Reading the Web
- The use of subheadings makes the information easy to read. The navigation guide at the top of the page directs students to the information they are looking for
- The information on the page is relevant and provides students with basic information on Australia as well as some more interesting, ‘fun facts’
- The only downfall of the site is the lack of photography/ imagery. Whilst there are some, they are not effective in capturing realistic or relevant information and do not support or enhance student learning
- The information presented on the page can additionally be downloaded as a PDF which could be a good source for differentiation within the classroom
- Explains what Australia is from a variety of perspectives
- Includes various different images, videos and maps that are relevant and effective
- Teachers could implement this video in the classroom to explicitly model and teach note taking
- The video could be used to introduce students to Australia and also links to HSIE
- A significant amount of information however lacking substance and quality. There are a fair few random facts that would be irrelevant to a Stage 3 class
- The information does not prove easy to read or follow. Whilst there are subheadings, they are quite obscure and are not organised in a logical manner
- The imagery/photography included in the resource lack substance or relevance
Developing your photography skills
Rule of Thirds
This photograph emphasises the use of empty space by placing the subject (tree) at the edge of the frame.
Social Media, News and critical literacy – 200 words
In today’s society, children have access to an abundance of ‘news’ and ‘information’ in the click of a button. This digital era means that teachers and stuents need to develop critical media skills in order to determine reliable, accurate and authentic online resources.
Frank Baker explains that students should demonstrate “healthy skepticism” (Baker, 2017) when examining online resources and explains how the implementation of his 5C’s can assist in identifying fake or illegitimate sites.
When examining various web pages, two of Baker’s (2017) 5C’s stood out to me- Credibility and Comparing/Corroborating. Firstly, the credibility of the author is something I tend to examine upon examining a web resource. Although ABC News appears to be an authentic News site, its URL ends in .co which, Baker (2017) explains is common for fake sites. This idea of credibility was again raised when examining News. Whilst on first glance, the site appeared legitimate, upon closer examination it was, as David Buckingham (2017) would call “satirical parodies of news”. When developing students’ critical media skills, it is critical to emphasise the credibility of the site and author. A rule of thumb I tend to follow is utilising sites which are government or educational and end in ‘.gov’ or ‘.edu’. Secondly, Baker suggests comparing and corroborating information on the site with other reputable sources to confirm reliability. When examining Animal Conservation, its layout and language utilised made me question its validity. Upon further research, it became clear that the information was fake and the site was a faux organisation. I would encourage students to cross check the information they find on sites to ensure it is truthful and authentic. Whilst each of these online resources had the potential to mislead and offer false information, the implementation of Baker’s 5C’s ensured I avoided these sites.
Upon reflection, whilst digital technology and online resources have the potential to improve classroom teaching and learning across all key learning areas, it is critical to first equip students with the skills and knowledge to navigate around the web and critically analyse all resources and information. This will ensure that students find relevant, truthful and authentic resources to utilise throughout the learning process.
Baker, F. Media Literacy Clearinghouse. Fake News Recommendations. Accessed March, 28, 2017 from http://frankwbaker.com/mlc/fake-news-recommendations/
Buckingham, D. David Buckingham, Fake news: is media literacy the answer?. Accessed March, 28, 2017 from https://davidbuckingham.net/2017/01/12/fake-news-is-media-literacy-the-answer/
Pakarklis, E. (2013). 11 composition tips for taking great photos with your iPhone. Retrieved February, 2016, from Parkalis photography
Salyer, D. (2015). Reading the Web. The Reading Teacher, 69(1), 35-39. 10.1002/trtr.1380 Accessed February 22, 2016 from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/trtr.1380/abstract