Category: Literacy

It’s Not Too Late to Replace Toxic Tech With Humane Technology

Each of the paradigms of thinking in the tech industry that got us where we are should be overhauled by a human-centered focus. Rather than shrugging off the harms of technology by asserting that there are always costs and benefits, we should focus on minimizing harmful externalities. Rather than giving users what they want, we must respect human weaknesses and vulnerabilities (for example, the way social media platforms exploit the brain’s dopamine response). Rather than […]

Schoolkids Are Falling Victim to Disinformation and Conspiracy Fantasies – Scientific American

Working with the Poynter Institute and the Local Media Association and with support from Google.org (a charity founded by the technology giant), Wineburg and his team have created a civic online reasoning course that teaches students to evaluate information by reading laterally. Source: Schoolkids Are Falling Victim to Disinformation and Conspiracy Fantasies – Scientific American

Schoolkids Are Falling Victim to Disinformation and Conspiracy Fantasies – Scientific American

They found that whereas historians and students were often fooled by manipulative Web sites, journalism fact-checkers were not. In addition, their methods of analysis differed significantly: historians and students tried to assess the validity of Web sites and information by reading vertically, navigating within a site to learn more about it, but fact-checkers read laterally, opening new browser tabs for different sources and running searches to judge the original Web site’s credibility. Source: Schoolkids Are […]

Schoolkids Are Falling Victim to Disinformation and Conspiracy Fantasies – Scientific American

The idea is to teach kids how to evaluate and think critically about the messages they receive and to recognize falsehoods masquerading as truth. Source: Schoolkids Are Falling Victim to Disinformation and Conspiracy Fantasies – Scientific American

Principled Uncertainty: Why Learning to Ask Good Questions Matters More than Finding Answers | PIL Provocation Series

What can we do as educators to encourage the ethical practice of curiosity, not just for times of uncertainty but as an everyday habit? What are we doing that inhibits curiosity? How can we pair curiosity with robust ethical practices that lead to creating, evaluating, and sharing information with integrity? And, in an already deeply divided society with a fractured media landscape, how can we be prepared for the ways these ambiguous moments of not […]

Principled Uncertainty: Why Learning to Ask Good Questions Matters More than Finding Answers | PIL Provocation Series

While such high levels of anxious uncertainty are rarely experienced by entire populations simultaneously, this moment highlights a critical need: Coping with our information landscape requires that we are comfortable with what we cannot know for sure, able to approach uncertainty with curiosity, and have a toolkit of ethical practices for exploration. Source: Principled Uncertainty: Why Learning to Ask Good Questions Matters More than Finding Answers | PIL Provocation Series

Principled Uncertainty: Why Learning to Ask Good Questions Matters More than Finding Answers | PIL Provocation Series

A large majority of recent graduates from top U.S. universities and colleges reported that they felt that college failed to prepare them to ask questions of their own. Source: Principled Uncertainty: Why Learning to Ask Good Questions Matters More than Finding Answers | PIL Provocation Series

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