Informational Literacy

Can we define what it means to be information literate?  According to these folks, it’s defined as “a crucial skill in the pursuit of knowledge.  It involves recognizing when information is needed and being able to efficiently locate, accurately evaluate, effectively use, and clearly communicate information in various formats.  It refers to the ability to navigate the rapidly growing information environment, which encompasses an increasing number of information suppliers as well as the amount supplied, and includes bodies of professional literature, popular media, libraries, the Internet, and much more.” While we may be able to define it in a textbook sense, does that then mean that we can define it in a way relevant to teaching students its implementation?

As technology is continuously evolving, that naturally indicates that our methods for teaching digital literacy and what we’re teaching within digital literacy has to evolve as well. While I can see how teachers may rely on students to police themselves due to time constraints, it really seems more appropriate for schools to be intentional about teaching kids how to use digital resources. A good avenue for teaching them such skills would be actually checking and critiquing sources used in assignments and research papers. That, of course, takes time, which is a highly valuable commodity in the realm of teaching. It also requires taking the time and providing resources such as the lists on this blog post. All in all, perhaps some time could be used having older and more experienced students assess each other’s use of resources in the classroom. It would provide an opportunity for social growth in problem solving and giving feedback , which are also essential tools one needs in life!


Design in Presentations

While I was aware of the majority of the concepts in the article, I did not know the specific names for them such as 7-7-1 and signal to noise ratio and such. Because I’ve suffered through countless painful presentations (even as recently as earlier this week in class), I think I’ll be quite cognisant of inflicting the same pain onto my own students! It is vitally important to have good presentations for students to make the delivery of information engaging and relevant. My past presentations have been pretty successful in that endeavor. Because I’m so incredibly visual-spacial, I’m particularly aware of the boring, over-bulleted, abused power point.


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