FINDING AND CONSUMING DIGITAL CONTENT

FINDING AND CONSUMING DIGITAL CONTENT

From researching for a project or a report to watching latest news and music videos, we need to learn how to evaluate the quality, credibility, and validity of the content available in the digital space. In this theme of the toolkit, we focus on enabling individuals to efficiently and effectively find and consume digital content through lessons, blogs and videos.

LESSONS AND CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

1 .Search and Research using Google
The internet contains too much information now, and a significant portion of it is irrelevant or even false. To deal with the issues posed by this information overload phenomenon, it’s necessary for every digital citizen to learn how to properly use Google(or any other search engine) for search and research purposes.

2. Wikipedia - Friend or Foe
Wikipedia is a household name, the most popular online encyclopedia, also one of the most visited websites. Crowdsourcing, which makes Wikipedia so powerful, is also the reason it’s so vulnerable to vandalism and falsehood. As a digital citizen, one must know both sides of Wikipedia, as a potential friend or foe, to be able to use it properly.


3. Tackling Disinformation
The present age of information has now been deemed as the “age of disinformation” due to the rapid rise in the creation and circulation of falsehood. To be able to tackle disinformation, one needs to understand the incentives behind the creation and spread of falsehood.

KARKHANA BLOGS

1. Search and Research using Google

  1. Concerns about Google | Karkhana: This article informs the readers about some concerns people have expressed about the use of Google, so that they can be aware about the things they are indirectly a part of by supporting Google.
  2. A brief introduction to Google Scholar | Karkhana: This article talks about Google Scholar, its working, drawbacks, benefits and ends with some tips on making a better use of the tool
  3. Using Google Search Techniques | Karkhana: Members of Karkhana share their personal experience with using different Google search techniques

2. Wikipedia - Friend or Foe

  1. Meet the Wiki Family | Karkhana: Here the reader gets acquainted with ten members(there are more) of the wiki family
  2. How to check Wikipedia articles? | Karkhana: Members of Karkhana present an analysis of three Wikipedia articles, where they show the reader how to spot the red and green flags
  3. Sources of Information on Wikipedia | Karkhana: Where does the information on WIkipedia come from? What sources should we trust? What are the red flags? We answer these questions in this article


3. Tackling Disinformation

  1. Is Seeing Believing? | Karkhana: Modern technology has made it easy to create convincing manipulated images. In this article, we analyze four examples of altered images and discuss debunking them.

VIDEOS

1. Search and Research using Google

How to Use Google Reverse Image Search to Fact Check Images | Common Sense Education: Common sense media teaches us how we can use the Google Reverse Image search feature

How to Find Better Information Online: Click Restraint: This video talks about a simple yet effective way to find better information - resist the urge to click and

5 Must-Have Google Search Tips for Students | Common Sense Education 

2. Wikipedia

Wikipedia - Behind the encyclopedia: a guide about how the world's largest encyclopedia came to be and how it operates differently than most other popular websites.

Using Wikipedia: Crash Course Navigating Digital Information: How to better evaluate information with lateral reading, and find trustworthy primary sources.

How to Use Wikipedia Wisely: Basics of how to use Wikipedia wisely.

3. Tackling Disinformation

It’s Getting Harder to Spot a Deep Fake Video

Debunking fake news and hoax stories

OTHER READING RESOURCES