Break the Fake in 2019!

Media literacy week runs from October 7th – 11th, 2019 and this years theme is “Break the Fake“.

With “fake news” becoming more and more prevalent it is important for all internet users to learn how to spot misleading or false news stories.

The above video by MediaSmarts give many suggestions for how to spot a fake news story, and fact check suspected fake news stories.

Media Literacy Week is an annual national campaign hosted by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers Federation to promote digital and media literacy, with activities and events taking place in classrooms, libraries, museums and community groups from coast to coast to coast.

For a full list of events in your community during digital literacy week check the listings on the MediaSmarts website.

techKNOWtutors Partners with RIAC

We are happy to announce that techKNOWtutors has begun hosting weekly sessions with our new friends from the Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council (RIAC), located at 362 Water Street in downtown St. John’s.

We will be on site with our tech gear for hands on instruction every Friday at 1PM NST. All sessions are open to the public and everyone is welcome to join us. Visit our web page for a full calendar of listings.

Are you a Newfoundland and Labrador community organization? We’d love to connect with you about also becoming a partner to host techKNOWtutor sessions! All of our sessions are offered at no cost and are taught by a team of knowledgeable instructors.

Please connect with us to learn more!

App Spotlight – Be My Eyes

Be My Eyes is an amazing app that connects blind or low-vision persons with sighted volunteers who offer virtual assistance through the app’s video call. There are currently over 2,000,000 volunteers registered through the app.

Video demonstration of Be My Eyes

How it works

When a blind or low-vision person needs assistance, they simply open the app and initiate a live video call.

The call goes out to several volunteers at the one time and a notification appears on the volunteers smartphone. The first volunteer to respond is connected to the person requesting help.

The blind or low-vision person simply asks the volunteer for their help and points their phone at what they need help with. Once the task is finished, both parties can disconnect.

Common uses for Be My Eyes

There are lots of reasons a blind or low-vision may use the Be My Eyes app. Here are some examples:

  1. Finding dropped items
  2. Describing pictures or paintings
  3. Matching or explaining colors
  4. Reading labels on products
  5. Reading the best before dates on food

Where to get the app

The app is available to download for both Apple or Android devices. Simply visit the app store and search for “Be My Eyes” or click the links above.