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2. Show respect and consideration of others when posting and commenting. This includes individuals, students, organizations, political parties, colleagues, etc.
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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

Not all information is considered equal

No matter how you look at this blog post, you can be guaranteed that it is one that has a myriad of opinions on what is and what is not. The idea that anyone could ever make a statement that in the sea of information that flows through the collective veins of the internet is at all inclusive or exclusive, or even evidence of truth is an injustice in and of itself. At the end of the day we cannot trust anything from the internet, even in its purest form.

Depending on how you argue this sentiment, whether through blog, wiki, youtube channel, or mainstream media, one truth remains, nothing is ever as it seems. And in this day and age it almost seems as if we live in some fantasy world where you can make a choice between a red pill and blue pill and “enter the matrix” if you will…

With all of this being said my main thoughts on all of this are stick to the tried and true methods of story verification. First and foremost, if you read it online the first rule is BE Suspicious, the second one is, if you read it in black and white print in a magazine and it supports what you have already read online, there MAY be a great deal of merit to it!

Finally, I have always been a true believer in certain aspects in MAINSTREAM media. If you want to use sub domains and subpar websites to gain your information, use your head and compare with mainstream media outlets no matter what political views you have (MSNBC TO FOX NEWS) and understand that if there are some parts echoed on either or both sides of the fence, then there more than likely is some merit to what you have discovered.

Of course, in the end, if you want to be safe, talk about tried and true events, proven through the annals of time to get your teaching point across and avoid that monster altogether if you have to.

Mr. H.

1 comment:

Sonya Dunbar said...

Mr. H. I found your comments to be very interesting and heartfelt on your part. I seems like you have had some personal experience with retrieving false information from the web at some point. I have heard many people say that you cannot trust "anything" on the internet and I am not sure if I totally agree with that or not. (Due to some things that I researched over the years that were very helpful to me personally and professionally)However, I do agree that there are a lot of sites out there that are inaccurate, inappropriate, and down-right dangerous! I also agree with what you said about using sources that are "tried and true" like Fox and MSNBC etc. Time is the true test of what is true...if it is false, manipulative, or dangerous it probable won't be around for very long like the reliable sources. I will take heed your warning in general about the safety/accuracy of the internet while I am surfing the web! Thanks!