Auto-Annotating News Articles To Scaffold Media Literacy Skills In Students

Michael Caulfield, Hapgood, May 11, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a really nice example of using automation hand-in-hand with instruction to develop metacognitive skills. To over-simplify: Mike Caulfield describes the use of a tool to extract data from large sets of articles where the data references funding, support or authorship from a partisan think-tank, then looks at these and asks about what sort of agenda these think-tanks may have. "It’s the sort of thing an perceptive student would select and search on, to find more about the source of the information. And it’s the kind of thing a majority of students wouldn’t notice or think about at all."
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