenge the internet’s algorithm and find things in another view to ensure a well-rounded bringing of suggestive information. The fact of the matter is: you must think of all information as fitting under the three categories above and then prove it otherwise. This way, you get to decide, with your knowledge of seeking accurate information out, whether something has merit or not. To conclude, misinformation is so important, especially in times like this: a pandemic. There is a lot of misleading information surrounding the symptoms, signs, causes, and spread of the COVID-19 virus. Personally, I have had many conversations with people who have shared misinformation with me about COVID-19. The most popular one right now: I have the COVID vaccine, I can’t spread COVID to others now. This is 100% false. In most situations, students and their parents are spending a lot of time on their social media accounts scanning for information on things like this. Even if they are not looking for it, it usually pops up because it is trending. It is important to teach students at a young age to understand credible information and how it impacts the way that you share information with others. Teaching to High School Students Like in my last blog post, it is a very simple addition to any lesson or assessment in a classroom. For example, in Health 9 or Wellness 10, we usually use action plans when teaching any topic covered in either course. In my classroom, these action plans have students look into resources they could use to complete the action plans. A more specific example: in health 9, I have students assess food guides in every country and look up any health promotion strategies a country has to improve the health of its residents. I always stress the importance of looking for cites that end in .org or .edu to ensure it is credible information but I do have them use the CRAAP test on them as well. Below is a screenshot of a well-versed lesson plan from Common Sense Education. It would very likely be something I would use to deliver information on digital literacy. Download the PDF below: Incorporating the NCTE Framework The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) supports teachers and their students in classrooms and other environments. They also share lesson ideas, research, and teaching strategies. They work to improve the teaching and learning of English and Language Arts at all levels fo education (NCTE, 2017). First of all, I have never taught English on my own and I hope that I get lucky enough to never have to. I love and respect those who have the passion for teaching English but, unfortunately, my interests lie elsewhere. Although I do not have the scope of English in mind, I will take the passenger seat with digital literacy and help in any way that I can. It is important to have a collaborative view on digital citizenship and its sub-categories. In my classroom(s), I will use the NCTE to give students opportunities to continue their learning with the knowledge they have with the new information to ensure improved confidence. This means finding a baseline for each student through activities that prompt this knowledge. As they learn, it is important to challenge their thinking by providing them many opportunities to use this knowledge. This can be done by using a variety of educational technology and tools that are applicable. More importantly, making sure that I do my job as a teacher: to provide accurate and up-to-date information. How would you incorporate this into your subjects that are different from my method?

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Hanging by a Thread

One of the main goals I had for this learning project was to eventually be able to create clothing for myself. I have limited material so I’m a bit limited in what I can create. I decided that I would start off simple, create something that didn’t take too much material, and create a pair of shorts. Up until this point, most of my creations have been functional, if not very pretty, and so I figured that if I do my research and follow a video, I would be able to do the same with a simple pair of shorts, right? Wrong. This was the first time that I have experienced my project turning out completely useless, for me at least. So without further ado, follow along with my process of creating shorts that I really can’t wear. Hopeful Beginnings I went into this project with a ton of optimism and motivation. I was determined that I was going to get this right and have a new skill set. Spoiler alert, things did not go the way that I had planned. I watched several different videos in preparation, carefully looking for one that made sense and included fairly detailed instructions. After my first attempt at making a mask, I figured I would try to follow along to something a bit more visual, because I had found myself struggling to interpret the directions in the correct way. Eventually, I found a video that I liked The steps seemed clear, it used materials that I had access to, and it seemed to show each step as it went along. Nothing could go wrong! So with that, I got started! Step One: Cut out the fabric The first order of business was finding a pair of loose shorts that I could use to trace and create a pattern to follow and cut out. Believe it or not, this is where the problems started, although I wouldn’t realize until it was far too late. So I got my shorts, and I traced out the pattern. I folded it one way to create the front pieces, and folded it the opposite way to create the back pieces. Once everything was cut out, I had four pieces and was ready to start sewing. Step Two: Start Sewing After cutting out all of the pieces, it was time for me to get sewing! This whole portion went really well. I sewed two front pieces together down the curved side, and then did the same for the two back panels. Next was sewing the front and back together. I sewed down the straight side seams and then sewed the crotch to create the space for the legs. Running into Trouble Sewing went well, but I decided that I should probably try the shorts on just to make sure that everything looked okay. And this is where this project completely stopped and fell apart… The shorts did NOT fit. At this point I was very frustrated, mostly with myself. This was definitely the result of my own errors rather than the video I was using to follow along. I made the decision to stop at this point and not complete the shorts, there were a few steps left but there really wasn’t any point in continuing to create something that just wouldn’t function for me. For Next Time Once again, my main focus for the next post will be increasing the size of my pattern. I will be sure to draw my pattern with more space at the top, the size seemed to be fine except around the waist portion. Overall, I think that I prefer learning from a video rather than a step by step website like I had used previously. Despite the issue that I ended up having, I was able to go back and reference the video to see exactly what the instructions outlined. It was much better to have a clear visual in addition to verbal/written instructions for me!

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You Won’t Believe The Ways Media Manipulates You!!

https://guard.io/blog/what-are-clickbait-ads How often do we see article titles like the one above? We have likely all heard the word ‘clickbait’ before, yet too often we cannot help but click and see where it takes us. Why? Well, in the world of  participatory culture in the digital age, we see more and more ways media draws…… Continue reading You Won’t Believe The Ways Media Manipulates You!!

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Real or Fake?

This past week in class we talked a lot about digital literacy as well as learning about fake websites/accounts online. As we did the activity in class trying to figure out if the account was real or fake I came to realize that I really cannot tell %100 of the time if the account is real or not. I made my own thoughts and opinions about the certain account and thought they were valid enough however, that was not true. It made me re-think about how I view other accounts online and as well as informational websites. Through my whole life with doing research, and projects for school and using google for information I thought I was being cautious and aware of the sites I was using. But now, this is making me change my mindset and to think about all the possibilities of the websites out there and conduct a reasonable response as to whether or not I can trust the information given to me. It is just very crazy to me that websites could be controlled by someone who knows absolutely nothing about what they are talking about and that they could be anyone, anywhere. As I read through Fake news: It’s complicated it allowed me to think about the certain aspects there are into finding out if the content, or account given is real and trustworthy. Just as we discussed in class, there are certain tips and tricks to follow and check off while looking at an account if you are unsure they are real or not. Checking their profile, pictures, what they have posted or tweeted about in the past, there likes, and retweets, the list goes on. Having this understanding of what to look for as you are searching something or someone up is important to know. Below is a picture from the article explaining certain details to consider while looking at a article, or the news, etc. I think teaching our students about finding the difference between a real website or a fake one should be considered in the classroom. With students doing projects and research for multiple classes it is possible that they will just use the first site that is made available for them because they do not fully understand the difference. This should be introduced to the students to better educate themselves on discovering whether a account/website is real or fake. This can also help them in the future if they ever come into a crossroads and are in a difficult position. In How do we teach students to identify fake new? there are multiple ways in which we the teachers can explain and make aware the strategies for students to comprehend and learn about to better their lives. very simple ways to include into our teachings to make available for our students and to protect them from the horrible things on the internet. There is a lot of fake news and information around us all the time. As I viewed the little article named You’re not going to believe what I’m about to tell you it actually taught me a few things and I was a little surprised while I was reading it. This goes to show that we are told a variety of different facts and information throughout our lives that may not be coming from very reliable resources but we are never aware of that possibility. It is just something we do not think about. In the comic, there were a lot of facts stated given the truth behind all of them and it really did shock me because I had no idea what to believe. Online can be very helpful when using reliable resources and understanding how to tell the difference between a real and fake account/news. This is something I will have to work on and learn more about for the future and to present to my future students!

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Garlic-Parmesan Wings

I am very excited for this weeks meal and cannot wait to show you guys what it is! This week I was thinking chicken but I wanted to spice it up a little and try something different. So, I went onto Pinterest (you can never go wrong with Pinterest) and found a really tasty garlic-parmesan chicken wing recipe that I thought I could try! Now, I’ve had garlic-parmesan wings before but in a restaurant and really liked them, so I wanted to give these a try on my own. There were tons of recipes on these wings but with the one I found I already had everything at home with me. The recipe is from TheKitchn that I found from Pinterest. This blog was simple to read and use which was helpful as I was making the wings. They have pictures and easy to follow directions which was great! Also listed were the ingredients which I will have at the end of my blog! Now, lets get right into the wings!! I first started off with washing my chicken wings and then patting them dry with a paper towel. Added my spices consisting of salt, black pepper and garlic powder. I did not follow the right measurements for the spices as I wanted to add however much I wanted. I wanted to make sure these were full of flavour. I then tossed them into the oven at 400 degrees for about an hour. As that was cooking I prepped my parmesan, butter and garlic mixture so it was ready when the chicken wings were done! Once the wings were done cooking and looking nice and crispy I threw them into a big bowl with our parmesan mixture and gave them a good toss. Then there ya go! Homemade garlic-parmesan chicken wings made right at home with only a few simple ingredients. I also made a side salad to go with the wings but that was nothing too special. Overall, I really enjoyed these wings and thought they were very delicious. I would have added more parmesan if I had some but unfortunately, I used it all up 🙁 I would definitely be making thse again in the future for sure! They were so good and had so much flavour. I enjoyed switching it up with making different kinds of chicken wings rather then just simple breaded, or salt and pepper. Ingredients: 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 pounds chicken wings 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, finely grated (about 1/4 cup), plus more for serving 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves 3 cloves garlic 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

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