Digital Citizenship & Media Literacy


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Presentation on Digital Citizenship & Media Literacy for ECMP & ECS, Faculty of Education, University of Regina

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  • This cover has been called the most controversial of all time. The related article concerned the “death of god movement” that had sprung up in the 1960’s. The cover and article enraged readers.
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  • On April 1, 1957 the British news show Panorama broadcast a three-minute segment about a bumper spaghetti harvest in southern Switzerland. The success of the crop was attributed both to an unusually mild winter and to the "virtual disappearance of the spaghetti weevil." The audience heard Richard Dimbleby, the show's highly respected anchor, discussing the details of the spaghetti crop as they watched video footage of a Swiss family pulling pasta off spaghetti trees and placing it into baskets. The segment concluded with the assurance that, "For those who love this dish, there's nothing like real, home-grown spaghetti."

    The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest hoax generated an enormous response. Hundreds of people phoned the BBC wanting to know how they could grow their own spaghetti tree. To this query the BBC diplomatically replied, "Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best."

    To this day the Panorama broadcast remains one of the most famous and popular April Fool's Day hoaxes of all time. It is also believed to be the first time the medium of television was used to stage an April Fool's Day hoax.
  • The Surgeon’s Photo, taken in 1933, finally found to be a hoax in 1984 (British Journal of Photography), finally a confession in 1994 that it was nothing more than a toy submarine fitted with the head of a sea monster.


  • How many people have watched this video “David After the Dentist”, a seven year old boy coming home from the Dentist after some anesthetic. Something like 21 milllion people have now viewed this clip, and there have various remixes. And there are certainly some issues of what we share online, how it quickly goes out of our control. This is something all of us must understand.


    Also see video here from 5:00 on

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  • Digital Citizenship & Media Literacy

    1. 1. Digital Citizenship & Media Literacy Dr. Alec Couros
    2. 2. “Digital citizenship isn’t just about recognizing and dealing with online hazards. It’s about building safe spaces & communities, understanding how to manage personal information, and about being Internet savvy - using your online presence to grow & shape your world in a safe, creative way, and inspiring others to do the same.” (Digizen)
    3. 3. What are the big changes in media? Early Day of PC in Schools Today’s Social/Mobile Reality
    4. 4. Offensive Content
    5. 5. What Is Considered Offensive?
    6. 6. 1966
    7. 7. 1971
    8. 8. 1991
    9. 9. 1996
    10. 10. 2006
    11. 11.
    12. 12. Youtube TOS or Rap Video Tutorial?
    13. 13. Is it ever possible to filter ‘offensive content’? Do our attempts at control do more harm than good? What is the role of schools in preparing (digital) citizens?
    14. 14. Misinformation, Scams, Hoaxes.
    15. 15. Swiss Spaghetti Harvest
    16. 16. Swiss Spaghetti Harvest
    17. 17. The evaluation of web sources often employ the following criteria: authority, currency, accuracy, objectivity, coverage. What are the limitations of these criteria with regards to the emerging flow of information?
    18. 18. Viral Videos/Memes
    19. 19.
    20. 20. A meme is “a cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) passed on from one person to another by non-genetic means (as by imitation).” Is the understanding of memes and how knowledge spreads in our society important? And, how may it apply to the development and understanding of digital citizenship?
    21. 21. Safety & Cyberbullying
    22. 22.
    23. 23. •Sexual predation on minors is a concern, is a phenomenon that existed before the Internet, but is overhyped by the media. •Bullying/harrassment most frequent threats faced by minors both online & offline. •Internet increases availability of problematic content but does not always increase minors’ exposure. •Risk profile & factors for minors made up of many psychosocial factors including family dynamics.
    24. 24. Hate, Racism,Violence
    25. 25. 2008
    26. 26. “Some of the comments on Youtube make you weep for the future of humanity, just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and naked hatred.” @leverus (Lev Grossman)
    27. 27. How should educators ‘deal with’ hate & racism on Internet & social media sites?
    28. 28. Social Network Services
    29. 29. Social Network Services are not going away anytime soon. How should school districts and classrooms approach better understanding and utilizing these services with students? What are the vital components of understanding when ‘dealing with’ social networking services in education?
    30. 30. Civic/Political/Cultural Engagement
    31. 31. We are entering a period of ubiquitous access to technology & many available social tools. How do we proceed into the knowledge economy without better understanding media? How do we continue the conversation?
    32. 32. Contact: email: c twitter: @courosa skype: aleccouros blog: