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Critical Literacy and the Internet

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We want our students to think critically about the sites on the internet. We want them to think critically about the information shared online, and make sure that the information is bias free. Particularly when conducting research. Perhaps most important, we want students to not be swayed into rhetoric that is damaging or dangerous to…
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Media Literacy in Middle schools- resources, media creation, critical literacy
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The Case Against the Bell Coalition's Website Blocking Plan, Part 6: Over-Blocking of Legitimate Websites

The Case Against the Bell Coalition's Website Blocking Plan, Part 6: Over-Blocking of Legitimate Websites | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
As the public concern over the Bell coalition website blocking plan continues to grow (both the Canadian Press and CBC this weekend covered the thousands of interventions at the CRTC), the case against the plan resumes with a review of why it is likely that it will lead to over-blocking of legitimate websites. Last week's post highlighted the probable expansion of the scope of piracy for blocking purposes, a theme that continues today with a look at the many incidents over-blocking of legitimate sites sparked by website blocking (other posts in the series include the state of Canadian copyright, weak evidence on the state of Canadian piracy, the limited impact of piracy, and why the absence of a court order would place Canada at odds with virtually all its allies).

The danger of over-blocking legitimate websites raises serious freedom of expression concerns, particularly since experience suggests that over-blocking is a likely outcome of blocking systems. The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights issued a report in 2014 on the rule of law on the Internet in the wider digital world, noting:
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How a Middle School Library Promotes Maker Learning for All Students - Digital Promise

How a Middle School Library Promotes Maker Learning for All Students - Digital Promise | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
The Digital Promise maker learning team spent some time in Greer, South Carolina this winter observing and filming the Riverside Middle School Library Club students as they worked to design solutions to problems they identified in their community. We are excited to share their story as the second in our series of Maker Promise videos. We were also excited to share that video with Mark Ray, Director of Innovation and Library Services in Vancouver Public Schools and Future Ready Librarians Lead at the Alliance for Excellent Education, and to record his reactions in conversation with Gaelyn Jenkins, the school librarian featured in the video (and recently named South Carolina PTA Middle School Teacher of the Year). The following is an edited transcript of that conversation.

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Top 10 sites to help students check their facts

Top 10 sites to help students check their facts | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Our job as citizens requires more than just being informed. We must also be vigilant about verifying information before posting it on social media.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 26, 8:27 AM
The Top ten sites for fact checking and for Academic Resources add SearchCredible.com to your 21st Century teaching and learning environments.
Tina Jameson's curator insight, January 28, 7:12 PM
Students may have heard of Fake News - opportunity to tie in with lessons on evaluating sources - the importance of been a critical reader, a detective who is prepared to check and challenge resources, and to establish the Trash and the Treasure of what they read.
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Sites to help students channel their investigating, analysing, evaluating, etc. 
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Inspiring Students With Special Needs Through Filmmaking

Inspiring Students With Special Needs Through Filmmaking | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
A maker teacher’s experience using puppetry and filmmaking to engage students with neurological differences.
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Teaching Students to Legally Use Images Online

Teaching Students to Legally Use Images Online | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
As our students use more and more images to enhance their digital products, they need to learn how to respect other people's creative ideas and privacy.

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Plan Videos with Storyboarder –-from  The Chronicle of Higher Education

Plan Videos with Storyboarder –-from  The Chronicle of Higher Education | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it

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What New Research on Young Kids’ Media Use Means for Teachers

What New Research on Young Kids’ Media Use Means for Teachers | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Learn critical insights into mobile device use, media habits at home, and the digital divide.
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7 Must Have Apps, Tools, and Resources That Develop Critical Thinking Skills

7 Must Have Apps, Tools, and Resources That Develop Critical Thinking Skills | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Gone are the days where children were expected to memorize facts and recite them at any given time. Instead, it is hoped that children will develop critical thinking skills so that they can analyze situations, think about different outcomes, and present well-reasoned conclusions. To help children develop critical thinking skills, there are some apps, tools, and resources. Here is a list of the top seven.

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Elevate Digital Citizenship Through SEL

Elevate Digital Citizenship Through SEL | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Learn how character strengths are key to navigating digital dilemmas.
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Google Extends Digital Literacy Training to Teachers

Google Extends Digital Literacy Training to Teachers | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Digital citizenship has stepped into the forefront of a modern-day education. Experts indicate that as schools roll out tech, they also need to be rolling out digital citizenship education.

Tech giant Google heeded that call and partnered with experts to launch Be Internet Awesome, an interactive campaign that educates students on how best to act on the internet.

One part of this Google campaign is Interland, a game that has students travel an imaginary world where they need to fight hackers, phishers, oversharers and bullies with digital citizenship skills. While game-based learning can be effective, educators also need to be armed with skills to teach their students to be citizens of the web.

This month, Google extended its Be Internet Awesome program to include a free online training course to help educators establish foundational skills needed to teach their students to have a safe and positive experience online.

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How school leaders can combat ‘filter bubbles’ and ‘fake news’

How school leaders can combat ‘filter bubbles’ and ‘fake news’ | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Information literacy has been a hot topic of recent conversation. Many folks believe that web sites that traffic in false information and
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A Step by Step Guide to Creating A Class Website Using The New Google Sites via educators' technology

A Step by Step Guide to Creating A Class Website Using The New Google Sites via educators' technology | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Jason Sanderson's curator insight, September 19, 2017 5:03 PM
Simple UI allows teachers and students to quickly and easily create a site.
 
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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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How to manage Cell Phone use in your Classroom

How to manage Cell Phone use in your Classroom | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it

In today’s technological world, there is no escaping the smartphone phenomenon. The average person uses their smartphone anywhere from 8 to 10 hours a day. Most people are even checking their phones every 15 to 20 minutes while they’re awake. The ways in which smartphones have become such an essential part of modern life is staggering, and something to be aware of when teaching in a classroom.

Smartphones can be both a great educational tool and a great distraction in the classroom. It should come as no surprise that almost every child in the US owns or has access to a smartphone. Statistics show that 56 percent of children age 8 to 12 have a smartphone. That number jumps up to 88 percent of teenagers ages 13 to 17 have or have access to a smartphone. And a whopping 91 percent of middle and high school aged students primarily access the internet via their smartphones.

This change in the way we interact with technology and integrate it into our lives has come dramatically and fast. It’s sometimes hard for teachers, many of whom grew up in an era with no mobile phones or even the internet, to adapt to this fast-paced technological generation. While smartphones can easily be the downfall of your students’ attention spans and performance, they don’t have to be. More and more educators these days are incorporating modern technology and students’ own smartphones into their classroom to engage and excite students about learning. Below you will find useful tips on how to manage cell phone use in your classroom, and use it for your teaching benefit.


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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, February 15, 2:18 PM
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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, February 16, 2:24 AM
This article will shed some light on the use of mobile devices in our classrooms when we are still thinking if it is a good option. It is not an option, it is a need, but some things must be seriously analysed.
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6 of The Best Web Tools to Create Class Newspapers

6 of The Best Web Tools to Create Class Newspapers | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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5 Dimensions Of Critical Digital Literacy: A Framework

5 Dimensions Of Critical Digital Literacy: A Framework | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
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Reliable Sources: Promoting Critical Thinking in the [Mis]information Age

Reliable Sources: Promoting Critical Thinking in the [Mis]information Age | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Information cannot always be trusted. Despite popular opinion regarding the devastating impact of the Internet on the modern age, the inherent untrustworthiness of information is not new. Satire, misinformation, and disinformation have been circulating for centuries, even long before the printed word. However, thanks to the relative ease of creating and sharing content online, our students are confronted with publications created solely to entertain, persuade, and incite via incorrect or incomplete statistics.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 8, 2017 2:19 AM
Teaching critical thinking starts with collaboration between teachers and the school librarian! 
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Today's News: REAL or FAKE? - ISTE

Today's News: REAL or FAKE? - ISTE | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it

"At a time when misinformation and fake news spread like wildfire online, the critical need for media literacy education has never been more pronounced. The evidence is in the data:

- 80% of middle schoolers mistake sponsored content for real news.
- 3 in 4 students can’t distinguish between real and fake news on Facebook.
- Fewer than 1 in 3 students are skeptical of biased news sources."


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How to determinereal or fake news
 
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Mars Patel Podcast – A serialized mystery podcast for kids

Mars Patel Podcast – A serialized mystery podcast for kids | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel is a scripted podcast for middle grade kids, performed by middle grade kids. It is a fun, high-quality, serial mystery that can be described as Goonies meets Spy Kids meets Stranger Things for 8-12 year olds. It was voted as one of the top 50 podcasts of 2016 by The Guardian, and was recently honored as a Peabody award winner.

Mars Patel is also a 2017 Webby Award nominee for Best Audio Drama & Best Sound Design/Original Music Score. The show is enjoyed around the world by kids and adults alike.

You can listen and subscribe by clicking any of the links below, or by typing “Mars Patel” into the search engine of your favorite podcast app.

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I love podcasts so am eager to listen to this with my group.
Janet Lanham's curator insight, October 31, 2017 3:20 PM
Engage your reluctant readers with this audio podcast, and then be prepared to follow up with print and audio whodunits to capitalize upon interest! Or use it to launch a mystery genre unit!
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The 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017

The 50 Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2017 | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
As regular readers know, I’ve begun posting my end-of-year “The Best….” lists. There are over 1,700 regularly updated lists now.  You can see them all here. You might also want to check out All Mid…

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How social media parted ways with authenticity

How social media parted ways with authenticity | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
In an age where self-expression and acceptance are so highly prized, why do so many social media platforms promote individual censorship? No one signed up to Twitter or Facebook expecting them to shield us from the world. In fact, their ‘lawlessness’ was part of what made them fun at first: access to the previously inaccessible; …
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A black man goes undercover in the alt-right

A black man goes undercover in the alt-right | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
In an unmissable talk about race and politics in America, Theo E.J. Wilson tells the story of becoming Lucius25, white supremacist lurker, and the unexpected compassion and surprising perspective he found from engaging with people he disagrees with. He encourages us to let go of fear, embrace curiosity and have courageous conversations with people who think differently from us. "Conversations stop violence, conversations start countries and build bridges," he says.
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factitious - online game to teach fake vs real news

factitious - online game to teach fake vs real news | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it

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9 Great Movies for the Middle School Classroom

9 Great Movies for the Middle School Classroom | Middle School Media Lit and Critical Thinking | Scoop.it
Try one of these thought-provoking documentaries to get kids thinking (and learning).
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