Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Bernie Sanders Will Replace President Trump With Legal Loophole


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"The most important thing in a functional society is a well-informed public."





1.  Have you ever shared something without reading it first?


2.  What are some of the consequences of sharing fake news?  
  • Why is this a problem?

3.  What are some of the best suggestions given for sharing news on social media?
  • Which ones do you already do?
  • Which ones do you need to start doing?



The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb. – Medium

The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb. – Medium: "What is emerging is the worst kind of echo chamber, one where those inside are increasingly convinced that everyone shares their world view, that their ranks are growing when they aren’t. It’s like clockwork: an event happens and then your social media circle is shocked when a non-social media peer group public reacts to news in an unexpected way. They then mock the Other Side for being “out of touch” or “dumb.”"




Carefully read the article linked above.

  • The author states that everyone tends to believe their own viewpoint is the right one, and that other people are wrong.  
  • This affects how people behave on social media - they tend to only click on news articles or stories that support what they already believe to be true.    




1. Think about how you interact on social media, like Facebook or Twitter.
  • What articles do you tend to click on and read? 
  • What news stories do you share?


2. What is your reaction to these statements?


"Isn’t it possible that we’re not right about everything? That those who live in places not where you live, watch shows that you don’t watch, and read books that you don’t read, have opinions and belief systems just as valid as yours? That maybe you don’t see the entire picture?...

When you hear someone cite “facts” that don’t support your viewpoint don’t think “that can’t be true!” Instead consider, “Hm, maybe that person is right? I should look into this.”

Because refusing to truly understand those who disagree with you is intellectual laziness and worse, is usually worse than what you’re accusing the Other Side of doing."




3. What are some of the suggestions given by the author to correct this faulty way of thinking?



4. What are the biggest dangers of being trapped in an "echo chamber" on social media?



5. How will you avoid this in the future?




Answer all five questions in a comment below. Do your own work and number your responses. If you say the same thing as someone else, you will not get credit. Grammar counts. This is a test grade.



Monday, October 24, 2016

How to Fact-Check the Internet | Real Simple

How to Fact-Check the Internet | Real Simple:



1.  Which three pieces of advice from the article linked above were your favorite?

2.  What do you already do to fact-check information?

3.  What are your favorite things to fact-check?

4.  Did you do this during the presidential debates?



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Animated interactive of the history of the Atlantic slave trade

Animated interactive of the history of the Atlantic slave trade.:


Click on the link above and view the animated interactive illustration of the history of the Atlantic slave trade.  Be sure to pause the interactive and click on the individual dots which represent the slaver ships on their routes across the ocean.  Read the article underneath that explains the interactive.

1.  What did you learn from this article?

2.  How does the interactive animation affect your understanding of the slave trade?

3.  How does this technology change your perspective on "The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano," which we read in class?




Click on the link below and listen to the podcast on Olaudah Equiano:


http://www.slate.com/articles/life/the_history_of_american_slavery/2015/06/history_of_american_slavery_olaudah_equiano_and_life_aboard_a_slave_ship.html?wpsrc=sp_all_article_storypromo


4.  How does this podcast add to your understanding of the story?




Friday, October 7, 2016

Ear-bud headphones proven to cause Deafness

Ear-bud headphones proven to cause Deafness










Because the tiny phones inserted into the ears are not as efficient at blocking outside sounds as the cushioned headsets, users tend to crank up the volume to compensate.


“I have an audiologist friend at Wichita State University who actually pulls off earphones of students he sees and asks, in the interest of science, if he could measure the output of the signal going into their heads,” Garstecki said. Often he finds students listening at 110 to 120 decibels.


“That’s a sound level equivalent to measures that are made at rock concerts,” said Garstecki. “And it’s enough to cause hearing loss after only about an hour and 15 minutes.”



1.  Read the following articles from some of the most respected news sources on the planet: 

  • What do they have to say about hearing loss and earphones? 

  • What are the most alarming facts, in your opinion, from the articles linked below?



































2.  What are your thoughts about these articles?

  • Do you know someone who has suffered hearing loss due to prolonged exposure to loud noise?
  • Is this an issue that we should take more seriously? 




    Thursday, September 1, 2016

    Study: Wikipedia as accurate as Britannica

    "Wikipedia is about as good a source of accurate information as Britannica, the venerable standard-bearer of facts about the world around us, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature."



     

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    Instructions:  
    Read the article linked above.  Answer the following questions in a comment below.  Do not repeat what others have already said.  Contribute your own relevant, unique viewpoint to the conversation.

    1. Does this study change your opinion of Wikipedia as a source?
    2. Did you notice the year that the article on the study (above) was published?  Do you think Wikipedia has become more or less accurate since then?
    3. Summarize what Wikipedia says about itself in terms of reliability:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliability_of_Wikipedia




          N.B.  Everyday reference is different than academic research.  For more on how this difference applies to you (as a student):   Wikipedia:Academic use - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

          All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You

          All the Ways Your Wi-Fi Router Can Spy on You - The Atlantic:



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          Read the article linked above and answer the following questions in a comment below:


          1.  What are your thoughts about the potential uses for this technology?
          2.  Is this too invasive?
          3.  What are some of the potential benefits mentioned in the article?
          4.  Do these benefits outweigh the potential for more sinister uses of this technology?


          Tuesday, April 26, 2016

          Making your own blog, using WordPress

          1.  Go to WordPress.com

          2.  Create a free blog

          3.  Post the link to your blog in a comment below

          4.  Customize your blog

          5.  Write a post or two (include quotes, images, etc), and publish them.

          6.  Share your comments on social media.

          7.  Follow all the blogs linked in the comments below.

          8.  Explore and find other blogs to follow on WordPress here:  https://wordpress.com/discover

          9.  Follow me:  https://jwsimmer.wordpress.com/





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          Monday, February 29, 2016

          Thursday, February 18, 2016

          Why You Should Care About Apple’s Fight With the FBI

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          Instructions:  

          Read the five articles linked above regarding the ongoing legal battle between the FBI and Apple.

          Read the official letter from Apple, linked here:  http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/

          Summarize the issues in a comment below.  State the arguments from each side.

          • Explain where you stand on these issues, on privacy in general, and your understanding of what is at stake for all of us.   
          • Include an explanation of what we stand to lose if Apple does not win this battle.






          Wednesday, February 10, 2016

          How to Avoid Passing on "Fake News" on Social Media






          The article linked above lists a number of ways to check the validity of online content.   After reading it, answer the following questions:


          1. Which of the suggestions listed in the article do you already use?  
          2. Do you think that everyone has a responsibility to fact check information, before passing it along/sharing it with others?  
          3. Why is this important? 


          NB:  Comments should add to the overall conversation about this article.  Do not repeat what others have already said.


          Study finds Wikipedia as accurate as the Encyclopedia Brittanica

          "Wikipedia is about as good a source of accurate information as Britannica, the venerable standard-bearer of facts about the world around us, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature."




           

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          Instructions:  
          Read the article linked above.  Answer the following questions in a comment below.  Do not repeat what others have already said.  Contribute your own relevant, unique viewpoint to the conversation.

          1. Does this study change your opinion of Wikipedia as a source?
          2. Did you notice the year that the article on the study (above) was published?  Do you think Wikipedia has become more or less accurate since then?
          3. Summarize what Wikipedia says about itself in terms of reliability:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliability_of_Wikipedia


                N.B.  Everyday reference is different than academic research.  For more on how this difference applies to you (as a student):   Wikipedia:Academic use - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


                Wednesday, January 13, 2016

                Why You Should Care About and Defend Your Privacy

                Why You Should Care About and Defend Your Privacy:



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                Read the article linked above regarding privacy.  Answer the following questions in a comment below:

                1.  What are the biggest issues regarding our privacy mentioned in the article?  What are your thoughts on the matter?

                2.  Install the Disconnect extension in your Chrome browser.  Visit several websites and see who is tracking you.  What are the results?




                Tuesday, January 12, 2016

                'Power Over Wi-Fi' named one of the year's game-changing technologies

                'Power Over Wi-Fi' named one of the year's game-changing technologies:



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                Read the article linked above.  In a comment below, discuss the following:


                • What is "Power Over Wi-Fi"?  
                • How does it work?
                • How could you use this in your life?