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Why Kids Need Data Literacy, and How You Can Teach It

Why Kids Need Data Literacy, and How You Can Teach It | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Data is all around us. It is vital that our students understand and interpret the data, infographics, and visualizations they see.
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Google's war on fake news goes global: Search results now tagged 'true' or 'false' 

Google's war on fake news goes global: Search results now tagged 'true' or 'false'  | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Google is rolling out fact-check labels in its news and search results to help users decide whether a public claim is true or false. Only articles that have been fact-checked by news publishers and fact-checking organizations will display the label and summary."

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This Is Not Fake News (but Don’t Go by the Headline)

This Is Not Fake News (but Don’t Go by the Headline) | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Paul Mihailidis, director of a new graduate program on civic media at Emerson College, answers questions about news literacy.
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How to Use Google Reverse Image Search to Fact Check Images

A quick demo of how Google's reverse image search tool can be used to fact check and research images. 

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Researchers Created Fake News. Here’s What They Found.

Researchers Created Fake News. Here’s What They Found. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Some people said they remembered fake news that was never even published, suggesting the phenomenon is not as influential as many think.
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Getting literal about media literacy in K12

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The issue of fake news drew national attention during the 2016 presidential campaign, when fabricated stories were widely accepted as genuine. According to recent research, the problem extends to K12 classrooms, where students have trouble judging the credibility of online information.
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10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Article - EasyBib Blog

10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Article - EasyBib Blog | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Fake news is popping up everywhere! Use these 10 tips to spot them a mile away.
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Indiana University tech tool 'Hoaxy' shows how fake news spreads

Indiana University tech tool 'Hoaxy' shows how fake news spreads | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A free tool known as 'Hoaxy,' developed by Indiana University's Center for Complex Networks and Systems Research, aims to provide a better understanding of how fake news makes its way across the internet.
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Why Students Can't Google Their Way to the Truth

Why Students Can't Google Their Way to the Truth | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Students would be wise to learn the strategies fact-checkers use to evaluate online information, write Sam Wineburg and Sarah McGrew.
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The Information Literacy Imperative in Higher Education

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“Achieving competency in information literacy requires an understanding that this cluster of abilities is not extraneous to the curriculum but is woven into the curriculum’s content, structure, and sequence.”
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How Do We Teach Digital Literacy to Digital Natives? - Edudemic

How Do We Teach Digital Literacy to Digital Natives? - Edudemic | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Is it possible for our students to be both digital natives and digitally unaware? Young people today are instant messengers, gamers, photo sharers and supreme multitaskers. But while they use the technology tools available to them 24/7, they are struggling to sort fact from fiction, think critically, decipher cultural inferences, detect commercial intent and analyze social implications. All of which makes them extremely vulnerable to the overwhelming amount of information they have access to through the digital tools they use—and love!—so much."

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Changing the Teaching of History, One Byte at a Time

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"Welcome to the information revolution's digital free-for-all. In a previous age, when children were taken to the library to decipher the hieroglyphics of theReaders' Guide to Periodical Literature, the big question was how to find information. But today, deluged by an avalanche of information, students face a different question: should this information be believed?"

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No--You Don’t Need To Learn To Code

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The whole world seems to be telling you that you need to learn programming. Heres why you dont--and what you should learn instead.
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"Seriously? Seriously." The Importance of Teaching Reading and Writing in Social Media

"Seriously? Seriously." The Importance of Teaching Reading and Writing in Social Media | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The presentation of facts is seen as partisan opinion, and then every day a barrage of untruths are presented as truth, and we’re just supposed to suck it up. That’s the moment we live in. That’s our country right now. And this is going to continue after this election, no matter who wins. Like, this is the rest of our lives, I think, this post-truth politics. With so many of us getting our news from social media and from sources that we agree with, it’s easier than ever to check if a fact is true, and facts matter less than ever. — Ira Glass, on This American Life
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Research Reports: “Fake News is Shared as Widely As The Real Thing”

Nearly a quarter of web content shared on Twitter by users in the battleground state of Michigan during the final days of last year’s US election campaign was so-called fake news, according to a University of Oxford study. Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) also determined that these users shared approximately as many fake news items as “professional news” over the same period.
The report, published on Monday, concludes that links to fake news stories accounted for 23 per cent of the links tweeted by a sample of 140,000 Michigan-based users during the ten days up to November 11 last year.
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Fake News: A Library Resource Round-Up

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As librarians everywhere will attest, fake news is not new; fabricated stories have been presented as truth for centuries. But take a divided electorate and add a social media landscape where misinformation is shared with a click, and interest in the topic has soared.
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Alternative Facts and Fake News – Verifiability in the Information Society « Library Policy and Advocacy Blog

Alternative Facts and Fake News – Verifiability in the Information Society « Library Policy and Advocacy Blog | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The relationship between information and opinion has always been fluid and uncertain. This has been as much the case in politics as in science or any other area of life. There have also always been charlatans, liars and forgers, aiming to gain money, power or simply attention.
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All I Know Is What’s on the Internet — Real Life

All I Know Is What’s on the Internet — Real Life | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Information literacy is not the antidote to fake news, because the institutions for teaching it can’t be trusted either
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The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news

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Since the 19th century academic librarians have helped students navigate the complex world of information. In today's unpredictable information environment, how might they rethink their role?
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Google responds on skewed Holocaust search results - BBC News

Google responds on skewed Holocaust search results - BBC News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Google says it is "thinking deeply" about ways to improve search, after criticism over how some results were ranked.
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The Classroom Where Fake News Fails

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Fake news is everywhere, and many Americans in this digital age struggle to sort fact from fiction. The fix: Teach them when they're young.
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What the news media can learn from librarians

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For journalists, the framework [of information literacy] can serve as a navigational tool to help chart a course in destabilized terrain, and around social media echo chambers. It adds a needed element to the traditional gatekeeper, “All the News That [We Think] is Fit to Print” approach, to which an information literacy user would respond, “Says who? On what authority?”

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The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy - Edudemic

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Many teachers have added ‘digital literacy’ as number four on the list of literacies their students should have (or be working towards, in most cases). "

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Education Update:More than Words: Developing Core Speaking and Listening Skills:Making a Habit of "How Do You Know?"

Education Update:More than Words: Developing Core Speaking and Listening Skills:Making a Habit of "How Do You Know?" | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

As a librarian, of course, this is already a core value that I incorporate in all my interactions with students--and I think of this question as having a Bloom's-like taxonomy of complexity, with being able to provide a citation at the content knowledge level to being able to evalutate the quality of a source requiring higher order thinking skills.

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Mozilla's Web Literacy Standards Released

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Mozilla has just released its set of Web Literacy Standards and it's something that everyone who uses the web personally or in the classroom needs to look at and try to understand. 

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