Take this recent fake news quiz at Buzzfeed
- How did you do?
- What information did you have to consider as you decided if a news item was true or not? Where did this knowledge come from? Did you click any of the links after the answers?
- What implicit argument does this quiz make for how readers can identify fake news?
Welcome to Sections 1 and 2 of Writing, Research, & Technology (WRT for short)! I’m Jason and I’m looking forward to working together this semester. Today we are getting to know each other, reviewing the syllabus, getting acquainted with one of the spaces we will be using this semester (and which some of you are already familiar), and preparing for our work for next class.
As you can see, I use the daily plan blog on this course site to share my lesson plans with you. These also serve as a space for documenting our work and clarifying homework assignments. They are organized by categories and tags and searchable (look to the right). Today I’ll start by telling you a bit about myself and why I designed this course to focus on fake news and this phenomenon writers call post-truth.
Make your own fake news
Use Breakingnews247 or Breakyourownnews to write a fake news story about yourself to share on social media. Be creative but also try to twist or exaggerate something true about yourself so that people might comment on it on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. Save these images to your desktop. If you’re feeling brave, share it on social media and see what your followers say.
Google Drive set up
We will be using Google Drive to share files and folders throughout this semester. Here’s how to use it.
- Go to http://drive.google.com/a/rowan.edu and log in with your usual Rowan credentials.
- Go to the “Shared With Me” tab on the left.
- Find your WRT student folder. It should include your last name, first name followed by “WRT” (i.e. “Luther, Jason WRT”). Click on it. This is the folder you will use to share work with me that is not on a public site; it saves us the trouble of using Blackboard and sending files via email.
- Drag your saved fake news story into your WRT folder.