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Children participate in CodeSpark Academy, Dec. 4, 2017, in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Mark Von Holden/AP Images for CodeSpark Academy)

Why a computer isn’t the first thing you need when teaching kids to code

Before leaning to code, children must learn spatial orientation, how to communicate and how to solve problems. These resources and games help teach the foundational knowledge needed for coding.
Technology offers youth new tools – but what such tools can help young people achieve depends on what they already know and larger contexts. (Shutterstock)

Digital platforms alone don’t bridge youth divides

Society needs to spend as much time considering youth options for creating as we we do considering what can happen with digital learning, finds a study in Hamilton, Canada and Glasgow, Scotland.
Facebook announced Jan. 6 it will remove videos edited to mislead in ways that ‘aren’t apparent to an average person,’ and are the product of artificial intelligence or machine learning. Here, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a hearing at the U.S. House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 23, 2019. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Deepfakes: Informed digital citizens are the best defence against online manipulation

The abilities to detect and analyze deepfake videos is of the utmost urgency. Deepfakes are a serious threat to people’s security and our democratic institutions.
Media critic and educator Neil Postman’s 1985 book ‘Amusing Ourselves to Death’ warned of the dangers when all media is entertainment, especially when people lack critical media literacy skills. (Shutterstock)

The urgent need for media literacy in an age of annihilation

Students – and indeed all of us – must learn to ask questions about what stories are told, and the implications of what stories are not being told.
School libraries are no longer just places where books are stored. from shutterstock.com

Don’t worry, a school library with fewer books and more technology is good for today’s students

The role of the school library has evolved. Today’s school library goes beyond providing books. It must include teaching children digital literacy and how to critically evaluate information online.

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