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Month: August 2017

30 Aug

How to Plan For An End of Summer Vacation

Summer is the perfect time for a vacation. There is definitely no better place in the world for you and your family to vacation this summer that  Walt Disney World. The Disney world has something fun and exciting for everyone in the family no matter their age. This is what definitely makes Walt Disney World the most popular and preferred summer vacation choice.

Here are some of the important planning tips for the perfect late summer vacation.

To have the perfect vacation, it is important for you to make plans in advance to guarantee you have a memorable summer vacation. These plans will help you understand:

  • Double check your vacation dates – It is important before you sign up and plan any vacation expense to check and ensure the vacation plans fall on your vacation days. Secondly, it is important you try to avoid visiting Disney on spring break, Christmas time or the early summer month because they are usually the busiest – which means longer queues. Recommended time to vacation at Disney would be – non-event days/ January or February or mid-October or mid-August.
  • Choose a hotel for accommodation – 28 hotels operate in Walt Disney World. This can make it hard for anyone who has never been to Disney world to pick the right hotel for them. This is why it is important for you to check out the moderate Disney World resort review. It will help you identify the perfect hotel fit in terms of your family needs, vacation budget, and vacation style.
  • Book your dining reservation – Making a dining reservation while at Disney is almost impossible because, at Walt Disney World, dining reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance. Thus you should make your dining reservation as early as possible.
  • Fastpass+ reservations –  Walt Disney World resort hotel guest begins booking their choice of attraction as early as 60 days prior to their arrival. The fastpass+ tend to go fast, so make sure you prioritize what attraction is a must visit first.
  • Get personalized magic bands – Magic bands are complimentary for all members of the family on vacation.used to get access to the Walt Disney World resort hotel. It is easy to have the magic bands personalized with individual names, and everyone can also choose the color of their brand.
  • Make arrangements for the Disney magical express – You must ensure you set up a Disney magical express, which is a free ride to and from the Orlando International Airport and your Walt Disney World resort hotel and back after the vacation.
  • Travel prepared for the hot summer Disney weather – It is important to check how hot the temperatures will be expected when you vacation. Pack light clothes, sunscreen, and remember to stay hydrated.
  • Look up what the Walt Disney World park hours are – This will allow you to arrive at the attraction early, before the queues get too long.
  • Get up to date on the latest happenings about Disney World and start listening to one of the top rated Disney World podcasts out there that will talk about things like tips for in the parks, Disney moderate resort reviews and a lot more. 

Always be on the lookout for offers and special discounts which will enable you to see more of the best secrets about Disney World without going above budget.


29 Aug

Evaluating Sources in a ‘Post-Truth’ World: Ideas for Teaching and Learning About Fake News

The issue of fake news has been increasing exponentially in the technological era and it is becoming out of control. Emerging technologies have attracted new ways to spread the fake news and a lot of people have become victims. The reason for this is that a lot of people are still not trained to spot the wrong news. Students should learn the methods and strategies to evaluate the sources of the news and make sure if the news is accurate and trustworthy.

A recent study from Stanford has revealed that adults are easy targets for fake news due to lack of knowledge and preparation. Now, I am going to share some ideas that can be used for teaching and learn how to spot fake news:


Check the Source


The primary step to spot fake news is to check the source of the news. For example, a news website recently published fake news about the Obamas buy a home in Dubai. However, such types of news were not published by leading news websites.

Unfortunately, publishing fake news has become a marketing tool for the new websites or newspapers to attract people. Therefore, you must check whether the source of the news is credible or not.

Similarly, teachers should inculcate to the students how to check the sources of the news and also to cross-check it with reliable sources.


Read the Minor Details of the News


If you find a catchy headline, you must read all the details of the news. Most of the time, the actual news is different from the headline. Nowadays, the headlines are written as a clickbait to attract people. For instance there could  be an article about portable basketball hoops about the best outdoor basketball hoop of the year but the article itself might not actually be about it, they could be just using the headline to get clicks that they know people want to see.

Take note, however, that the credible and trustworthy websites and newspapers also tend to sensationalize their headlines. Therefore, you must not assume the headline as the whole news; instead, you must continue reading the full story to get the exact news. Teachers should guide the students how to capture the full story. This exercise will prepare them to avoid the scams that use clickbait headlines.


Find the Author


Students must be prepared to check the trustworthiness of the author. Most of the time, the authors of the credible news agencies are trustworthy and they report the exact news. However, if you come across articles featured on low-profile blogs, let your students check the credibility of the author.

Instruct your students to visit the bio page of the author and check his past articles and qualification. Search the internet for the name of the author and look if any fake news has been attributed to him in the past.


Look for the Support of the News


Students must also be taught to check the original source of the news. Almost all the news mentions the source of the news. If you cross check that source of the news, then you may find a different story. If you find a different or fabricated story, then it means that the story is fake.                                                                                                                                                    

All in all, we are living in a post-truth world where sensationalism overshadows the facts. We must prepare the students early on how to spot the fake news and to avoid the scam.