by Stephen Downes
Jan 09, 2017
I noticed this too: numerous incorrect (and indeed, impossible) reports that the shooter in Florida had boarded a flight in Canada. What's significant here is that this fake news (for that's what it was) had nothing to do with social media: it originated, was spread, and was not properly corrected by traditional media. Not social media. If young people are spreading fake news, it's only because they are following the example set by the authorities and role models in society. Sadly, some of those same role models argue that they young should not be given the tools of critical literacy, thereby depriving them of any remedy they might have had. Photo: ABC News
George Couros discusses three key areas on an innovator's mindset: entrepreneurial spirit, ethical citizen, and empowered learner. The first is a bit of a tautology if you accept the current definition of innovation. But the latter two are important. 'Ethical citizen' involves "humility, fairness and open-mindedness... respect, empathy and compassion; and ... teamwork, collaboration and communication." And the last requires one "who thinks critically and makes discoveries; who uses technology to learn, innovate, communicate, and discover." Of course all of these constitute much more that mere innovation. They are required for citizenship generally.
I listened to this podcast in the middle of Thursday night, while sleeping, so my first recollection of it is all mixed up with dreams (example: as a social experiment, Danny Kahneman and Amos Tversky swimming together out into the mid-Atlantic to reset standard time as it approaches from Europe). I woke up just enough to realize how good this podcast was, and reading the transcript today reinforces that. The core of their work (at least as interpreted by Freakonomics) is that people make decisions irrationally for a variety of predicable reasons. There is that, but I first encountered Tversky's work in the 1990s, and to me it made the case for the employment of salience in a definition of relevant similarity (it's not that people are irrational, it's that they're rational in different ways than economic theory would predict). See also: Select All, where I describe this influence; Tversky and Gati, Studies of Similarity; Kanhneman, Thinking about Thinking.
Danah boyd, despite the provocative title, sticks to a relatively mainstream analysis of recent media failures. She criticizes people's misuse of what might be called the basic elements of media literacy: questioning sources, empowering readers, and doing your own research. She suggests this leaves people unprepared deal with fake news or to even grasp what counts as truth in a chaotic and confused media landscape, and that media literacy (as depicted here) is leading us (or, at least, the U.S.) deeper into tribalism. But a return to the old order of experts and traditional media (which she seems sometimes to support and sometimes not) will not lead us out of the current morass. Nor, probably, is there a technological solution. We need to learn to see the world differently.
This would be pretty advanced digital literacy, I would say, but it focuses on some pretty basic skills: using tools to scan content and extract informatun related to your particular interest or need. In this case, Wesley Fryer wants to useTwitter as the data source, aggregating content on universal basic income (UBI) using IFTTT and saving it into Pocket. He would then send the Pocket to a Twitter feed and display it using Flipboard. Not everything went as planned and he bogged down writing a Python application. I probably wouldn't use Flipboard, but if I had to, I'd import the feed to Flipboard using the RSS from Pocket modified by IFFTT to feed into Flipboard's RSS reader. Or just use a specialized application.
This is a generally favorable review of Articulate 360. The software is now subscription based such that one account provides access to a wide set of services designed to help in the creation, review, storage and playback of e-learning resources. The review does not go much beyond a description of these services. It's not cheap, though, with pricing between $US 700-1000 per year. You can get a much more detailed review from Joe Ganci in learning Solutions. Upside Learning has a short article and video. Learning Tech offers a mixed review.
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