Americans Believe That Misinformation Could Affect The Election. Here’s How A College Education Matters.

New polling by Gallup/Knight Foundation shows that the majority of Americans are very concerned about misinformation and its effects on the upcoming election. The probability-based web survey was conducted with 1,269 adults from Sept. 11-24, prior to the first presidential debate and before President Donald Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis.

According to the poll, roughly 80% of Americans are concerned — either very (48%) or somewhat (33%) — that misinformation on social media will sway the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Their level of concern differs considerably by political party, with 62% of Democrats very concerned about misinformation and its effect on the election, compared to 36% of Republicans and 40% of independents. Nonetheless, majorities of both Republicans and independents are at least somewhat concerned about misinformation’s potential impact.


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How Can Video-Conferenced Lessons Affect Learning for the Youngest Students?

What the Research Says

Preschool and early elementary teachers face some of the greatest unknowns when dealing with remote learners during the pandemic. There has been very little research on very young students learning remotely, but emerging research on video lessons could provide clues for educators working to stem learning loss.

One new analysis in the journal Child Development finds that children ages 6 and under scored, on average across tests and learning domains, half of a standard deviation higher if they had been taught information via face-to-face instruction compared to video. To put that in context, if young children learning through video performed at the 50th percentile on a given assessment, those learning in-person would be performing at the 69th percentile.

Researchers Gabrielle Strouse of the University of South Dakota and Jennifer Samson of Queens University of Charlotte analyzed the effects of video lessons on children ages 6 and

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Fears internet issues in Moray schools may affect online learning

Moray Council has been urged to ensure its school infrastructure is fit for online learning amid concerns it is struggling to cope.

Lessons delivered through internet platforms were commonplace before classes returned following the summer holidays.

However, the services remain under consideration in the event pupils need to self-isolate or classes need to be reduced in size if rules surrounding the coronavirus pandemic change.

Yesterday Forres Academy teacher Susan Slater, who is local branch secretary of the EIS union, warned learning may start to suffer amid concerns the internet bandwidth in some schools is already struggling to cope with demand.

She said: “The reality is that if we move towards classes where individuals need to self-isolate then staff will be responding more and more on digital platforms.

“It will be crucial to resolve these issues otherwise there will be an impact on attainment and the workload of class teachers.”


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