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Wednesday, February 28 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Attacking trolls with civility- helping students combat confirmation bias & create cogent thoughts

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We live in a technology-fueled information glut, amplified by social networks and narrowcasting that feeds us information confirming our points of view and failing to consider facts and arguments. In this session, we’ll look at both the “tech” and “teaching” side of combatting this cognitive dissonance. On the tech side, we need to take steps to get “cleaner” information that isn’t just dictated to us by search algorithms. We’ll look at tightening privacy settings and being more protective of our online profiles. We’ll also look at using alternative tech tools to find more objective resources. On the teaching side, we’ll discuss classroom strategies that build student awareness of filter bubbles, develop critical evaluation of online sources and assertions, and lead to thoughtful discussions in which students put forth well-developed arguments while listening to others. 

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Kate Pole

Teacher, Illinois State University Lab High School
In addition to teaching social science at U-High since 2008, Kate Pole facilitates a 10-member cohort of teachers and counselors pursuing National Board Certification, and is herself a National Board Certified teacher. Using a range of tech tools, including PearDeck, EdPuzzle, Blackboard... Read More →

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Jim Kurz

Tech Director, University High School

Wednesday February 28, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am CST
Exploration Theater