Click to read The Post-Truth Era – Part 1. This week, our professor Alec, asked us to write about an average day (for us) in terms of reading and making sense of information, media and the world around you by discussing personal strategies for analyzing and validating information? After all, if we are going to … More The Post-Truth Era – Part 2
Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year for 2016 was post-truth as defined as “an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”. This week’s class discussion focused on the new and emerging challenges of literacy in a … More The Post-Truth Era – Part 1
Wow! I learned so much from my EC&I832 classmates this week on media literacy. This topic fits well with an earlier debate in our class about the concept of digital natives. For further discussion on this topic, click here. Generation Z which includes those born anywhere from the mid-90s to early 2000s. This crew is … More Media Literacy and Beyond!
A Side Note to Start For some descriptions of digital identity followed by a social activism perspective on digital identity, check out my video “How do we approach the concept of identity in a digital and networked world?” Jumping In Common Sense Media’s article “How to Have Honest Conversations About Social Media with Students” suggests … More Start by Having an Honest Conversation with Yourself
This week Alec posed the question, “what sort of world are we preparing students for?” This question really digs deep into the purpose of education. What are we doing as teachers in the classroom? Are we preparing students for a career several years down the road? Are we teaching them to explore their current world … More The Future is Here – Are We Ready for It?
During our last class session, as Dr. Couros presented various critiques of technology through the ages we are reminded that every new technology brings what Devorah Heitner calls a cycle of anxiety. A NY Times columnist writes “Before the Internet, television, telephones and automobiles all had their turn at being bashed by people afraid of … More The Internet is Not the Problem
This New Year’s season I heard many people talk about their resolution being to scroll less. That is, to spend less time scrolling through social media sites or apps in favour of spending more time IRL. This sounded like an excellent idea to me as I often find myself trying to disconnect. As Nathan Jurgenson … More The Jurgenson Effect: A New Year’s Resolution Ruiner