Be literate or be fooled!

As a kid, I was taught by my mother to be critical of everything and everyone. My mom was super strict with my sisters and I. She had to meet all our friends, we had strict curfews and we were never to talk to strangers ever. Needless to say that she was ver protective of my sisters and I.

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If I grew up in the times like today, I could see my mother refusing all cell phones and technology. She would teach us to be critical like she did when we were kids. And now that I am a mother of two, I’m teaching my kids about being critical online and to be prudent.

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Have any of you seen the article about astronaut Scott Kelly this week? NASA found itself at the center of digital misinformation in regards to a fake story. Last week online headlines stated that the astronaut no longer had the same DNA as his twin and that his DNA had not returned back to normal since his return from space. Here is the article from The Atlantic that discusses the situation and the fake news.

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/03/scott-kelly-dna-fake-news/555794/

Fake news is everywhere that it becomes imperative that we teach our students and children about being critical learners and thinkers. We have to teach about questioning where the source comes from. After having read the article Fake news fools millions, I appreciated the lesson plan attached. The only way we can teach are students to become critical is to practice being critical, to look for questionable material that can be found online. We need to be able to teach our students about investigating what is fiction or factual.

I also enjoyed the article Media Literacy: A National Priority for a Changing World. The term screen-agers. is crazy but true as we raising learners who are constantly online and using screen time as their daily routine. My students are constantly teaching me new things daily may it be terms, programs and apps. They will always know more than me when it comes technology. Though at the same time, most of my students are not fully aware of what is fake and what is real online. I feel as though it starts at home and at the schools. Teachers need to be able to also teach our students about being aware of what is truly real and to be informed not misinformed. Teaching students to really question who is sharing the information? Who is the author of this information? What techniques is the author using to gain my attention? How will others understand this information differently from my point of view? Why is the information being shared?

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As long as this information is being discussed and taught at the home and in the classroom, our learners will become more literate and hopefully not fooled by fake news.

Thanks!

Krista

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2 thoughts on “Be literate or be fooled!

  1. I really liked how you related media literacy to your own experiences growing up. A lot of the time it feels like the students know more than us about tech and online behaviour but I wonder if teachers could use this to guide their instruction?

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