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Factual, fake, or farcical?

Posted on: June 1, 2012

If you have no idea what happened almost a week ago in Singapore, you might wonder if this forum posting was factual, a fake, or farcical.

If you thought this was factual (a child actually wanted strangers to help her choose a new class monitor), you might find it both amusing and sad. Amusing because of the way it was written; sad because it was written the way many kids here speak English.

If you thought the posting was fake, you could say you knew because no school would allow their students to use mobile phones so openly. There was also little point in choosing a class monitor when the school vacation was about to start.

If you thought that this posting was a farce or spoof of last week’s by-election in Hougang, you would be right. You might also appreciate the poster’s ability to create a believable classroom scenario.

I could use an artefact like this to highlight the importance of information and digital literacies. I might facilitate a session with these questions:

  • What online source does the screenshot look like it is from?
  • Do you think this is real? How do you know?
  • What sources of information helped you determine your answer(s) to the previous question?
  • What can you now teach your parents/peers/juniors?

I could also tweak the workshops I offer on Web 2.0 and social media by providing this scenario as context for learning technical and social skills.

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