Ok. Now those of you in education can snigger here, for there is much bracing in the cowshed for a new project. Am about to enter the pit of controversy and affray known as Impact Skills in Academia… wish me luck and safe passage please…

Which brings me to today’s offer.

Fate, or rather friend Sangeet, let me know of a timely and rescuing must-read this week. Here it is:

And here’s Howard Rheingold, one of the authors, who is just splendid and been called ‘first citizen of the web’.

Howard is very big on crap detection, or more politely, critical thinking skills. As well as linking to the model below, he urges the practice of triangulation: checking three different and reliable sources before broadcasting important news on a medium like twitter.

C.R.A.P. Detection Kit


o How recent is the information?

o How recently has the website been updated?

o Is it current enough for your topic?

* Reliability

o What kind of information is included in the resource?

o Is content of the resource primarily opinion? Is is balanced?

o Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations?

* Authority

o Who is the creator or author?

o What are the credentials?

o Who is the published or sponsor?

o Are they reputable?

o What is the publisher’s interest (if any) in this information?

o Are there advertisements on the website?

* Purpose/Point of View

o Is this fact or opinion?

o Is it biased?

o Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?

(from www.workliteracy.com, via Net Smart)

I can’t help but think this should be up on walls in every classroom, lecture theatre and kids bedroom in the land – and on many of our screensavers, too.

And this book is priceless if you have any interest whatsoever in sharing and learning. Don’t miss it.


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