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What is Information Literacy?
literacy is the ability to recognize an information need and then
locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information.
Students need to learn how to become productive citizens in our information-rich and changing global society. It is not enough for students to graduate with a set knowledge base. Instead, they must be able to gather, analyze, organize, and synthesize information in many different formats.
Our Growing World of Information
The amount of information available to us is rapidly increasing due to the constant developments in technology.
who not only know how to obtain digital information, but can also
analyze, evaluate and apply what they find to solve everyday problems
are the lifeblood of the 21st century economy..."
Ray Kelly, President of Certiport
31 July 2009
Do you know -
It is estimated that 1.5 exabytes (1.5 x 10,000,000,000,000,000,000) of unique new information will be generated worldwide this year.
In the Classroom
Information literacy skills should be integrated across the content areas, not taught in isolation.
have been developed by educational researchers.
While models will vary, most include these information problem-solving steps:
Today’s students need to:
Web 2.0 Tools
Many Web 2.0 tools can motivate
students to exercise the critical thinking skills needed to locate,
manage, integrate, evaluate, create and communicate information in our
AskKids - A search engine developing information literacy and critical thinking skills
Boolify - Critical Thinking and Advanced Information Searches
Edcanvas - Curating Multimedia Rich Projects and Lessons
Google Search Stories - Search Engine + Storytelling
PebbleGo - A subscription database promoting research skills for K-2