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‘Bad Ads’ and the Study of Rhetoric

Edutopia – Jori Krulder

“Rhetoric and media literacy are essential skills for students, but where to begin? On social media alone, students are hit with a never-ending barrage of persuasive messages. Ads are pervasive, and although students are often aware that they’re being influenced, knowing how persuasion works gives them a whole new power to understand and affect their world.” (more)

4 steps to help students develop a healthy media diet

E-School News – Stacey Pusey

“With the proliferation of technology in school and at home, parents are looking for direction on how to keep their kids’ media habits in check. Librarians, who are often at the front lines of media and tech in schools, can provide that crucial guidance. The discussions shouldn’t focus on denying technology, though, said Michelle Cooper, library media specialist at White Oak Independent School District (ISD) in Texas, in the edWebinar “Achieving Media Balance in a Tech-Immersed World.” Instead, librarians can help families learn how to maintain a healthy balance and become good digital citizens.” (more)

Training in media literacy is in order

E-School News – Larry Atkins

“When I ask my students whether they’ve received training in media literacy, they respond with shrugs and blank stares. Freshmen frequently cite obscure websites as sources in their papers instead of government documents or respected news sources. Try MayoClinic.org and CDC.gov on the legalization of medical marijuana, I tell them, not “Joe’s Weed page.” A 2016 Stanford University study showed that middle school, high school, and college students have difficulty judging the credibility of online information and are frequently duped by fake news, biased sources, and sponsored content.” (more)

Watch without mother: The end of watching TV as a family

BBC – Sean Coughlan

“It would be hard to exaggerate the influence that television once held over family life. Even if you hated programmes, you still watched them. It was always there in the background. It was where people gathered, a shared experience in families and a shared experience across communities. But that world is disappearing.” (more)

Critical Thinking Skills to Help Students Better Evaluate Scientific Claims

KQED News Min/Shift – Leah Shaffer

“Michelle Joyce doesn’t shy away from politicized science topics such as climate change. In fact, she works to equip seniors at Palmetto Ridge High School in Naples, Florida with the skills to accurately evaluate those topics on their own. Along with teaching chemistry and physics, she offers a class called “thinking skills” where students solve logic and math puzzles while also enhancing their media literacy. Students go beyond just learning about legitimate sources of information on the internet and delve into just how the information is put together in the first place.”(more)

The Future of Fake News

Edutopia – Erin Wilkey Oh

“On an episode of Radiolab recorded earlier this year, host Simon Adler leads us down a fascinating and somewhat terrifying path into the future of fake news, where videos of real people—like a U.S. president—can be made to say fake things. While we have strategies for identifying fake images, a new wave of audio and video manipulation tools have the potential to twist reality even further. For educators and those of us thinking about how to ensure that students have the skills they need to be informed citizens, these new technologies are an urgent reminder of the importance of news and media literacy education.”(more)