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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?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

“You can’t believe everything you read on the internet" – Abraham Lincoln

Much like a few people have already mentioned, I also make sure to speak with my students about using internet research with caution. I like to use the following quote with them: “You can’t believe everything you read on the internet – Abraham Lincoln”. It is a funny quote that makes the students take a minute to think about the validity of what they read online. I like to point out the fact that ANYONE can edit information on sites like Wikipedia, and even I have made corrections on the website in the past. The other practice I have adopted in my classroom in regards to research is “textbook first, laptop second”. I make the students spend at least 20 minutes looking up information on their assigned topic (career path, microphone types, lighting equipment) before they can check out a laptop to look online. This guarantees they are actually starting with factual information, and they are focused on the assignment versus getting distracted online. This technique also gives them a jumping off point for research. If they see something on a website that is drastically different from what they just found in the book, they will know to choose another website.


Mr. H said...

This is a great post Taylor!
I always think of the tried and true commercial about the girl who says they can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true.

Great little thirty second video that shows a literal take that more people have than what you would believe.

It is amazing to see just how far off the deep end people go especially during an election season. Just last November I remember watching an interview of an elderly woman who said she was not voting for Mitt Rominey because he tied his dog to the roof of his car on a family vacation. The statement alone by this elderly woman made me laugh so hard because I thought there is NO way this could be true. However, upon careful research I did indeed found out that there is validity to this story. This just goes to show just how crazy a story could be bringing instant disbelief and then finding out shortly thereafter it is true. Here is the supporting article on Snopes.

Mr. H.

Trenton said...

I agree Taylor. So many students take anything they find on the internet to be true. When I comment on the fact that wikipedia is not a trustwothy source because of it's ability to be editted by the public and some students trip out. Some are aware that it is a site that can be changed by users, but many of them are unaware. Many of them think because of the format or presentation of the material looks to be "official" that it is factual. It is a lesson that is hard for a number of students to grasp.