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.”