Friday, July 22, 2022

Antidote to Disinformation

Did Lawmakers Finally Figure Out That Critical News Literacy is the Antidote to Disinformation?

Here's an insightful piece on critical news literacy and how education is a solution.  How do you teach critical news literacy? Feel free to share thoughts.

Read the full story here

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Financial Fluency

Information fluency applies to a variety of topics including financial fluency. 

We've created a new category to our Annotated Links that currently has one listing by the University of Denver that covers a range of topics related to financial apps:

  • Mobile Banking
  • Mobile Payments
  • Budgeting Apps
  • Cybersecurity Tips for Fintech Apps
  • Fintech Resources for Each Stage of Your Life 

Each section provides helpful step-by-step instructions to help reduce financial risk when using online resources. 

If you have similar resources to suggest, please send the links to our Help address.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Beyond Information Literacy?


The differences between illiteracy, literacy and fluency are fuzzy, at best, when it comes to digital information competencies.

The Spring 2022 Feature article in the Full Circle Kit examines the lines between incompetence and fluency using the results of a study conducted by 21cif at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development. 

The data suggests that a minimum competency for someone to be identified as 'literate' is a 60% success rate on search and retrieval tasks. The point at which fluency starts is less clear.

Read the whole article here

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Recommended reading: Why we need information literacy classes By VICTOR SHI Chicago Tribune


The following article by Victor Shi, an eloquent Gen Z'er appeared recently in the Chicago Tribune (May 2, 2022). He makes a good argument for the need for information literacy instruction.

Fifty years ago, the national networks CBS, ABC and NBC dominated television screens in America and were the primary way voters obtained information. Each network, along with newspapers and radio, told its audience facts first, and all agreed on what the facts were. That meant Americans had a shared understanding of the truth — which is what led to the erosion of both Democratic and Republican public support for then-President Richard Nixon during the Watergate investigation.

But the time of Democrats and Republicans agreeing on facts is no more. In the early 1980s, cable news networks emerged. The late ‘80s and early ‘90s brought the internet, and Six Degrees became the first social media platform later in the ‘90s. With each development, avenues for information grew more abundant. People weren’t confined to newspapers and the three news stations for information. Instead, we gained the ability to access information anywhere — and with less and less scrutiny.

Read the whole article here

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Online Security Guide for Parents

We regularly receive resources to share on our links site. The most recent is an article on Digital Safety for Children authored and published by WikiHow.

Online Security Guide for Parents

WikiHow's Guide features a concise glossary of terms and guidance on digital safety with links to external resources for the following topics:

  • cyberbullying (how to recognize and mitigate it)
  • online predators, grooming and private message etiquette
  • online privacy, content exposure and boundaries
  • monitoring Internet exposure and filtering media
  • managing screen time and fostering healthy relationship

If you are looking for helpful tips to share with parents or students, give it a read.

Monday, February 7, 2022

Facts as Weapons

For a long time we've emphasized the importance of fact checking. But even facts that 'check out' can be used (incorrectly) as weapons in information wars.

The following article by the Consilience Project, How to Mislead with Facts, describes how "verified facts can be used to support erroneous conclusions."

A quick recap:

  1. Taking facts out of context, or failing to report sufficient context.
  2. Cherry-picking facts to support a particular point of view (which has other valid sides).
  3. Reinterpreting facts to persuade readers that a particular outcome is unquestionable.

When 'conclusions' like these are amplified on social media they really do have an impact, even if they are misinformation based on verified facts. 

The need for information fluency and not taking for granted everything we read is as true today as it was when the Internet first appeared. The article offers guidelines in terms of questions that are good to ask of any information. Here are just a few:

  • Has a reliable source been cited to support the facts?
  • Have the facts been corroborated by multiple independent sources?
  • What is important to know about the contexts in which the facts have been validated?
  • How much will the fact hold true beyond the context in which it was validated?
  • What additional facts must be considered?
  • In what ways can the fact be framed emotionally and taken personally by different types of people?

When facts are used as weapons (e.g., to vilify a political party, a scientific finding, a leadership decision, etc.) the task of not falling prey to misinformation requires more than reading. If recent events have taught us anything, is that information can't be taken at face value without some degree of risk. Unless readers exercise care and learn to evaluate facts on their own, they are increasingly at risk.


Thursday, January 13, 2022

Winter 2022 Full Circle Kit Release


In the new Full Circle Kit for Winter 2022 we feature two guest authors.

Patrick Dennis, an Adobe associate, contacted us with a resource he helped develop on the topic of Plagiarism. It's an excellent overview of the subject, including these sub-sections:

What is plagiarism?

Types of plagiarism

Consequences and results of plagiarism

How to identify plagiarism

Using plagiarism detection tools

Recognizing common detection-avoidance tactics

How to prevent plagiarism

Prioritizing proper citation

Focus on time management

Understanding the gray areas

Resources for students and educators to avoid plagiarism

Read the full article here 

Also in this issue: The Importance of Information Fluency by Anna Medina