Our brains are great at using past experiences to make quick decisions on the fly, but these shortcuts can also lead to bias. "Confirmation bias" is our brain's tendency to seek out information that confirms things we already think we know. Help your students learn to recognize this when they encounter news online, as a way to examine competing opinions and ideas and to avoid drawing questionable conclusions.
about 24 hours ago, EdTech@Oly
Confirmation Bias
Mrs. Jennings (OWE 4th Grade) and Mr. Keith (Bus Driver) were the recipients of the last Fresh Cookie Friday celebration. Congratulations to these two staff members!
3 days ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
Family Tip Sheet: bit.ly/OlyNMFR2 Wikipedia.org is where millions of people stop first for information. Tools like it are what make the internet so valuable. But they also teach an important lesson, one you can start teaching your kids now: don’t believe everything you read.
5 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Check out this list of trustworthy resources to help you learn what's true (and what is not!) on the web. You can even use one of them to look back in time and what was on a website in the past!
7 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Fearless Fact Finding
Show your children how you get news and information from different places, and explain how you make your choices. Use words like "credible," "trustworthy," "respected," and "fair." Ask them where they get their information, and if they think about those same words when choosing. As kids get older, introduce the ideas of bias, satire, and clickbait. Is generative AI, like ChatGPT, a trustworthy site for news and information?
8 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Fake news tip 5
If a picture's worth a thousand words, do the words always tell a true story? One way to find out is through a reverse image search. Search with an image instead of a keyword and see what you discover!
11 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Reverse Image Search
Congratulations to our 'Fresh Cookie Friday' recipients - Donna Anderson (ONE Cafeteria) and Brent Shedd (OMS Math). We appreciate you!
11 days ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
Talk through the kind of content you and your tween or teen pass along to friends online. What types of things do you like to share? Do you always check to make sure something is true before you share it? How do emotions factor into your decisions to share things? Have you ever shared something and later found out it wasn't true?
12 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Fake news tip 4
The Olympia baseball store will be open now through next Wednesday, February 21st. Follow the link to gear up for the upcoming season! https://orders.minervapromotions.com/olympia_hs_baseball/shop/home
13 days ago, Olympia Baseball
Video: bit.ly/OlyNMV1 Family Activity: Decoding Images. bit.ly/OlyNMFR1 Kids find and read news in lots of different ways. But studies show they're not very good at interpreting what they see. How can we help them get better? Teaching your children about the structure of online news articles is an important place to start.
14 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Reading News Online
The Olympia Board of Education approved naming the OHMS baseball field the 'Ron Smith Field'. The District is working with OPBA to plan a dedication on OPBA Day - April 6th. Thank you Coach for the positive impact you have had on so many student athletes!
14 days ago, LAURA O'DONNELL
Coach Smith
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14 days ago, MIKE CASTLEMAN
Use real-life examples to help kids understand how people can view the same situation with totally different perspectives. One child might experience a game on the playground as fun, while another might feel like the rules are unfair. Sibling conflict can be a great example of how two people can have wildly different opinions about the same event. With older children, talk through controversial subjects and take turns arguing for different sides to help kids understand various viewpoints.
15 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Fake news tip 3
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15 days ago, MIKE CASTLEMAN
Fake News has been around for a long time. Track its history from 63 B.C. through present day in this infographic. Where do you see Fake News today (AI anyone!?)? How does it impact your life? Does it impact the type of media you consume, or where you consume it?
18 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Fake news timeline
https://youtu.be/mh1dLvGe06Y - BBC video When we get news from our social media feeds, it often only tells us part of the story. Our friends -- and the website's algorithms -- tend to feed us perspectives we already agree with. Check out these ways to escape the filter bubble and make sure your ideas about the world are being challenged.
19 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Filter Bubble Trouble
Early voting begins today! Check out details for your county at www.olympia.org/vote #MaintainRetainInnovate #TaxSwap #VoteMarch19
19 days ago, Sean Mullins
Early Voting
Today at Olympia
19 days ago, MIKE CASTLEMAN
When you see advertising on TV or on a billboard, ask your children to figure out what the ad is selling. Sometimes it's obvious, and sometimes it's not. Help them explore why certain pictures, sounds, or words are used to sell certain products. Could AI be being used in the ad?
20 days ago, EdTech@Oly
Fake News Tip 2
Well-crafted headlines benefit everyone. They help readers digest information and publishers sell news stories. But what if the headline is misleading? What if it's crafted just to get clicks and not to inform? "Clickbait" headlines may benefit advertisers and publishers (think $$$), but they don't benefit readers. And when they go viral, they can badly misinform the public. This week, look for clickbait headlines in the media that you consume and discuss them with your family. How many can you find before Sunday rolls around!?
21 days ago, EdTech@Oly