November 28, 2016

Fact or Fiction? 8 TED-Ed Videos and a TED Talk to Show To Your Students

Wondering how to start the conversation with your students about fake news? TED-Ed ( is a great place to begin the dialogue.

"Lessons worth sharing" at TED-Ed are created around a TED talk or a YouTube video. See all Lessons. Choose your level of involvement: share and discuss the video, share a lesson idea, or get involved with the organization itself.

You can use any or all of the 8 TED-Ed videos below to launch discussions with your students. 

Note: The Think link will take you to a quiz and Dig Deeper has additional resources for study. Discuss leads to online discussions already started, and if you join the TED-Ed community, you and your students can add your own discussion.

1. "How to choose your news"
Damon Brown
YouTube description: "With the advent of the Internet and social media, news is distributed at an incredible rate by an unprecedented number of different media outlets. How do we choose which news to consume? Damon Brown gives the inside scoop on how the opinions and facts (and sometimes non-facts) make their way into the news and how the smart reader can tell them apart."

Think | Dig Deeper 

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2.  "How False News Can Spread" 
Noah Tavlin
YouTube description: "In previous decades, most news with global reach came from several major newspapers and networks with the resources to gather information directly. The speed with which information spreads now, however, has created the ideal conditions for something called circular reporting. Noah Tavlin sheds light on this phenomenon."

Think | Dig Deeper | Discuss

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3.  "Beware online 'filter bubbles' " 
Eli Pariser
YouTube description: " As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy. Read our community Q&A with Eli (featuring 10 ways to turn off the filter bubble)"

Think | Dig Deeper | Discuss
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4. "Not all scientific studies are created equal" 
David H. Schwartz
YouTube description: "Every day, we are bombarded by attention grabbing headlines that promise miracle cures to all of our ailments -- often backed up by a "scientific study." But what are these studies, and how do we know if they are reliable? David H. Schwartz dissects two types of studies that scientists use, illuminating why you should always approach the claims with a critical eye."

Think | Dig Deeper | Discuss
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5. "Capturing authentic narratives" 
Michele Weldon
YouTube description: "Journalism can be much more than reporting. An authentic, human narrative touches audiences and keeps them reading. Learn how to shape a human-centered news story, and the importance of facts, context and heart."

Think | Dig Deeper

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6. "The key to media's hidden codes"
Ben Beaton
YouTube description: "Colors, camera angles and logos in the media can all prompt immediate associations with emotions, activities and memories. Learn to decode the intricate system of symbols that are a part of everyday life -- from media messages to traffic signs." 

Think | Dig Deeper
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7. "How algorithms shape our world"
Kevin Slavin
YouTube description: "Kevin Slavin argues that we're living in a world designed for -- and increasingly controlled by -- algorithms. In this riveting talk from TEDGlobal, he shows how these complex computer programs determine espionage tactics, stock prices, movie scripts, and architecture. Slavin also warns that we are writing code we can't understand with implications we can't control."

Think | Dig Deeper
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8. "How statistics can be misleading"
Mark Liddell
YouTube description: "Statistics are persuasive. So much so that people, organizations, and whole countries base some of their most important decisions on organized data. But any set of statistics might have something lurking inside it that can turn the results completely upside down. Mark Liddell investigates Simpson’s paradox."

Conclusion: "All we can do is carefully study the actual situations the statistics describe and consider whether lurking variables may be present."
Think | Dig Deeper | Discuss
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I added this TED talk as a bonus. Perhaps you can create a lesson for it? It is most definitely worth your students' time and consideration.

TED talk: "Battling bad science"
Ben Goldacre
YouTube description: "Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they're right? Doctor and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre shows us, at high speed, the ways evidence can be distorted, from the blindingly obvious nutrition claims to the very subtle tricks of the pharmaceutical industry." 

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A YouTube Playlist of the above videos is HERE.


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September 28, 2016

Shout-out to Kasey Bell aka @ShakeUpLearning for her #GAFE #googleedu Content!


Okay, so yesterday's GEM from Kasey Bell did it. I had to write this appreciation post! 

Check it out:

The URL hints that Kasey started out with 20 Apps. I'm betting she'll keep updating us as more Apps integrate with Google. So handy!

I've been following Kasey for a while. She's on it, always making sure the neat lists and guides she creates are current.

These are just three of her other creations:

6 Steps to Google Certified Trainer
(Just updated)

You can subscribe to Kasey's website to keep up with her latest goings-on. And of course you can follow her on Twitter at @shakeuplearning.

MAHALO, Kasey for your most excellent work to bring consistently useful Google content to those of us hungry for anything Google. (Yes, I'm a Google #fangirl from way back. Go 💖#GTANY! )

You make keeping up with the ever-changing, ever-integrating Google FUN, Kasey. Keep on being awesome!

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September 26, 2016

10 Children's Books (Almost) As Awesome as The Book of Knowledge

Old enough to remember this?
"My granddaughter is 6 now and in 1st grade! She's beginning to ask questions like "is air heavy?" When I was a kid my parents got me The Book of Knowledge. Why is the sky blue? How come things fall down, not up? I remember reading every page! Today the Internet can answer those questions, but how about those things you never think about? Can you recommend books with info about questions like these? What are today's successors to The Book of Knowledge?" -- Richard

As you know, Richard, new is not necessarily better. Wasn't The Book of Knowledge the BEST? Everything was in there!

Here are my recommendations:

The iconic National Geographic is #Awesome, with:

1. What in the World?
2. 5000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!)
3. Why? 1,111 Answers to Everything

These daring and dangerous books are timeless and ageless, and I ordered them for our library:


4. The Daring Book for Girls (and 5. The Double-Daring Book for Girls), by Andrea J. Buchanan
6. The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hall Iggulden

Saving the best for last:
Encyclopedic children-of-all-ages book publishing ROYALTY in my opinion is Dorling Kindersley

DK's consistently award-winning content and the distinctive look and elegant feel of DK paper books make for a most fulfilling book experience!

Here are my top four DK children's book recommendations:

 7.  Children's Illustrated Encyclopedia
 8.  First Encyclopedia
 9.  Merriam-Webster Illustrated Dictionary
10. Smithsonian Picturepedia

Save your pennies for when your granddaughter turns 8, Richard. You'll probably want to get some of DK's beautiful Eyewitness titles.

So the short answer is: it will take at least 10 books to replace our beloved Book of Knowledge!

On a serious note: Mahalo for passing on your reading love and thirst for knowledge to your granddaughter, Richard. She is one lucky girl. 

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P. S. This "books and reading" post marks the official merge of my SEABURY READS blog with See my transition post at: SEABURY READS is moving to!

September 05, 2016

10 Reshare-Worthy #GAFE #googleedu Tweets (Just In Case You Missed them) 🐦


Here are my 10 latest #GAFE #googleedu tweets, just in case you missed them.

1. Google Keep's "Grab Image Text"
2. Google Tools to Support Literacy

3. The new Google for Education Certified Trainer Program

4. Google Cast Now Built in Chrome

5. Google Keep Tips

6. Google Apps Guidebook Written by Students

7. Hangouts on Air Moving to YouTube

8. Google Updates for Back to School

9. What Google Looks For When Hiring Engineers

10. How to Book and Subscribe to a Resource in Google Calendar, for Organizations

Hope you're off to a spectacular start this school year!

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July 15, 2016

5 Tech Tools and an Observation at CUE Rockstar Maui

#cuerockstar Maui! That's a wrap! #HSTE - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

PC: Michael Fricano

It was so much fun to have Seabury Hall host CUE* Rockstar Maui camp this week! 

I was a lead learner (this is a more appropriate title for me than teacher or presenter, I think, especially in a hands-on event like CUE Rockstar), so I didn't get to attend the other sessions.

However, I did keep my ears open to the conversations, asked questions during breaks, and enjoyed the photos and videos that attendees shared.

And these tech tools piqued my interest: 

1. +Michael Fricano II whipped out his Ricoh Theta S camera to take the group photo shown above. So cool!

2. +Meghan Walters shared JoeZoo, a rubric-centric, feedback-friendly Google grading tool Add-On that looks like it would be fantastic for grading English and history essay projects. I must investigate!

3. Stand-alone Street View App to post spherical photos. It's a misnomer. They need to change the name. I'm going to do indoor shots when our library renovation is complete.

4. +Joe Wood says that the Round Me app to publish VR (virtual reality) captures, is as hassle-free as the developers claim.

5. Lastly, Videolicious sounds like a winner! Broadcast journalists sometimes use the app for quick reporting of the news? No way! I will definitely have to check it out.

Have you tried any of these tools?

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Observation? Mobile, mobile, mobile, both in presentations and throughout the camp. #nosurprise

It was a great week to learn new things!

A photo posted by Linda Lindsay (@mauilibrarian2) on

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*CUE = Computer Using Educators