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Media specialist: 3 ways to break down barriers between students and reading

E-School News – Sheryl Parker

“What do you picture when you think of a librarian? If you have an image in mind of this little old woman, stamping books in her half-rimmed glasses, then you would be one of many still drawing on this archetype. Many people today would be surprised by how much librarians have shifted from the stereotype I just described. In fact, we’ve changed so much that the title “librarian” barely applies anymore.”(more)

Schools should teach pupils how to spot ‘fake news’

BBC – Sean Coughlin

“Schools should teach young people about how to identify “fake news”, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s education director. Andreas Schleicher is planning to include questions about such “global competencies” in the next round of the influential international Pisa tests. He wants teenagers to look beyond the social media “echo chamber”, where they might hear only views like their own. Students need more places to “exchange ideas”, says Mr Schleicher. The OECD aims to develop global policies focused on improving economic and social well-being. Its education chief says schools need to equip young people with the skills needed to navigate the digital world, with unreliable claims on social media and falsified news.”(more)

USA Today: Students need to know this for media literacy

E-School News – Meris Stansbury

“Students today are increasingly turning to online new sources to meet their research needs. Because of this, it is important for educators to teach students about trustworthy news sources and separating real news from fake news—but how can teachers impart these media literacy skills when trends in journalism are constantly shifting? In “Media Literacy: A Crash Course in 60 Minutes,” hosted by and sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, interviewed Greg Toppo, the National Education and Demographics reporter for USA Today, about today’s shifting trends in journalism and how teachers can help students identify reliable sources.”(more)

How media literacy is critical to saving our democracy

E-School News – Alan November

“The fact that 80 percent of middle school students in a recent study could not distinguish between fake news and authentic news on the web shows that we, as educators, have to do a better job of teaching media literacy in the digital age. That means paying just as much attention to teaching students how to be smart consumers of information as we pay to what we filter in our schools. Across 12 states and 7,800 student responses, the overwhelming majority of our students from middle schools to universities were easily manipulated into believing falsehoods to be true or credible. According to reporting by NPR about the study, “In exercise after exercise, the researchers were ‘shocked’—their word, not ours—by how many students failed to effectively evaluate the credibility of information.” I am not shocked.”(more)

Parent-Preschooler Interactions Affected by Media Use, Study Says

Education News – Grace Smith

“A new study from the University of Michigan has found that even preschool-aged children are caught up in the electronic device rage. Parents and kids three to five- years-old are not communicating with one another because the young ones are using video games, mobile devices, and television so often. The difference in this study is that instead of relying on self-reporting by parents who were tracking their children’s media time, the scientists tried something different. The researchers used audio equipment to follow preschoolers as they interacted with their parents in 2010 and 2011…The surprising results showed that kids with mothers who had graduate degrees had much less exposure to media than young ones with moms who had only high school diplomas or who had one year of university. Nicholas Waters, the lead author of the study, said that moms who were highly educated were more likely to discuss media use with their kids. The research also found that these mothers had their children watch more education programming on television.”(more)

How to balance digital devices and childhood development

Deseret News – Eric Schulzke

“A growing body of literature is now addressing the collision of the digital age with the rapidly advancing sciences of parenting, brain development and reading acquisition…“Tap, Click & Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens,” by Lisa Guernsey and Michael Levine, now takes its place on this bookshelf. It looks at how parents, caregivers and teachers can navigate digital media devices, using them to enhance learning…the American Association of Pediatrics in early October came out with new guidelines for screen time for children…They recognize what a number of scholars have come to conclude: that is, that not all screens are equal. The amount of screen time is clearly important, especially for a very young children. But it’s context, content and the child that matter most.”(more)