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Mathieu Plourde

Meet the fake people who will soon crowd your timelines - 0 views

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    "Welcome to the other side of the uncanny valley of profile photographs. The attention of generated imagery has so far focused on "deepfake videos," in which a real person's face is grafted semi-realistically (for now) onto someone else's body. There's a different impact with deep-learning AI-generated fake still-photo faces that look realistic but aren't attempting to match the appearance of any actual person. And they're so new that these images have yet to get a name-perhaps deepfaces will win out. Deepfaces have a greater potential to add to the noise of troll farms, social-media griefers, and outright scammers and fraudsters because they look legitimate and fail reverse-image searches. As Craig Silverman, a long-time exposer of online frauds and BuzzFeed media editor, says, "I think it presents a big challenge for some of the existing approaches used by investigators, journalists, and police and others to follow a breadcrumb trail.""
Mathieu Plourde

Students multitask (on things unrelated to course work) more in online settings, study ... - 0 views

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    ""In other words," the researchers wrote, "students who have positive attitudes about multitasking and prefer to multitask appear to better control this academically disadvantageous behavior in face-to-face courses." They attribute the students' "control" heavily to what Lepp called the "norms of the classroom" -- essentially, pressure from peers or the instructor not to multitask."
Mathieu Plourde

Digital Fluency vs Digital Literacy - 0 views

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    "More recently, this view was reiterated in the 2018 Horizon Report, showing that the issue of digital literacy is an ongoing and significant issue in educator training. Reports from both JISC (2018) and Educause (2017) also highlight a lack of digital literacy as being significant issues for higher education. The JISC report, in particular, highlights the damage to student learning that can be done when faculty lack digital competency noting that, "The report also shines a light on the digital competencies of staff, with many students reporting frustration when lecturers struggle to use digital systems correctly, saying it wastes time and restricts access to digital resources."(2018)."
Mathieu Plourde

The Imperfect Truth About Finding Facts in a World of Fakes - 0 views

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    "We've lost signals of credibility. Before the online era, you would need to shell out a lot of money to print a fake newspaper, or it would look like an obvious counterfeit."
Mathieu Plourde

Digital Divide - A critical analysis - 0 views

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    "The evaluation of the factors leading to the digital divide can be summarised as the gap between 1) older generation and the digital natives, 2) level of education, and 3) high income - low income groups. These factors are further influenced by the geographical location Rural-urban divide, and Governmental policies. All these factors determine the level of skills of an individual and the quality of access of ICTs which determines their position in the digital divide."
Mathieu Plourde

Teaching kids to code: I'm a developer and I think it doesn't actually teach important ... - 0 views

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    "That feeling of quality is the hardest thing for many developers to master. Well-designed code feels good to work with, and ugly code will make developers involuntarily cringe. The best developers learn to fuse abstract logic with the sensitivity of an artist. Learning to trust that aesthetic feeling is as much a part of development as any algorithm or coding pattern."
Mathieu Plourde

Why incompetent people think they're amazing - 0 views

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    "How good are you with money? What about reading people's emotions? How healthy are you, compared to other people you know? Knowing how our skills stack up against others is useful in many ways. But psychological research suggests that we're not very good at evaluating ourselves accurately. In fact, we frequently overestimate our own abilities. David Dunning describes the Dunning-Kruger effect."
Mathieu Plourde

The Future Of The Reading Brain In An Increasingly Digital World - 0 views

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    "She had, she concluded, 'changed in ways I would never have predicted. I now read on the surface and very quickly; in fact, I read too fast to comprehend deeper levels, which forced me constantly to go back and reread the same sentence over and over with increasing frustration.' She had lost the 'cognitive patience' that once sustained her in reading such books. She blamed the internet.""
Mathieu Plourde

What Kids Need to Learn to Succeed in 2050 - 0 views

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    "In such a world, the last thing a teacher needs to give her pupils is more information. They already have far too much of it. Instead, people need the ability to make sense of information, to tell the difference between what is important and what is unimportant, and, above all, to combine many bits of information into a broad picture of the world."
Mathieu Plourde

Educational Hip-Hop Songs & Videos for All Subjects, K-12 - 0 views

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    "Making learning accessible, engaging and relevant. Every classroom. Every lesson."
Mathieu Plourde

We Should Teach All Students, in Every Discipline, to Think Like Scientists - 0 views

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    "For many, knowledge about the natural world is superseded by personal beliefs. Wisdom across disciplinary and political divides is needed to help bridge this gap. This is where institutions of higher education can provide vital support. Educating global citizens is one of the most important charges to universities, and the best way we can transcend ideology is to teach our students, regardless of their majors, to think like scientists. "
Mathieu Plourde

What is "Critical Literacy" in Education? - 0 views

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    "Critical literacy moved the reader's focus away from the "self" in critical reading to the interpretation of texts in different environmental and cultural contexts (Luke, 2000). This allows educators and students with an opportunity to read, evaluate, and reflect on texts, and embark upon the creative process of actively constructing or reconstructing these texts."
Mathieu Plourde

Technical ignorance is not leadership - 0 views

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    "Decisions are only as good as the implementation that results. Marketing isn't a plan, it's a system of feedback loops from the market that need to be adjusted in real-time. It's one thing for politicians to sign a bill into law, but another to ensure that the bill's intentions are actually encoded into the software that powers government."
Mathieu Plourde

Mozilla's Core Web Literacy Curriculum - 0 views

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    "Mozilla's Core Web Literacy Curriculum consists of Core Activities aligned with the Web Literacy Map to provide learners with a basic understanding of the web and web technologies, and with confidence and satisfaction to read - how we explore the web, write - how we build the web, and participate - how we connect on the web. "
Mathieu Plourde

THINK: Fresh Opinions, Sharp Analyses and Powerful Essays - 0 views

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    "we cannot be dependent on Facebook's benevolence for protection in a world where so much of our daily activities are codified into data and collected by third parties. Indeed, we should be skeptical of Facebook's own efforts to use artificial intelligence to monitor user data for what it deems dangerous content. To continue down this path is to passively accept a surveillance society and sacrifice the liberty that enables a democracy to flourish."
Mathieu Plourde

Critical digital literacy: ten key readings for our distrustful media age - 0 views

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    "Approaches to critical digital literacy vary considerably depending on their expectations of internet users' abilities and knowledge, their age and the context. I recommend ten readings which in different ways contribute to an understanding critical digital literacy in our distrustful media age."
Mathieu Plourde

Commons of Our Own - 1 views

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    "The LCC Open Learn Lab was an experiment launched in Spring 2016 to see if a DoOO type project were feasible or valuable at a community college. LCC was the first community college to attempt a DoOO project.  The results of that initial experimentation period were enormously successful as documented in the final report for what had become "Phase I" of an ongoing project."
Mathieu Plourde

It's (still) not OK for teachers to remain digitally illiterate. Here's why… - 0 views

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    "Just over ten years ago, Karl Fisch wrote a blog post that has stuck with me through the years. In it, he asked if it was OK to be a technologically illiterate teacher. Even though we've learned greatly in the last decade about the merits of using technology to replace teachers, I think Karl's arguments back then are even more relevant today."
Mathieu Plourde

Even smart people are shockingly bad at analyzing sources online. This might ... - 0 views

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    "Even smart people are shockingly bad at analyzing sources online. This might be an actual solution."
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