January 13, 2017

"What's Up with Google?" Google Rocks! Hawaii back on January 25

Google Rocks! Hawaii will be back on January 25, after a nine-month hiatus, with Show #86!

We will be airing monthly during the school year, on various educational topics, and always with something Google-rific in the mix.

Starting us off will be some special EdTech Team guests, who will get us pumped for the HAWAII SUMMIT, featuring Google for Education. The Summit will be held on March 25-26 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. You can register right on the Summit page, on the upper right.

Won't you join us?

Regular Hawaii educator panelists who are slated to join us are: +Shane Asselstine+Jody Brown+Michelle Carlson Colte+Michael Fricano II, and +Anne Torige.

Simply click on the above YouTube video at 7pm HST on January 25 to view the show. During the broadcast, you'll be able to ask questions in the Live Chat to the right (something new, so cool!).

Catch you on the 25th!

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December 30, 2016

The New Google SITES: Recommended Tutorials for Teachers

The new Google Sites arrived for everyone in November (Finally!).  And according to many early adopters, Sites is a cinch to use.

First, of all, if you're still pondering a transfer to the new Google Sites, check out Mike Reading's comprehensive article comparing the classic Sites to the new:
What does the new Google Sites have to offer and how does it compare to the classic version?. Mike Reading, Google Certified Teacher and Trainer and Microsoft Master Educator. Using Technology Better, no pub. date.
The new Google Sites, with 🎉 drag-and-drop and 🎉 real-time co-editing, is looking simple for the moment (just a few themes to choose from), but things are guaranteed to change, ala Google's MO. Luckily, my favorite feature is already in place: 🎉 seamless integration with other GSuite products. And a must-have feature? 🎉 automatic optimization of Sites for different devices.

(One drawback is that you can't move your classic site over to the new.)

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If you're the type who likes to jump right in and try new things, all you will need is the Google Sites Help Center website, and a Google Sites Cheat Sheet, which you can download HERE.

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For those who would like a little assistance with visuals (always pausable) and a friendly, authoritative voice, try the video tutorials below, created by excellent trainers I personally trust.

The video tutorials are in reverse chronological order. I will add more I recommend, as they become available. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage for the shorter tutorials, or linger with a second cup for the longer tutorials: your choice!

The All New Google Sites for Schools - Video Tutorial. Eric Curts. Control Alt Achieve. Article, with resources. Dec. 15, 2016. [Length: 1:16:23]

EdTechTeam Live: Google Sites Demo and Q and A. Emily Fitzpatrick, Director of Professional Development. EdTech Team, Nov. 21, 2016. [Length: 31:41]

NEW Google Sites 2016 for Educators. Flipped Classroom Tutorials, Nov. 20, 2016. [Length: 8:31]

I selected some pre-release tutorials, created by experienced trainers who had a sneak peak of Google Sites, out in Beta in June:

The NEW Google Sites - 2016 Tutorial. Technology for Teachers and Students, Aug. 22, 2016. [Length: 17:58]

How to use the New Google Sites - Tutorial 2016. Jamie Keet. Teacher's Tech, June 24, 2016. [Length: 16:03]

Teachers Rejoice! A New Google Sites. Jenn Judkins, Google Certified Trainer, PBS Digital Innovator. TeachingForward, July 16, 2016.

Walk-through with Jeff Bradbury of TeacherCast. [Length: 1:01:31]

Two short tutorials, by Dean Stokes:

New Google Sites - Short Overview. Dean Stokes, June 16, 2016. [Length: 5:45]

New Google Sites - Deeper Dive. Dean Stokes, June 19, 2016. [Length: 5:58]

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If you like following step-by-step, written tutorials, try these easy-to-follow guides by Google Certified Trainers:

The New Google Sites Training17-slide tutorial. Gregory Montague, Dec. 22, 2016. Google Slides. (Creative Commons Attribution: ShareAlike 4.0 International License)

Sites: The New Google Sites. Jeremy Badiner, BadinerBytes.com, Dec. 19, 2016. Google Doc. (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License)

NEW Google Sites Cheat Sheet. Jenn Judkins, Dec. 17, 2016. Google Doc.(Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivs 4.0 International License)

New Google Sites. 25-slide tutorial. David Wolford, Nov. 23, 2016. Google Slides. (No license stated.)
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Whichever way you decide to tackle the new Google Sites ... 

BEST OF LUCK! And remember to have fun with it.

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December 27, 2016

Fighting FAKE NEWS: Recommended Reading and Resources for Teachers

Updated: Jan. 13, 2017.

FAKE NEWS! It's time for all of us to step up our efforts to fight fake news. Yes, all of us, not just social science teachers and librarians.

I've created a reading and resource list to help battle fake news at our school. Feel free to share these resources with your teachers!

History: Fake News isn't New

Three Historical Examples of "Fake News". Krystal D'Costa. Scientific American, Dec. 1, 2016.
The real history of fake news. David Uberti. Columbia Journalism Review, Dec. 15, 2016. Brief, selected history of fake news from 1807 to the present.

Learn about Fake News

How We Got to Post Truth. Ruth Reader. Fast Company, Nov. 18, 2016. "'The whole flow of the information is a lot more conversational and a lot more decentralized,' says Rich Edmonds, media analyst at the Poynter Institute."
Facebook's fake news problem in one chart. Jeff Dunn, tech reporter. Business Insider, Nov. 18, 2016.

Infographic: Fake News Is A Real Problem | Statista
You will find more statistics at Statista

Why do we fall for fake news? S. Shyam Sundar, Distinguished Professor of Communication & Co-Director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University. The Conversation, Dec. 7, 2016.
How Data And Information Literacy Could End Fake News. Kalev Leetaru, data and society analyst. Forbes, Dec. 11, 2016.
The Five Types of Fake News. Dr. John Johnson, author of EVERYDATA: The Misinformation Hidden in the Little Data You Consume Every Day. Huffington Post, Dec. 14, 2016.
Many Americans Believe Fake News Is Sowing Confusion. Michael Barthel, Amy Mitchell, and Jesse Holcome.  Journalism.org, Dec. 15, 2016. Includes Pew Research statistics.
How Photos Fuel the Spread of Fake News. Laura Mallonee, arts and international affairs writer. Wired, Dec. 21, 2016.
This Analysis Shows Which Fake News Stories Went Viral In 2016. Craig Silverman, Buzzfeed News Media Editor. Buzzfeed, Dec. 30, 2016.

Take Action in the Classroom

Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a "post-truth" world. Joyce Valenza, Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication. School Library Journal, Nov. 26, 2016. A gold mine of resources, some of which are mentioned in this post. If you read only one article from this post, choose this one!
9 Lessons to Boost Media Literacy. Frank Baker, media literacy expert. ISTE, Oct. 31, 2016.
How to Spot Fake News (and Teach Kids to Be Media-Savvy). Sierra Filucci. Common Sense Media, Nov. 16, 2016.
Skills and Strategies | Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources. The Learning Network, New York Times, Oct. 2, 2015.
Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts. Wynne Davis. NPR, Dec. 5, 2016.
Teaching Information Literacy Now. Laura Gardner. School Library Journal, Nov. 28, 2016.
Try These Tools To Spot Fake News. Ann Auman, journalism professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Civil Beat, Dec. 1, 2016.
The Best Tools and Lessons For Teaching Information Literacy – Help Me Find More. Larry Ferlazzo, teacher advice columnist. Dec. 5, 2016.
•The Remedy for the Spread of Fake News? History Teachers. Kevin Levin, historian, educator. Smithsonian Magazine, Dec. 6, 2016.
After Comet Ping Pong and Pizzagate, teachers tackle fake news. Moriah Balingit, education writer. Washington Post, Dec. 11, 2016.
A Finder's Guide To Facts. Steve Inskeep, host of NPR's Morning Edition, NPR, Dec. 11, 2016.
How to Recognize A Fake News Story. Nick Robins-Early, World News Reporter, Huffington Post, Nov. 27, 2016. Nine basic tips, with a postable chart.
FAKE NEWS vs. REAL NEWS: How to Determine the Reliability of Sources. Northern Essex Community LibGuide, Dec. 7, 2016.
Battling Fake News in the Classroom. Mary Beth Hertz, HS Art/Tech teacher, PA. Edutopia, Dec. 21, 2016. Ideas across the grade levels.
•The Classroom Where Fake News Fails (article). Cory Turner, senior editor, NPR Ed. NPR, Dec. 22, 2016.

Lesson plan: How to teach your students about fake news. PBS, Dec. 13, 2016. 50-minute social studies lesson plan, for grades 7-12.
The Honest Truth about Fake News … and How Not to Fall for It (with Lesson Plan). Matthew Green, The Lowdown, connecting newsroom to classroom. KQED Learning, Dec. 6, 2016.
Lesson Plan: Fighting Fake News. Rachel Roberson. KQED Learning.
Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Fake News Edition. On the Media, Nov. 18, 2016. Interview with Melissa Zimbar, assistant professor of communication and media at Merrimack College, who has "made a list of more than a hundred problematic news sites, along with tips for sorting the truthful from the troublesome. She talks... about how to be a savvy news consumer in a misinformation-filled world."


Cut out and post in your classroom:

•Lesson Idea: Media Literacy and Fake News. C-Span Classroom, Dec. 27, 2016. Handout and video clips, including the one below.

About The Onion, a satirical publication.

Fake News, How to identify and avoid fake news. Indiana University East LibGuide.
Indicators of Trust in the News. The Trust Project. Santa Clara University.
Can Your Students Spot Fake News? Here are 43 Links to Help. Julie Greller, Education Media Specialist, @cybrarian77. A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet, Jan. 1, 2017.
10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Article. Michele Kirschenbaum. EasyBib, Jan. 4, 2017.
4 Steps Schools Need to Take To Combat Fake News. Sam Wineburg, Professor of Education, Stanford University. Huffington Post, Jan. 4, 2017.
How Savvy are Your Students?: 7 Fake Websites to Really Test Their Evaluation Skills. Michele Kirschenbaum. EasyBib, Jan. 10, 2017.

Keep fighting, with some trusted sources 

On the Media. "WNYC’s weekly investigation into how the media shapes our world view. " WNYC.
Media Literacy. "Find and share resources to help students learn to analyze, evaluate, and communicate in a world with countless media sources and constant access to powerful computers." Edutopia.
The News Literacy Project. "... equips students with the tools to be smart, active consumers of news and information and engaged, informed citizens."
Common Sense Media.
Digital Resource Center. Center for News Literacy.
The Trust Project. Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Santa Clara University.

Worth a second mention

Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a "post-truth" world. Joyce Valenza, Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication. School Library Journal, Nov. 26, 2016. A gold mine of resources, some of which are mentioned in this post. If you read only one article from this post, choose this one!

Will you be tackling fake news and teaching media literacy at your school too? Let me know how it goes!

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P. S. I posted this news sources chart created by patent attorney Vanessa Otero in our library. We like it a lot, and we're using it as a starting point for discussion about the trustworthiness of news sources in general.

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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 (ed.ted.com) 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: "http://www.ted.com 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!

PC: shakeuplearning.com

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 shakeuplearning.com 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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