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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Don't Believe Everything You Read!

With there being so much information available via social networks and the internet, I can see how it can become difficult for people to decide between credible and non-credible sources. Just because there are so many sources of information available, we have to remember that all all websites are definitely not trust worthy. This is something that I always teach my students and I gave them a good example of why they should always check their sources. Teenagers are always quick to believe a lot of what they hear, whether if it's a rumor about another student, a teacher, or pretty much anything. The one thing that I instructed them to do is stop and think about who is the source that you are getting the information from, and who else have you asked for verification of accuracy? Nine times out of 10, if you hear three different versions of a story then obviously all of the pieces of the story haven't been put together. Again, it's the same concept with the internet. When a big story happens, the first few hours are basically a lot of different facts that are placed in an article. It's not until a few hours later, the pieces of the puzzle are put together and the story is accurate. One of the biggest things I mention to my students is to be careful of certain websites. Typically for news I read the USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution an the New York Times. These are credible news sources because these businesses have been around for a long time and the best of the best news reporters and anchors report their stories there. Websites that end in .edu, .gov. or journals from a databases are traditionally accurate. In terms of entertainment magazines, you never really know what is true or not just because the entertainment business is so unpredictable because of celebrities and their lives. When you are dealing with celebrities you have to be very careful with what you read because's based on the world of entertainment which is always a unpredictable subject. Data Smog is an interesting term from the article because it sums up the world we live in. "It refers to the idea that too much information can create a barrier in our lives. This data smog is produced by the amount of information, the speed at which it comes to us from all directions, the need to make fast decisions, and the feeling of anxiety that we are making decisions without having ALL the information that is available or that we need." We all have had data smog in our lives and it's very important that we don't get caught up in it because it can crowd our minds with information which is not true. That's why it's always important to check your sources!!!

1 comment:

Nurse TJ said...


I totally agree. Teenagers are prone to believe whatever they hear or read. Very few of them are discrimantory in what they choose to believe. When it comes to things online, they just go with the first thing that comes up. Do you remember that State Farm commercial from awhile back where the young lady kept saying 'it must be true, it was on the internet'. That was my favorite commerical for the longest! It was on tv before I began teaching, but it was applicable to people in general. When I would hear something far fetched, it would be followed "I read it online". That just op ened the door for me to sarcastically say "Right, because you can beleive everything you see on the internet"!

I gave my students an assignment recently where they had to research a particular career in healthcare. One of the quesions was, what school can you attend in order to obtain the education needed for this job? I was amazed by the number of kids who thought they could attend Everest Institute(more of a technical school) in order to become a physcian. They basically were typing in "degrees or education needed" and ads for Everest would pop up. Somehow, the kids just figured, "oh, a school, I will write it down", without giving any thought to whether or not a medical degree could actually be obtained! Forget giving thought to it, how about READING through the website to see if it is reliable!! We definitely have our work cut out for us!!