How To Read Laterally: A Lesson for New York Times Columnists Including But Not Limited to Bari Weiss

Today in the New York Times, a Bari Weiss column links to an OFFICIAL ANTIFA ACCOUNT that calls gay man Dave Rubin an anti-LGBT fascist. This is supposed to prove, according to Weiss, that the Left is out of control: Dave Rubin, a liberal commentator who favors abortion rights, opposes the death penalty and is … Continue reading How To Read Laterally: A Lesson for New York Times Columnists Including But Not Limited to Bari Weiss

The Curation/Search Radicalization Spiral

Sam prides himself on questioning conventional wisdom and subjecting claims to intellectual scrutiny. For kids today, that means Googling stuff. One might think these searches would turn up a variety of perspectives, including at least a few compelling counterarguments. One would be wrong. The Google searches flooded his developing brain with endless bias-confirming “proof” to … Continue reading The Curation/Search Radicalization Spiral

Announcing the Newspapers On Wikipedia Project (#NOW)

TL;DR: I am announcing a project to get students and faculty to produce 1,000 new Wikipedia articles on significant English-language local newspapers by October 12, 2018. This will represent a substantial increase in Wikipedia coverage of these papers (An increase of 1,000 U.S. papers would be almost a 40% increase in U.S. coverage, for example). … Continue reading Announcing the Newspapers On Wikipedia Project (#NOW)

Activity: Choose the Best Source of the Top Google Results

Here’s a simple activity you can try in your class: Have students execute a Google search that is a question. Then have the students look at the top five results, and using lateral reading pick the source that is most likely to be authoritative and the source they think is least authoritative. Have them talk … Continue reading Activity: Choose the Best Source of the Top Google Results

Publications and Public Courseware

Public Courseware Caulfield, M., Lyvteyenko, J, Ctrl-F: Find the Facts. CIVIX. (2020). Mini-course sequence of videos, activities, and teach materials produced with Canadian non-profit CIVIX, as part of program currently rolling out to hundreds of Canadian primary and secondary schools. Funded by Department of Canadian Heritage, and currently being assessed for student impact. Post-production by … Continue reading Publications and Public Courseware

Recognition Is Futile: Why Checklist Approaches to Information Literacy Fail and What To Do About It

The following is a provocation for #EngageMOOC. Thanks to Bonnie Stewart and the rest of the #EngageMOOC crew for inviting me to contribute. Whooping Cough When I was in my twenties I went to the doctor with a cough I believed was whooping cough due to the tell-tale “whoop” intake of breath that occurred after … Continue reading Recognition Is Futile: Why Checklist Approaches to Information Literacy Fail and What To Do About It