CNET: Microsoft offers free digital-skills training amid COVID-19 jobs crisis

CNET: Microsoft offers free digital-skills training amid COVID-19 jobs crisis. “Microsoft launched an initiative Tuesday aimed at offering digital-skills training to 25 million people around the world by the end of 2020. As part of the initiative, the company will be providing free access to educational content on LinkedIn Learning, Microsoft Learn and GitHub Learning Lab.”

NiemanLab: The little things — pop-ups, notifications, warnings — work to fight fake news, new evidence shows

NiemanLab: The little things — pop-ups, notifications, warnings — work to fight fake news, new evidence shows. “‘Relatively short, scalable interventions could be effective in fighting misinformation around the world.’ In 2017, Facebook released a set of ‘Tips to spot false news.’ Developed in collaboration with First Draft, the tips were ‘promoted at the top of users’ news feeds in 14 countries in April 2017 and printed in full-page newspaper advertisements in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Mexico, and India,’ write the authors of a study published this week in PNAS.”

Phys .org: Simple interventions can help people spot false headlines

Phys .org: Simple interventions can help people spot false headlines. “A team of researchers studied Facebook’s efforts to educate users on how to spot misinformation. After being exposed to tips on how to spot misinformation, people in the United States and India were less likely to say a false headline was true. The researchers also found, however, that people’s ability to spot erroneous information weakened over time, leading the authors to conclude that digital literacy needs to be taught with regularity.”

The Verge: Tumblr is rolling out an internet literacy initiative to help combat misinformation and cyberbullying

The Verge: Tumblr is rolling out an internet literacy initiative to help combat misinformation and cyberbullying. “The initiative, World Wide What, was developed in partnership with a nonprofit internet literacy organization based in the United Kingdom called Ditch the Label. The campaign consists of six informational videos that walk Tumbr’s community through topics like fake news and authenticity, along with other issues the platform encounters, like cyberbullying.”

Newswise: Kids ‘test drive’ social media in new interactive simulations

Newswise: Kids ‘test drive’ social media in new interactive simulations. “Educators across the country can now use interactive tutorials to teach elementary and middle schoolers how to participate positively in social media – while simultaneously learning to navigate some of its potential perils. The project’s goal is to prepare students to get the most out of social media in a controlled environment, before they inevitably end up there in real life.”

BuzzFeed News: What To Do If The Older People In Your Life Are Sharing False Or Extreme Content

BuzzFeed News: What To Do If The Older People In Your Life Are Sharing False Or Extreme Content. “Boomers and older generations are by no means the only people having trouble in our new and chaotic information environment, although research suggests they have the most pressing challenges. Younger people also face difficulty, which is why so many news literacy programs target K-12 and college students. But the rapid pace of change on online platforms — and the lack of widespread reach of programs like Cyber Seniors — have left some older adults struggling to catch up.”

TechCrunch: We are leaving older adults out of the digital world

TechCrunch: We are leaving older adults out of the digital world. “Nationally, one-third of adults ages 65 and older say they’ve never used the internet, and half don’t have internet access at home. Of those who do use the internet, nearly half say they need someone else’s help to set up or use a new digital device. Even in San Francisco – the home of technology giants like Twitter, Facebook, and Google – 40% of older adults do not have basic digital literacy skills, and of those, more than half do not use the internet at all.”

EurekAlert: Finnish school students outperform US students on ‘fake news’ digital literacy tasks

EurekAlert: Finnish school students outperform US students on ‘fake news’ digital literacy tasks. “A recent study revealed students at an international school in Finland significantly outperformed U.S. students on tasks which measure digital literacy in social media and online news. The researchers suggest this may be due to the Finnish and International Baccalaureate curricula’s different way of facilitating students’ critical thinking skills compared to the US system and curriculum. The results of this study were published in the Journal of Research in International Education in April.”

KSEN: MSU Researchers Receive Grant To Build ‘Algorithmic Awareness’ As Form Of Digital Literacy

KSEN: MSU Researchers Receive Grant To Build ‘Algorithmic Awareness’ As Form Of Digital Literacy. “To help increase awareness of algorithms, the [Montana State University] Library received a $50,000 grant for ‘Unpacking the Algorithms That Shape our User Experience.’ The project includes three main parts, all with a goal of introducing “algorithmic awareness” as a form of digital literacy: researching algorithms and writing a report for users, developing a teaching tool in order to give transparency to common algorithms, and creating a curriculum and pilot class. “

Digital literacy project sets an ambitious goal: Wikipedia pages for 1,000 local newspapers (Poynter)

Poynter: Digital literacy project sets an ambitious goal: Wikipedia pages for 1,000 local newspapers. “When readers search for a publication on Google, an ‘info box’ populated by Wikipedia pops up on the right side of the search results with basic information like the publication’s founding date, circulation size and editor. But that’s not the case for thousands of smaller local papers that don’t have a Wikipedia page. Mike Caulfield, director of blended and networked learning at Washington State University Vancouver, plans to work with students around the U.S. to create pages and info boxes for the local newspapers lacking them.”