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Fake news and the need to teach media literacy/critical thinking.

In November 2016, the Stanford Graduate School of Education released a report titled Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning and found “a dismaying inability by students to reason about information they see on the Internet”  and “The authors worry that democracy is threatened by the ease at which disinformation about civic issues is allowed to spread and flourish” (from the news report). See also the executive summary.  Read this recent New York Times article Fake News Fooling Millions!

Looking for resources and ideas to build and reinforce media literacy and those critical questioning skills with your students? Check out the Inquiry page on the new TDSB Virtual Library and send your students hunting for articles on this topic in databases, such as Explorer.  Your TL can assist you with all of these.

Here are a couple of other randomly selected resources: Edutopia has recently posted an item by Mary Beth Hertz titled Battling Fake News in the Classroom. Read this checklist 10 Questions for fake news detection and check out sites like Media Smarts. The Professional Library has ordered the new edition of Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom by Frank Baker but it already has a bunch of reserves on it.


January 13, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

8 Digital Skills to Teach Children

Posted July 13, 2106, the item 8 Digital Skills We Must Teach our Children, written by Yuhyun Park, appears on the World Economic Forum web page.

The digital skills include: identity, use, safety, security, emotional intelligence communication, literacy, rights,  as demonstrated in the following image:

Check it out! Rowan


August 16, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

MediaSmarts releases digital literacy lesson plans for secondary level

Source: MediaSmarts news release, May 25 2016

From Ethics and Empathy to Making and Remixing: Extending Digital Literacy to the Secondary Grades

For more than a decade, MediaSmarts has been a leader in defining digital literacy in Canada. This is reflected in the elementary digital literacy framework we launched in 2015. The Use, Understand & Create framework is based on a holistic approach which recognizes that the different skills that make up digital literacy cannot be fully separated. The framework identifies six overlapping aspects of digital literacy – ethics and empathy, privacy and security, finding and verifying, digital health, consumer awareness, and community engagement – and includes resources to ensure that every Canadian student from Kindergarten to Grade Eight can receive a comprehensive digital literacy education. Now we are extending that work to the secondary grades with a suite of new lessons in all six categories as well as adding a seventh aspect – Making and Remixing – to help students learn how to use digital tools to collaborate with others and to create and ethically remix content.

The framework and supporting resources are freely available at

Click here to see the grade 9 -12 lessons.

Check it out! Rowan


June 1, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

10 things about K-12 student’s digital learning

Source: Speak Up Project tomorrow


May 17, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

MediaSmarts on teacher digital experience

MediaSmarts has released a Canadian-based report titled Connected to Learn: Teacher’s digital experiences with networked technologies in the classroom.

From their news release:

“…in 2015 MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation surveyed more than 4,000 teachers to find out what forms of networked technologies their schools provide them with for classroom use; what devices (if any) their students are permitted to use in class; how students use those devices for their school work; what kind of support teachers receive from their schools and school boards in making meaningful use of these technologies; what digital literacy skills they feel students should be learning; and how confident they feel in teaching those skills.”

And … 

” we’re now able to show that Canadian teachers recognize this as well, but that they need sufficient training, autonomy and support to teach these essential skills and to be able to fully integrate digital technologies into their classroom practice.”

If  you like that, you may also be interested in a new report released by ASCD and Overdrive titled Digital Content Goes to Schools (American)

From their news release:

Top findings include the following:

  • Almost two-thirds (65 percent) of administrators currently using digital content in their classrooms report that their school or districts’ replacement of print with digital material will increase next year.
  • Three-quarters of administrators indicated their teachers are most interested in digital content for ELA (74 percent) – followed by science (62 percent), math (61 percent), and social studies (56 percent).
  • To effectively integrate digital content into their curriculum, administrators reported that their teachers would like hands-on, how-to, differentiated, and in-person professional development, preferably with facilitators who have already implemented the hardware or software into their own classrooms.

Check ’em out!


April 14, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Deep learning in a digital world

Source: LearnTeachLead:

In 2015, Quest explored the theme of Deep Learning in a Digital World. Hear from this year’s expert speakers including Michael Fullan, Carol Campbell, Alec Couros, Jennifer Corriero, Will Richardson and George Couros as they explain what deep learning in a digital world really entails.

About Quest:

Every year the York Region District School Board’s Quest Conference brings together members of the educational community from around the world. Participants consider contemporary educational issues and learn together to improve student achievement and well-being.

Michael Fullan
Carol Campbell
Alec Couros
George Couros
Will Richardson
Jennifer Correiro

Check ’em out! Rowan


February 18, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Literacy in a digital world

The Ministry has released 3 new monographs in the Capacity Building series, and  #41 is titled Literacy for a Connected World. Check out the new look of the series.

From page 1: “Today’s literate learners need to integrate knowledge from multiple sources, including video, online databases and other media. They need to think critically about information that can be found nearly instantaneously throughout the

Frankly there are elements of this monograph that I found a little weird-oid, but it does address networked learning environments and what makes a good digital citizen (page 6),  and also how teachers can manage it or at least begin to wrap one’s head around it, from page 7: “The educator’s role shifts from that of disseminator of information to that of facilitator and skill-developer. Rather than providing students with content knowledge only, the educator’s role is to teach students how to
access, think critically about, synthesize, use, create and share content. Students are also encouraged to ask questions and tackle real problems in innovative ways.”

Check it out!


October 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

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