Hoaxes! Urban Legends! Tabloid Trash and Conspiracies! (3/2/19 Part 1)

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Hoaxes! Urban legends! Tabloid trash and conspiracies! They’re about as common online as cat videos. So today we’re talking about them because, as the Charles Spurgeon said: “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” Internet Myths and Fact Checking – Part 1 What can we do about it? Need some fact checking sites and other resources? Snopes.com PolitiFact.com https://www.newsguardtech.com/ https://www.wired.com/story/momo-hoax-viral-scares-advice/ https://www.npr.org/2019/03/02/699663319/the-latest-internet-hoax-momo-challenge  

Defending against Internet Hoaxes! (3/2/19 Part 2)

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So, there are hoaxes. What to do? How do you defend against them? We talk about how you can bop them on the nose! Internet Myths and Fact-Checking – Part 2 For more fun stuff to challenge your brain with: https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/ https://yourbias.is/ https://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles https://www.denverpost.com/2016/10/31/definitive-guide-to-denver-international-airport-conspiracy-theories/

Searching 101: Pros and Cons of Online Search! (2/16/19 Part 1)

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Searching for things online is a great thing to do, but… its got issues. Can you trust random searches? Are searches objective? Why do you see what you see? Searching – Both Online and Offline Great links for you! Eli Parsons’ Ted Talk about Filter Bubbles: https://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles DuckDuckGo, LD’s favorite search engine! https://duckduckgo.com/ StartPage, formerly known as IxQuick. https://www.startpage.com/ NewsGuard, a fantastic plugin for many internet browsers. https://www.newsguardtech.com/ And don’t forget… where’s your local library? http://www.lib-web.org/united-states/public-libraries/

Searching 101: Libraries! Do you know the Dewey Decimal System?

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Ah, Conan the Librarian… a classic joke from Weird Al Yankovic’s movie UHF. Tech available at your Local Library! Thankfully, real librarians are super nice folks with tons of knowledge but without the swinging swords. Fun links! Millennials love the library! http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/21/millennials-are-the-most-likely-generation-of-americans-to-use-public-libraries/ No, they really love the library! http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/09/10/younger-americans-and-public-libraries/ Hawai’i State Library System – https://www.librarieshawaii.org/ Want to borrow eBooks, audiobooks and more from your library on your phone or tablet? https://www.overdrive.com/ The Hawaii DOE has library services too! http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/BeyondTheClassroom/LibraryServices/Pages/Home.aspx Audible! You can check out audiobooks from the library using them as well! http://www.audibletrial.com/MauiOnline

Office, Office, and Office! (2/2/19 Part 1)

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Office productivity software is a staple for businesses, schools, non-profits, and many households. Word processors, spreadsheets, even presentation software! Which Office? What’s out there? Well, we look into Microsoft Office/Office 365, LibreOffice, and GoogleDocs/GSuite for Business, talking about them and asking, “what about you?”  

Internet Browsers 101: your gateway to the internet! (1/26/19)

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When you go online, your internet browser is your gateway to the internet. But are they all the same? No! Browsers 101 “But doesn’t everyone use ________?” No! So we talk about the basics of internet browsers! What’s the pros and cons of different browsers? Who are they meant for? And what is Google doing that is getting ad blockers mad?