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Do you discriminate based on information and activities formats instead of their content? Learn to recognize this behavior and overcome your biases!

Do you discriminate based on information and activities formats instead of their content? Learn to recognize this behavior and overcome your biases!

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  • 1. A student might use a pencil to poke out the eye of another student. 2. A student might write a dirty word or, worse yet, a threatening note to another student, with a pencil. 3. One student might have a mechanical pencil, making those with wooden ones feel bad. 4. The pencil might get stolen. 5. Pencils break and need repairing all the time. 6. Kids who have pencils might doodle instead of working on their assignments or listening to the teacher.
  • 2. A student might write a dirty word or, worse yet, a threatening note to another student, with a pencil. 3. One student might have a mechanical pencil, making those with wooden ones feel bad. 4. The pencil might get stolen. 5. Pencils break and need repairing all the time. 6. Kids who have pencils might doodle instead of working on their assignments or listening to the teacher.
  • 2. A student might write a dirty word or, worse yet, a threatening note to another student, with a pencil. 3. One student might have a mechanical pencil, making those with wooden ones feel bad. 4. The pencil might get stolen. 5. Pencils break and need repairing all the time. 6. Kids who have pencils might doodle instead of working on their assignments or listening to the teacher.
  • 2. A student might write a dirty word or, worse yet, a threatening note to another student, with a pencil. 3. One student might have a mechanical pencil, making those with wooden ones feel bad. 4. The pencil might get stolen. 5. Pencils break and need repairing all the time. 6. Kids who have pencils might doodle instead of working on their assignments or listening to the teacher.
  • 2. A student might write a dirty word or, worse yet, a threatening note to another student, with a pencil. 3. One student might have a mechanical pencil, making those with wooden ones feel bad. 4. The pencil might get stolen. 5. Pencils break and need repairing all the time. 6. Kids who have pencils might doodle instead of working on their assignments or listening to the teacher.
  • 6. Kids who have pencils might doodle instead of working on their assignments or listening to the teacher.
  • 6. Kids who have pencils might doodle instead of working on their assignments or listening to the teacher.

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  • Format Bigotry
    Doug JohnsonSecond Life, September 8, 2009
  • …a little about the presenter
  • http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com
  • A modest proposal…
  • poke an eye out
    poke another kid
  • write a dirty word
    write a threatening note
    write a note with test answers
  • some students may have nicer models
  • get stolen
  • break and need repair
  • might be used for doodling
  • Federal legislation neededNOW!
    Just what’s the point?
  • These kind of questions drive me bonkers:
  • These kind of questions drive me bonkers:
  • Why do adults so often start with format when determining appropriateness?
  • Penthouse
  • Games
  • You may be a format bigot if:
  • You may be a format bigot if:
    You have different rules surrounding the checkout of videos and laptop computers than you do books.
  • You may be a format bigot if:
    You allow voluntary free reading of books, but ban personal audio players with audio books.
  • You may be a format bigot if:
    You believe reading novels is preferable to reading graphic novels.
  • You may be a format bigot if:
    You ask kids to read something else when they’ve read one book multiple times, but you purchase movies just so you can watch them again and again.
  • You may be a format bigot if:
    You accept research findings in print but not as a multimedia product.
  • You may be a format bigot if:
    You require at least one “print’ reference in student research papers, but not at least one audiocast, video or blog reference.
  • You may be a format bigot if:
    You allow, and even encourage kids come to the library to play chess on a chessboard, but not chess on a computer screen.
  • Other signs of format bigotry?
    In acceptable assignments?
    In acceptable use of non-school library use?
    In … ?
  • How are you literate?
  • Forming an opinion of a resource based on its format makes about as much sense as forming an opinion about a person based on ethnicity.  
  • Forming an opinion of a resource based on its format makes about as much sense as forming an opinion about a person based on ethnicity. We've got to get beyond format bigotry. 
  • Forming an opinion of a resource based on its format makes about as much sense as forming an opinion about a person based on ethnicity. We've got to get beyond format bigotry. Kids have.
  • Format Bigotry
    Doug JohnsonSecond Life, September 8, 2009