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Teaching Technology: 10 Lessons Every School Should Share

Teaching Technology: 10 Lessons Every School Should Share | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Aside from simply having the right equipment and instructing children in basic technology usage, what else should educational institutions be teaching kids about technology, starting as early as kindergarten?

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Media Literacy in Middle schools- resources, media creation, critical literacy
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Cheating and Plagiarizing

Cheating and Plagiarizing | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Rick Wormeli discusses why middle school students cheat and plagiarize and offers constructive solutions.
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Anne-Marie Rocheleau's curator insight, August 19, 11:20 AM

Tricherie et plagiat

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When the news intrudes: Helping kids make sense of the media

When the news intrudes: Helping kids make sense of the media | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Parents need to expect that our kids will see news they weren't prepared to see. So we need to know how to react when the time comes.

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10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills

10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
We pair 10 photos from The Times that we’ve used in our weekly “What’s Going On in This Picture?” with ideas from students and teachers for how you can use them, or images like them, to teach close reading and visual thinking skills.

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Stacy Esch's curator insight, February 24, 9:10 AM
incredible provocative images to work on visual analysis
Sarah's curator insight, June 4, 8:06 PM
This is an excellent website that can be used as a resource for enhancing visual literacy, close reading and visual thinking skills, which are fundamental within the Arts. In the Arts, specifically Visual Arts and Media Arts, it is crucial to be able to read an image, and these photographs and resources within the link can be easily modified to create some simple exercises in reading the artworks. 
Anne-Marie Rocheleau's curator insight, August 19, 11:19 AM

Faire des inférences; promouvoir la discussion

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Education World: The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Source Credibility

Education World has rounded up everything you need to know in order to teach this very timely issue.
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How Netflix Is Deepening Our Cultural Echo Chambers

How Netflix Is Deepening Our Cultural Echo Chambers | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
There was a lot to criticize about broadcast TV, but it brought the nation together. Streaming services are doing the opposite.
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#Fake #News, #Alternative #Facts and #Librarians As Dedicated Defenders of #Truth @jenniferlagarde

#Fake #News, #Alternative #Facts and #Librarians As Dedicated Defenders of #Truth @jenniferlagarde | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it

"Let's be clear, there's no such thing as "alternative facts."

The same fact can be used by different people to support alternative opinions, but the facts don't change. Different people can use the same facts to emphasize alternative ideas or to inform different theories, but the facts remain the same. Facts are non-partisan. Facts alone are neutral. It's what we do with them that becomes controversial.

That said, there's a not so old saying that goes "we are drowning in information, but starving for knowledge." (Note: the fact that this saying is attributed to at least 5 different people when I do a quick search for the author is an irony that has not escaped me, but I digress). These days, getting answers to your questions is just about the easiest thing in the world. Getting the right answer is more challenging. Librarians (and Neil Gaiman) have known this for years, but one thing is certain, in the information age, discerning fact from fiction is THE "21st century skill."


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Jeroen Clemens's curator insight, January 28, 4:13 AM
very important task for education
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Librarians As Dedicated Defenders of Truth
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8 Empowering Middle Grade Novels for Kids Interested in Social Justice

8 Empowering Middle Grade Novels for Kids Interested in Social Justice | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it


As the United States watches a new administration take over the White House after a contentious election year, a wave of social and political activism has
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The Ultimate Cure for the Fake-News Epidemic Will Be More Skeptical Readers

The Ultimate Cure for the Fake-News Epidemic Will Be More Skeptical Readers | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
New algorithms will help—but users' skepticism is the ultimate weapon
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Developing a Critical Disposition

Developing a Critical Disposition | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
This morning, I received a photo (found below – I added the watermark) from a catfishing victim. She received it from a scammer who had used many of my personal and professional photos to for…
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Most students can’t tell the difference between sponsored content and real news

Most students can’t tell the difference between sponsored content and real news | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Most students can’t tell the difference between real news articles and sponsored content, according to a study from Stanford University, raising concerns over how young people consume onlin
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Think before you send: Be smart about social media, RCMP say to young people

Think before you send: Be smart about social media, RCMP say to young people | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Read 'Think before you send: Be smart about social media, RCMP say to young people' on Yahoo Finance Canada . RCMP officers in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and other detachments across Canada are encouraging young people to be selfie-aware. "What that does is, makes the youths think twice before they start taking that photograph," said Const. The Smart Social campaign is geared at teens and young adults — people who've never lived in a world without internet and for whom life exists increasingly online.

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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
We'd like to share this critical thinking skills cheatsheet for you to use with your students. Get them asking questions on any topic!

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Lee Hall's curator insight, April 4, 9:35 AM
Help your students with their critical thinking skills. 
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I think this could be very useful. 
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How pre-teens using metadata found a whistleblower in two hours

How pre-teens using metadata found a whistleblower in two hours | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Team Sherlock began the scenario with one clue: the leaked documents about fracking chemicals had been sent to anna@minewatch.org.au.
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UNESCO Launches Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

UNESCO Launches Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
This week UNESCO launched a framework illustrating its Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL).
This global strategy marries the large, but often separated, disciplines of information literacy and media literacy and creates a common vocabulary for folks in multiple areas of knowledge to engage in conversation. It also positions these critical literacies as a combined set of competencies–knowledge, skills and attitudes–central for living and working in our world today.

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Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, February 22, 6:18 AM
UNESCO has launched a framework illustrating its Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL).
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, February 27, 2:01 AM
Information Literacy est la future base du savoir.
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Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL)
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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
We'd like to share this critical thinking skills cheatsheet for you to use with your students. Get them asking questions on any topic!

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Lee Hall's curator insight, April 4, 9:35 AM
Help your students with their critical thinking skills. 
Heather Temske's curator insight, April 4, 10:35 PM
I think this could be very useful. 
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Education's "Alternative Facts" - Modern Learners

Education's "Alternative Facts" - Modern Learners | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
From the outset, understand that I have no idea where this post is going to end up. It’s one of those posts that’s going to have to write itself, struggling from one sentence to the next, stepping down a path that’s not real visible to some unknown destination that may or may not be a place worth …
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32 Animated Videos by Wireless Philosophy Teach You the Essentials of Critical Thinking

32 Animated Videos by Wireless Philosophy Teach You the Essentials of Critical Thinking | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it

Do you know someone whose arguments consist of baldly specious reasoning, hopelessly confused categories, archipelagos of logical fallacies buttressed by seawalls of cognitive biases? Surely you do.
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How to Add “Time Tags” to Youtube Vids (so Viewers can Jump to Tagged Sections) by KELLY WALSH

How to Add “Time Tags” to Youtube Vids (so Viewers can Jump to Tagged Sections) by KELLY WALSH | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
by KELLY WALSH

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Leadership in Information Literacy

Leadership in Information Literacy | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
I am writing this post as part of the weekly #EdublogsClub . This week's prompt asks that we write about leadership. Numerou

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calling all Tls for leadership in information literacy, including providing quality, curated print and digital collections; promoting reading; teaching digital literacy and digital citizenship skills; connecting students with the world; and championing equity.
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Seriously? Seriously. – Heinemann Publishing – Medium

Seriously? Seriously. – Heinemann Publishing – Medium | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
The title of episode 599 suggested that something was fundamentally wrong with public discourse. Glass explained in the introduction to the show. When Oxford Dictionaries names “post-truth” as the…
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How to Write and Read Fake News: Journalism in the Age of Trump

How to Write and Read Fake News: Journalism in the Age of Trump | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Co-Digressors: Mark Marino, Talan Memmott In the age of the RealFakeDonaldTrump, the fourth estate Journalism has been usurped by a fifth estate, Journullism. In this state, the old value of truth has been replaced with a more realistic “trust me on this one.” Facts are replaced with free-flowing fictions. And Journalism is replaced by jaunts…
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It's official, teachers must relax over Christmas to avoid burnout - The Guardian 

It's official, teachers must relax over Christmas to avoid burnout - The Guardian  | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Teachers will be looking forward to a well-earned rest this Christmas. But it can be tough to switch off from – and avoid catching up on – work. It might be good for you to shun your marking and instead plan for a proper break this year, though. Why? Well, for a start, research says you should.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, December 17, 2016 9:31 AM

Hear that, year round school advocates? We NEED to relax, detox, and chill during the holidays!

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, December 17, 2016 2:42 PM
Number 1 reason why school districts should NOT schedule professional development on the day teachers return to their schools.  Usually, teachers are assigned duties as presenters for those sessions which means they have to prepare over their well-deserved holiday breaks. Give teachers a break to relax with their families, read a book and watch movies just for fun!
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Snitch Hunt

Snitch Hunt | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
This Human Rights Day, 10th December, in Melbourne, we want to play a game: find the whistleblower in the metadata. Come and join us, take on the role of an intelligence analyst and see what you can do with all that retained metadata.
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