Thursday, March 23, 2017

Information Literacy

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Information literacy is more than possessing information. Information literacy is the ability "to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information." (ACRL, 2000)
What kid of practical steps can you and your students take to critically evaluate information found on the Internet?
Big 6 and Super3
The Big6 is a process model of how people should solve an information strategies. Super 3 is a simplified model for the youngest students.


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Additional resources :
ISTE Standards for students connection:
Standard # 3:Knowledge constructor: Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.

  • 3a Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
  • 3b. Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.
ISTE  Standards for teachers connection:
#2 d. Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning
snopes.com -Reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation
truthorfiction.com - Get the truth about rumors, inspirational stories, virus warnings, hoaxes, scams, humorous tales, pleas for help, urban legends, prayer requests, calls to action, and other forwarded emails.
hoax-slayer.com - dedicated to" debunking email hoaxes, thwarting Internet scammers, combating spam, and educating web users about email and Internet security issues"
sourcewatch.org - collaborative resource for  documented information about the corporations, industries, and people trying to influence public policy and public opinion
domaintools.com - collection of domain name ownership records in the world (also look easywhois.com)
http://zapatopi.net/afdb/ ; http://www.thedogisland.com/index.html ; http://prank.link

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During the lab group work:


image by R.Galloway

Using steps from the Internet Detective website,  the Detective Work section and Stephen Downe's Principles for Evaluating Websites analyze the following websites:

Exhibit A: (elementary):
http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/

Exhibit B:
http://www.archaeology.org/online/features/hierakonpolis/zombies.html

Exhibit C:
http://www.uni.edu/coe/ci/240-031/images/infliteracy-vaccinate.jpg 

Exhibit D:
http://www.uni.edu/coe/ci/240-031/documents/mail_SlowDance.pdf

Exhibit E: 
http://www.blackpeopleloveus.com/index.html

Exhibit F:
http://www.tomsoutletstore2014.com 

Scrutinize the websites above. Can you find an argument to support or discredit the legitimacy of your website? How can you prove it? Can you see the purpose behind the website? Could you use it in your classroom?




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