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:

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?