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How “News Literacy” Gets the Web Wrong

Strong text on the nature of web literacy. And why many digitlal literacy courses have an inefficient approach.

A web literate person finds the original source of the claim and then asks the web what it knows about the source. All this other stuff is mostly beside the point.

Caulfield, Mike.. 2017. “How ‘News Literacy’ Gets the Web Wrong”. Hapgood. maart 4.


Digital Durability? My Money is on the Individual


But I maintain that the digital content that will remain durable on the web, outside of the heroic work done for us, at no cost to us, by the Internet Archive, is majorly the ones maintained, cared for by individuals, and largely in the digital spaces they pay for and manage themselves.

Why? Individuals have a deep stake in their work. Repositories, institutions? The stake varies with politics, staff turnover, leadership fetishes.

Viva the individual.


Seeing things from the perspective of a learner


What if the approach that leads to poor documentation starts from a point of view of knowing — in particular, knowing too much.



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Why would readers prefer to forage the Web rather than use a well-structured book? The Web has a wider scope than any book and Google returns information faster than a trip to the bookshelf or the library.

-- Every page is page one


'... looking a bit more closely at what a “free” service does allow and does not allow is part of an important literacy that will come into play sooner or later ...'


The days of the tablet device are numbered, warn tech experts

Tablet usage today is shifting from ‘browsing’ to ‘creating’.


Anatomy for First Year Computing and IT Students "foster a sense of curiosity about how stuff works"


I don't think that the "release early, release often" rule applies to lectures.


spel- en grammaticale fouten zijn weerhaken in je tekst


Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can’t Search

not only is intelligent search a key to everyday problem-solving, it also offers a golden opportunity to train kids in critical thinking




"citing sentences rather than sources" - Students and digital sources



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Mountains are brushes, the oceans are ink,
Heaven and earth are the case preserving the sutras,
Each stroke of a character contains everything in the universe.


-- ninth-century Japanese monk