Articles for the Digital Literacy news article assignment: Feel free to search for an article
(from a reputable news organization only) on digital ethics, device distraction and personal
productivity, laptops in the classroom, or hand writing vs. laptop typing & learning. However, to
save time you can choose from one of the following articles to read, identify and share three key
points, and write a summary paragraph about what you learned or found interesting. If you
choose your own article you must input the URL into the iLearn assignment along with your
written assignment (see next page for instructions).
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE ASSIGNMENT FOLLOW THE LIST OF ARTICLES
“Tristan Harris: Do Our Devices Control More Than We Think?” NPR TED Radio Hour.
https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=557418328 Listen to the podcast
and/or read the transcript. (The TED Talk excerpts are from
“A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop. Students who used longhand
remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material,” by Cindi May on June
3, 2014, Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/a-learning-secret-don-ttake-notes-with-a-laptop/
“The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note
Taking,” by Pam A. Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer, Princeton University and
University of California, Los Angeles, https://sites.udel.edu/victorp/files/2010/11/PsychologicalScience-2014-Mueller-0956797614524581-1u0h0yu.pdf Read especially the introduction on pp.
1-2 and the “General Discussion” on page 8.
“Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom: What do you think they’ll
actually use it for?” by Cindi May on July 11, 2017, Scientific American,
“Students can’t resist distraction for two minutes … and neither can you,” by Bob Sullivan,
NBC News. https://www.nbcnews.com/business/consumer/students-cant-resist-distraction-twominutes-neither-can-you-f1C9984270
“6 tech tips for maximizing productivity in an age of rampant distraction: Staying focused
is difficult when all your tools are competing for attention; here’s how to manage,”
“How to find focus and crush the competition in the age of distraction: Author Jocelyn K. Glei
zeroes in on how to master digital tools like email instead of being enslaved by them,” by
Marc Ferranti, Editor in Chief , IDG News Service, July 5, 2017,
Principles of Macroeconomics
“How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind — from a Magician and Google Design Ethicist,” by
Tristan Harris, https://journal.thriveglobal.com/how-technology-hijacks-peoples-minds-from-amagician-and-google-s-design-ethicist-56d62ef5edf3
TECH WE’RE USING: When You Track Oreos, Exercise and Everything Else, by Tim
Herrera, The New York Times,
“How I’m Fighting Bias in Algorithms,” TED talk by Joy Buolamwini,
Why our Screens Make Us Less Happy, by Adam Alter (video, or you can click on transcript):
Chapter 1 of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New
Frontier of Power, by Shoshana Zuboff. Go to https://www.amazon.com/Age-SurveillanceCapitalism-Future-Frontierebook/dp/B01N2QEZE2/ref=pd_ybh_a_6?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=N6MRG3FY7G0YY
ANNG8ZG and click “Look Inside” and read the first chapter. OR, request a free sample to be sent
to your Kindle – it will contain the first chapter. This is a macro view of the digital privacy issue, but
if you are interested in society wide problems, you will likely find it fascinating.
Even the Tech Elite Are Worrying About Tech Addiction, By Farhad Manjoo,
• Choose an article from the above list.
• After reading the article, type into the assignment on iLearn:
1.Your name and date, the name of the article, the author, the date of the article,
and the publisher.
2.List three key points from the article, stated in your own words (no copying and
pasting the three key points)
• Each of your three key points must be a one full sentence , and in list format.
• You can number them (1, 2, and 3), or you can use a bullet list ( this bullet list is a
Do not list your three key points in paragraph form.
3.Add a three to ten sentence paragraph telling me, in your own words, what you
have learned or what you found interesting about the article. If you did not learn
anything, or if you did not find the article interesting, you must choose a differen t
4. Submit your assignment via iLearn by October 9, 2019.
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