Interesting data on social media and the American Public’s news sources from Pew Research. A majority of Americans now say they get news via social media, and half of the public has turned to these sites to learn about the 2016 presidential election. See PewResearchCenter, Social Media Update 2016, www.pewinternet.org/2016/11/11/social-media-update-2016.screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-2-44-59-pm

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Media Literacy-The Need Is NOW!

No matter the discipline or topic, ALL educators need to take some class time to discuss media literacy issues. Facebook and other social media forums are being scrutinized for “Fake News.”   A PewResearch survey reported that 62% of U.S adults get their news on social media and two-thirds of Facebook users (66%) get their news on the site.  That’s over half the U.S. population looking to social media for local and national information.   Social Media users often taint their news posts with their personal opinions and embellishments. It becomes Fake News.  We saw the effects during our last Presidential Campaign.  Many folks, particularly our youth, aren’t able to analysis news stories or know how to recognize credible news sources.  They can’t discern what is real and what is fake.   Just because the news comes from a major network broadcast operation, doesn’t mean it’s credible.  Public Radio Internation CEO, Alisa Miller provides an excellent segue into a media literacy class activity with her Ted Talk on the power of the news to distort our worldview.  Media Literacy must be included in our core curriculums.

How the News Distorts Our Worldview
A must see TedTalk by Alisa Miller, CEO, Public Radio International (PRI)As the CEO of Public Radio International, Alisa Miller works to bring the most significant news stories to millions — empowering Americans with the knowledge to make choices in an interconnected world.

ASU TeachOnline Blog Site

WOZ’s Blog of the Week

One of the best online teaching and learning best practices and support sites is Arizonia State University’s (ASU) TeachOnline Resources for Teaching Online.   The group includes timely, useful  information on Course Design, Tools, Tutorials, Gaming, Social Media, and a Faculty Showcase.  Of particular interest to me is the post, Integrating Technology with Bloom’s Taxonomy, Obiageli Sneed, May 9, 2016.  Sneed explains, “The purpose of Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy is to inform instructors of how to use technology and digital tools to facilitate student learning experiences and outcomes.” Included is an infographic by Ron Carranza demonstrating activities with digital tools and outcomes.  Excellent!

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Infographic by Ron Carranza, Arizona State University

The site is full of up-to-date tips and best practices for the online professor.  Instructional Designers will fully appreciate Marc Van Horne’s and Robert Kilman’s, Introducing the ASU Instructional Designers, infographic and outline of the tasks and talents of an instructional designer.  Spot On!

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Blog Post by Marc Van Horne and  Infographic Design by Robert Kilman Arizona State University

The freshness and creativity of this site makes it this week’s WOZ Blog of the WEEK.  Outstanding job Arizona State University!

5 Digital Tips for Infusing Cultural Responsiveness in Your Course-2 

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Culturally-responsive design strategies allow students to realize they are important as participants in the class community and respected as unique individuals.  Please contribute your ideas and designs for creating cultural responsive learning in your face-to-face and/or online classrooms.

Source: 5 Digital Tips for Infusing Cultural Responsiveness in Your Course 

Compress Yourself – Blast from the Past

Tag Cloud Your Resume

I was browsing through my WP site and came across this poast.  Remember when this was all the rage?  I would have my students take their resumes and paste it into a word cloud app.  I also knew colleagues who would have their students paste their essays and compositions into a cloud maker so the young authors could visualize their work.  The students would post the image with their compositions in their portfolios.  Talk about early multimodal composition!  TagCrowd is still operational.  Here’s what I look like today.

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Blast From the Past Post – July 10, 2008

Recently, I received a message from my colleague, Htay Hla, Director of Information Technology at University of Arizona. Htay is a member of our Epsilen Web 2.0 group. He had put one of my posted journal articles through a tag cloud generator, Tag Crowd. He sent the generated tag cloud to me in a pdf format. I thought, “AMAZING! Could this be a tool for the classroom?” I tried it. I put my resume through the Tag Crowd. Look! It’s me, professionally compressed!

Nancy Wozniak Professional Tag Cloud

Go to the site – http://www.tagcrowd.com and catch a vision. I see it used in visual arts, economics, writing, history, biology … you name it. Try it. Let me know what you think.