Critical thinking

Based on the tutorial I had yesterday in Language and Technology and precisely Martin’s proposition of an expansive view of digital literacies, I see digital literacies as  the ability to use digital tools in an appropriate context in order to create media expressions, to communicate, in short: to enable consctructive social action, not only technical skills. I put something in bold just to say that you have to take in consideration cultural and intercultural literacy (what’s acceptable and what’s not in a given society). I want to add that you also have to adopt a critical thinking when you’re searching for something on the internet (for example). You need to filter and decide what’s useful for you and what’s not.

You’re probably thinking: “Why is she writing this?”  My purpose is simple, dear reader, I just want to show you two websites and to ask you which one could be the spoof one and the other the real website. It’s like a little game for those who study French or at least, understand French.

Here’re the links of both websites:

In order to help you choosing which one is the spoof website, I give you differents criteria you could use:

  • the layout
  • the content
  • style of language
  • URL
  • links to other websites

This is a small exercise you can use for all websites you have a look at when you google for something. It can help you do adopt a critical thinking. There are soooooo many students who don’t really think when they cut and paste something from the net and then, they write an essay or else and realize a few hours before giving in their paper that they aren’t logical in what they say, that something is wrong.

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