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21CIF: Locate, Evaluate and Ethically use Digital information: Co Curators: Dennis O'Connor & Carl Heine
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Creative Commons free online workshop

Creative Commons free online workshop | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

"Open content licensing for educators" is a free online workshop held from 23rd - 27th January 2012. It is designed for educators who want to learn more about open education resources, copyright, and creative commons licences.


The course materials were developed as a collaborative project by volunteers from the OER Foundation, WikiEducator, the OpenCourseWare Consortium and Creative Commons with funding support from UNESCO.

 

The course will provide prerequisite knowledge required by educators to legally remix open education materials and help institutions to take informed decisions about open content licences.

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The Keyword Blog: ISTE 2011: Put On Your ‘Big Girl Panties’

The Keyword Blog: ISTE 2011: Put On Your ‘Big Girl Panties’ | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

This is a call to arms by Kathy Ishizuka. Many Library Media Specialists attended the ISTE 2011 conference in Philadelphia last summer.

 

The "gorilla-in-the-room issue of threatened obsolescence" is what it's all about. Read this insightful 3 step program for standing up for ourselves!

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7 Library Tools Students Would Find Handy | Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers

7 Library Tools Students Would Find Handy | Free and Useful Online Resources for Designers and Developers | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Internet as we know it has become a major source of information for many students. Getting maximum amount of knowledge on all sort information such as books, journals, electronic articles is now just a few clicks away.


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The 21st century skills teachers should have

The 21st century skills teachers should have | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Applications, tutorials, ideas, educational games, mobile apps, and web tools to help you integrate technology into education and enhance mobile learning (The 21st century skills teachers should have:

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Most Important Skills for 21st-Century Students

Most Important Skills for 21st-Century Students | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

The ability to think critically and analyze information is the most important skill 21-century-post-secondary students should learn, according to respondents. Those skill outpaced the more traditionally valued interpersonal skills, such as leadership, productivity, and accountability, collaboration


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Curation as a 21st Century Skill | Barbara Bray - Rethinking Learning

Curation as a 21st Century Skill | Barbara Bray - Rethinking Learning | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Curation skills are the new 21s century skill. Barbara Bray lists the skills needed for curating and asks questions on how this can work with kids.


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Critical Thinking

From Channel: QualiaSoup | December 24, 2009 A look at some of the principles of critical thinking.


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Get papers and projects done faster with yolink education

Get papers and projects done faster with yolink education | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it


Move search literacy to the forefront with yolink. Help students to effectively scan web pages, browse ebooks, and mine for information. yolink finds and organizes content from search results, and makes it easy to share and create information using Google Docs or your favorite social networking tool. Download yolink today and start saving time. It's Free!


Download one of our many sample lesson plans for a variety of grade levels. Or start with the yolink mini lessons focusing on understanding the search process and how yolink works.

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40 Incredible Blogs That Are Changing Education | Edudemic

40 Incredible Blogs That Are Changing Education | Edudemic | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

One of the pleasures of ending a year is to see various "Best of" recommendations.  Here's a list of recommended blogs from Edudemic.com.  


Many may say No Way!  I'm overwhelmed with more information that I can consume.  Remember you don't have to read everything.  Just dip in and skim occasionally.


(Who said their is no Info-glut only filter breakdowns?)  Consider adding a blog or two to the ponds where you fish for information.  Who knows what you'll catch. ~ Dennis


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40 Incredible Blogs


From blogs about education technology to ones answering questions from parents… there are lots to add to your preferred RSS reader. Each of these blogs was nominated for an Edublogs ‘Group Blog’ award for being the best new blog of the year. In the meantime, start working your way through this epic list of content creators!

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Discovery, Discussion, and Demonstration; Research & Web 2.0

Discovery, Discussion, and Demonstration; Research & Web 2.0 | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
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Discovery - Give students a research topic and they almost automatically turn to Google. In this section we'll explore some advanced Google search options. We'll also take a look at some search tools not named Google. Finally, we'll discuss re-use and citation of materials found on the web.


Discussion - One of the great features of the modern Internet is the ease with which we can host and archive discussions. In this section we'll look at using blogs, wikis, and private-label message board systems (like Ning) for sharing our discoveries and building upon them through discussions with colleagues and or students.


Demonstration - In the past, more times than not, demonstration of learning was limited to the physical parameters of a classroom. Today's modern web allows students to create a wide variety of products to demonstrate their knowledge. Likewise, sharing those products with a wider audience has become easier than ever before. In this section we'll look at tools for creating multimedia ebooks, videos, and podcasts. We'll then look at platforms for sharing those products with a wider audience and the benefits of sharing.


PRESENTERS:
Richard Byrne
A thought leader sharing free technology for teaching


Dr. Greg Williams
Moderator
Director and Clinical Associate Professor of Instructional Systems Development Graduate Programs, UMBC

COST: Complimentary

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21cif: Full Circle Kit: Question to OPTIMAL Query

21cif: Full Circle Kit: Question to OPTIMAL Query | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

This Full Circle Kit features the first of a five part series by Dr. Carl Heine:  Five Things Today's Digital Generation Cannot Do.


The Curriculm section includes User's Guides to several of our online interactive games.  You'll also find links to our Popular MicroModules:

  • Search Engines
  • Query: What is a Query?
  • Using Keywords Effectively
  • Synonyms
  • Hyper- and Hypo- Nyms
In the Action Zone you get links to 11 Search Challenge games.  
Included is an Optimal Query Assessment and with a user's guide. 
Click through and take a look? ~ Dennis
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Eight Tools for effective explanation | explainer.net

Eight Tools for effective explanation | explainer.net | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

"Explainers often have lofty goals in their subject matter, but we know that different people have different styles of learning. Explainers utilize many tools to break down complicated subjects beyond just a block of text, and we’ve collected eight of the best. Some of them are visual, interactive, or entertaining, but all of them help users easily digest intricate topics."....


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Ethical Use: On-demand information and training games for Digital Citizenship

Ethical Use: On-demand information and training games for Digital Citizenship | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

This is a 'Full Circle Kit" from 21cif.com.  You'll find articles, podcasts, lesson plans, micromodules, and many online interactive games on this table of contents page.  

 

The games in this Full Circle Kit include the popular Plagiarism Detection games as well as games on Copyright and Citation. 

 

A citation assessment tool, complete with user guide is also included.   

 

This work was done by Dr. Carl Heine and me a few years ago.  Still relevant today! ~ Dennis

 

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Joyce Valenza School Library Trendspotting « NeverEndingSearch

Joyce Valenza School Library Trendspotting « NeverEndingSearch | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

When Joyce Valenza speaks I listen.  By folllowing experts you learn quite a bit. This recent blog post details library media issues for the coming year.  Topics include:


Learning Commons/iCentre/Libratory/Kitchen
Creative Commons
Scaling open educational resources:
YA Lit as fan culture and serious genre:
Free, really, really good, professional development:
Mobility of Program
What to do about ebooks 

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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2011

5th Annual Survey of Learning Tools...

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10 Information Fluency Search Tips

10 Information Fluency Search Tips | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

These 10 tips will sharpen your search skills.  


For those who want to delve deeper, each tip is linked to one of our micro-modules. 


Information Fluency combines search and evaluation skills with ethical use of digital information.  


Our work closely aligns to NETS-S III Research and Information Fluency

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Angela Falkenberg's curator insight, June 7, 2013 2:08 PM

Useful guidelines for all levels of student researchers.

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Interview: Joyce Valenza, Edublog Lifetime Achievement Award

Interview: Joyce Valenza, Edublog Lifetime Achievement Award | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Superstar teacher librarian Joyce Valenza is this year's winner of the Edublog Lifetime Achievement Award for her tremendous contribution to the world of ed tech.


There were 40 nominees for the Edublog Lifetime Achievement Award, and a librarian won. What does that say about how others view the profession?


It's about time—not for me—but for the school library profession. I think it says two things. One, that our teacher librarian colleagues have a real voice in the ed tech field—one that's loud enough to be heard outside the libraryverse. It says that we are connecting, not only with partners in our buildings, but with partners in the other communities of practice—classroom teachers across disciplines and grade levels, administrators, academics, librarians in other library situations, across geography. We now mingle effectively face-to-face and online. Our ideas cross-pollinate. We are a force at ISTE [International Society for Technology in Education conference] and BLC [Building Learning Communities conference] and at edcamps and at unconferences, at webinars, and on Twitter and through our blogs. Two, within our own profession, we are now an effective tribe. We have leadership. We have forums. We share with each other, we mentor each other. We can mobilize for action quickly. To be completely honest, I know I had some very kind teacher librarian colleagues advocating for me on Twitter and on their blogs.

 


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Information Literacy Beyond Library 2.0 | The Search Principle blog

Information Literacy Beyond Library 2.0 | The Search Principle blog | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
My British information literacy friend, Peter Godwin, a fine librarian blogger and his colleague Jo Parker have edited a new volume of essays on information literacy in a social media-saturated, post-library 2.0 world.

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Writing Multiple-Choice Questions for Higher-level Thinking by Mike Dickinson : Learning Solutions Magazine

Writing Multiple-Choice Questions for Higher-level Thinking by Mike Dickinson : Learning Solutions Magazine | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

"We eLearning developers are used to the question, “Which is better, eLearning or classroom instruction?” The answer is, “It depends.” It’s the same answer if one asks, “Which are better, multiple-choice or essay questions?” Either question type is useful for assessing a variety of levels of thinking, depending on how well the designer crafts the questions. Designing multiple-choice questions is not as daunting a task as one might think."


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The Complete Educator’s Guide to Using Google Reader : The Edublogger

The Complete Educator’s Guide to Using Google Reader : The Edublogger | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Love it!? Hate it!?


Doesn’t really matter what you think of the new Google Reader interface…..


What does matter is they’ve changed some of the Google Reader functionality educators like to use.


So here’s my essential guide for what educators now need to know about using Google Reader.

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Best Websites for Teaching and Learning | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

I love to browse lists like these.  I'm always looking for a site I've never heard about.  Half a dozen unkowns on this list~!  Fun! ~Den


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The "Top 25" Websites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

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Don't forget this is the third incarnation of this list -- there are 50 more websites included in the AASL "Top 25" lists for 2009 and 2010. Now if I could only get my teachers to use some of them...
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Best Online Productivity Tools for 2012: The eLearning Coach

Best Online Productivity Tools for 2012: The eLearning Coach | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

There are so many online services, platforms, applications and tools, it can be difficult to wade through it all. So I’ve updated an older list of productivity tools for the coming year. These are some of the best tools I use or found through research and recommendations.


Tools that help us become more efficient, organized and productive are important. That way we can accomplish more and stop work at noon every day, right?

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I. Information Literacy Quiz | November Learning

I. Information Literacy Quiz | November Learning | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
How much do you know about information literacy?

 

This simple quiz is a good way to check your current understanding of information literacy.  Includes an answer key! 

 

Alan November has been involved with information fluency for a long time!


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Online Self Paced Learning: Information Investigator 3.1

Self-paced Information Fluency Tutorials and Assessment...


This is a Preszi Overview of Information Investigator 3.1  as self-paced online training in digital information evaluation that helps middle and high school students improve their critical thinking skills.  


For more information about this scalable online program click here!

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SOPA: The End of the Internet as We Know it

SOPA: The End of the Internet as We Know it | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Anytime Congress starts working to 'regulate' the Internet I get worried.  This bill takes a big bite out of the First Amendment.  Why is it that the Bill of Rights isn't more of an issue in this debate?  Could it be that congress is only listening to the big copyright combines?  "I'm shocked!" ~ Dennis


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Last week, the House Judiciary Committee held a markup on H.R.3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act or “SOPA,” a bill to address the problems of online copyright and trademark infringement. The controversial nature of the legislation is reflected by the fact that Members offered more than 55 amendments to the legislation, and the markup could not be completed as scheduled. The Committee has announced that the markup will resume on December 21.

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