The original fake news?



One day strikes by ETFO members will take place in: Bluewater, Grand Erie, Hamilton-Wentworth, Keewatin-Patricia, Lakehead, Ontario North East, Ottawa-Carleton, Peel, Penetanguishene, Protestant Separate, Simcoe County, Superior-Greenstone, Trillium Lakelands and York Region School Boards, and Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre

Details here.


OSSTF members will strike in the following districts: Algoma District School Board, Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board, Superior-Greenstone District School Board, Greater Essex County District School Board, Avon Maitland District School Board, Peel District School Board, District School Board of Niagara, Limestone District School Board, and Renfrew County District School Board as well as numerous worksites in Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario, Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario, Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, and Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l’Ontario.

Details here.


A one day strike by AEFO members will take place across the province.

Details here.

Is fake news a recent thing?

Maybe not.

According to on a February 13

Now, this might be a tough concept for kids today. Before there was a television in every home or in every room in a home or viewable on your device, there was radio. Listening to radio shows was often a great family pastime.

Media Literacy wasn’t something that was totally dissected like it is today. For the most part, people took it as a truthful source of information. Or entertainment. Or of the world coming to an end.

Orson Welles was a popular media producer both in movies and on the radio. Like much in the media, you get ahead by finding a niche and making it yours. He was a genius. Welles had a radio series and used it to experiment. One of his experiments was the famous “War of the Worlds” broadcast on Hallowe’en. It was a radio adaption of H.G. Wells’ work and was broadcast on Hallowe’en in 1938.

Legend had it that Americans listening panicked in many ways believing that this radio enactment was actually a real-time news story detailing an invasion from Mars. You can read at the link above all that happened – truthfully, and according to legend.

Because of the panic, people apparently didn’t consider the date that it was being broadcast, that the events started on the hour, was sponsored on the radio, and it took an hour to happen.

In my personal record library, I have a recording of Welles’ War of the World along with a collection of him playing the role of “The Shadow”.

the weed of crime bears bitter fruit

On this day in 1939, a Spanish version was broadcast leading to the burning at the radio station.

If only Media Literacy had been a thing at the time…

Would your students be fooled?

If nothing else, it’s a reminder not to come into the middle of a show…


OTR Links 02/13/2020

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.