Is it possible to help students engage in civil discourse in social media and other online spaces? That is the topic educators discussed at the #NYCSchoolsTech Summit on #DiversityMatters.
Civil discourse is possible in online spaces if we work to prepare students to engage responsibly and in a civil manner. Here are some ways to achieve that.
4 Considerations To Engage in Civil Discourse Online
Consider the Source. Ask:
- What are the sources?
- Reliable sources?
- Look at data/ statistic - where did information come from?
- Prep students to give resources for viewpoint.
Consider the Facts
- Check em.
- Use em. Even if they do not support your idea.
- Manipulation of data can support any story.
- Teach students where to get information.
- New sources are the starting point - then look elsewhere(multiple sources are needed).
- Consumers of information need to challenge/research data & how it is presented.
Consider the Research. Ask:
- Who is hosting site?
- Who is writing the story?
Consider Using Information Literacy Skills
- Presence of misinformation makes people distrust all information.
- People/youth give up.
- Combat information illiteracy by ensuring students are prepared with information literacy skills
- Isolate views from view of knowledge/information.
What do you think? Are some of these ideas ones you have used? Which might you incorporate into your classroom to support civil discourse in online spaces?