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21CIF: Locate, Evaluate and Ethically use Digital information: Co Curators: Dennis O'Connor & Carl Heine
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Scam Alert: "My Predicament (I need your help)"

Scam Alert: "My Predicament (I need your help)" | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
First thing Saturday morning I was confronted with an appeal sent from my daughter-in-law's gmail account. Here is the full text of the message entitled "My predicament (I need your help):"
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Scam Alert:  This kind of email is used to steal from your friends. Once they hack your email account they go after your gullible friends.  Here's some common sense ways to inoculate yourself and your friends.

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Internet Search Challenge

Internet Search Challenge | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

By Dr. Carl Heine:


"A group of frustrated students prompted a teacher to write: I have struggled mightily to find a Publisher for Wingsupply.com.  Nothing I can find is accepted as the correct answer by the website.  My students are very frustrated as well.  Please advise how to find this information and also where to go for an answer key.

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A teacher and her class  working on the Who Owns It? interactive website evaluation game from 21CIF.com, hit the wall and reached out. Carl Heine's response is a superb example of seizing the teachable moment. 

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Welcome to WebCHECK!

Welcome to WebCHECK! | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Welcome! The Center for Digital Literacy at Syracuse University is pleased to present WebCHECK: The Website Evaluation Instrument (aka WebCHECK), funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services SPARKS! Ignition Grant. WebCHECK is a series of instruments that were designed for educators, Web designers and students to assess Web sites they use for assignments and projects. There are several instruments that can be used by K-12 students as well as WebCHECK Professional for educators and Web designers. WebCHECK Facilitator is designed for K-12 educators and administrators and higher education faculty to use when assigning a single Web site to be evaluated by groups or classes of students or by educators in a professional development workshop.

 

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Four Helpful Web Search Strategy Tutorials

Four Helpful Web Search Strategy Tutorials | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

"Vaughn Memorial Library at Acadia University hosts four free animated tutorials designed to teach lessons on web research strategies. The four tutorials are Credible Sources Count, Research It Right, Searching With Success, and You Quote It, You Note It."


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Dean Mantz's curator insight, September 22, 2013 8:29 PM

This is a helpful share from Richard Byrne's site Free Tech 4 Teachers.  I encourage all educators to add this resource site to aid in the development/strenthening of student searching skills. 

Sue Alexander's curator insight, September 23, 2013 9:28 AM

just can't have too many tools in our 1:1 toolbox. These are aimed at intermediate and middle grades. Thanks Beth for another helpful Scoop!

Lynne Kemmer's comment, September 25, 2013 2:55 PM
Excellent!!
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Common Core: Evaluating The Credibility of Digital Sources

Common Core: Evaluating The Credibility of Digital Sources | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Students today are hyper connected to information, but do they know how to research? Nope.

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Jaime Parker's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:22 PM

I have a friend who teaches English courses at the college level and this is her biggest complaint. She says that the students simply do not know how to research. They don't know how to use databases or how to evaluate websites which seems so crazy to me. I'm not sure why these skills aren't being taught or integrated into every content area. Perhaps too much time is being spent preparing students for standardized testing.

 

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, July 10, 2013 7:07 PM

What to expect when librarians are being cut everywhere or stretched so thin to covel 4 schools in one week?

 

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, July 25, 2013 1:26 PM

Useful form for evaluating websites.

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NoodleTools : Show Me Information Literacy Modules

NoodleTools : Show Me Information Literacy Modules | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

"NoodleTools has created easy to use modules for the classroom and home.

Use a Show Me© module to enhance your teaching and guide students in information evaluation. What constitutes credible information? How does source type contribute to relevance, authority and point-of-view? How do I evaluate and cite born-digital images and online sources? All modules incorporate common core concepts."


Via Beth Dichter
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Debbie Abilock's NoodleTools-- Great work from a seasoned veteran!

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Maria Persson's comment, June 12, 2013 11:35 PM
I cannot believe what a brilliant resource this is to aid the learning of students at so many levels! I am very grateful that even the free version is useful. Wish I could afford the full version!
Maria Persson's curator insight, June 12, 2013 11:38 PM

Absolute must resource if you think teaching our students about academic integrity is important - espcially in the wake of the tsunami of information that we are experiencing!  Thanks again Joy Rosario.

Jenna Quarelli-Buck's comment, July 5, 2013 3:02 PM
Fantastic resource!
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Turnitin - What's Wrong with Wikipedia?

Turnitin - What's Wrong with Wikipedia? | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Educators are well aware of the shortcomings of relying on crowd-sourced content for authoritative information, yet the fact that Wikipedia continues to reign supreme as a top match in Turnitin suggests that students don't see things the same way. In short, what constitutes "research" for students today has come to mean "Googling."

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This page includes an archive to a webcast on this topic.

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 28, 2013 10:32 PM

Gaining access to turnitin's resources is a little clunky but worth it. The webinar is 30 minutes long and worth the time. The related SEER resource is also good.

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Teacher's Guide to Information Crap Detection | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher's Guide to Information Crap Detection | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Information overload, information crap,information pollution...are some of the words that are being used now to describe the tsunami of irrelevant information we are bombarded with day and night.In  December 2009, Google began customizing its search results for all users, and we entered a new era of personalization. With little notice or fanfare, our online experience is changing, as the websites we visit are increasingly tailoring themselves to us.Everywhere you turn you find information that seems relevant to you but in fact is nothing but crap. This is probably why Eli Pariser recommended what he called Information Bubble.

 

Howard Rheingold is another guy who has done a lot of writings on Information Crap. I have already reviewed his awesome book Net Smart: How to Thrive Online in an article posted last year. Today I am sharirng with you some of the great resources I learned from Howard himself about how to detect crap information and the literacies we need to develop and teach to our students to make them better internet users. Check out the links below and share with us what you think of them. Enjoy

 

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Katy Vance's curator insight, February 27, 2013 12:47 PM

This is excellent, particularly #1 and #5, the Howard Rheingold resources.

G Andrew Page's curator insight, March 9, 2013 6:52 PM

Evaluating credible resources effectively is a key skill!

Alison Hewett's curator insight, April 6, 2013 6:34 PM

Information crap detection - Love it!

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Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit

Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
2 Oct 11: Carl Sagan's books, including this one, are now available as ebooks from - but only for residents of the USA :(...


The following are suggested as tools for testing arguments and detecting fallacious or fraudulent arguments:

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Teachers Easy Guide on How to Evaluate Web content for Classroom Inclusion

Teachers Easy Guide on How to Evaluate Web content for Classroom Inclusion | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Great tips on how to evaluate websites: As our students grow dependant on Internet being a primary source for their information, it becomes of urgent necessity that we, as teachers and educators, should know how to evaluate web content and decipher credible resources from spam and irrelevant ones.

 


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8 must-reads detail how to verify information in real-time, from social media, users | Poynter.

8 must-reads detail how to verify information in real-time, from social media, users | Poynter. | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Over the past couple of years, I’ve been trying to collect every good piece of writing and advice about verifying social media content and other types of information that flow across networks.


This form of verification involves some new tools and techniques, and requires a basic understanding of the way networks operate and how people use them. It also requires many of the so-called old school values and techniques that have been around for a while: being skeptical, asking questions, tracking down high quality sources, exercising restraint, collaborating and communicating with team members.
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From Credibility to Information Quality | Youth and Media

From Credibility to Information Quality | Youth and Media | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University released a new report from the Youth and Media project: “Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality". The authors reviewed literature at the intersection of digital media, youth and information quality - primarily works from library and information science, sociology, education and selected ethnographic studies. The top four findings:

1. Search shapes the quality of information that youth experience online.

2. Youth use cues and heuristics to evaluate quality, esp. visual and interactive elements.

3. Content creation and dissemination foster digital fluencies that can feed back into search and evaluation behaviors. 

4. Information skills acquired through personal and social activities can benefit learning in a social context. 

You may access the complete report at this website, as well as the infographic and a one page summary and an executive summary. 


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Internet Search Challenge: Ann Margret Death Hoax

Internet Search Challenge: Ann Margret Death Hoax | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
While this hoax is still making its way around the blogosphere, there are a couple good investigative tips to point out.
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Two Tips from Carl Heine that anyone can use to prevent the embarrassment of passing along false information.

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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently as

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Deborah Rinio's curator insight, April 9, 2014 11:28 AM

Evaluating information is a critical life skill. Without sufficient practice, our students will not internalize this skill, and will not remember it from lesson to lesson. Talk to you librarian today about integrating the process of evaluating information into your research projects and lesson plans today!

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 9, 2014 1:18 PM

Interesting article showing what school  librarians teach every day, if they get the chance...

liz deskins's curator insight, April 29, 2014 9:09 AM

Something m ost librarians already do; but good to remind us about it!

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snopes.com: 25 Hottest Urban Legends

snopes.com: 25 Hottest Urban Legends | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
A list of the most frequently-performed searches on snopes.com


This page compiles the 25 urban legends currently circulating most widely, as determined by frequency of access, user searches, reader e-mail, and media coverage. 

If you'd like to receive automatic notification of additions to this site, please sign up for our update mailing list. We send out update mailings every week. 
Read more at http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp#jKULRTK87Yw4WjZ8.99

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11 Hilarious Hoax Sites to Test Website Evaluation

11 Hilarious Hoax Sites to Test Website Evaluation | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
In this day and age, where anyone with access to the internet can create a website, it is critical that we as educators teach our students how to evaluate web content. There are some great resource...
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I love this kind of assignment.  Practice evaluation skills by working out on hoax sites.


For on demand training in evaluation skills see: http://21cif.com/rkit/newRkit/evaluation.html

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 21, 2013 12:02 AM
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I love this kind of assignment.  Practice evaluation skills by working out on hoax sites.


For on demand training in evaluation skills see: http://21cif.com/rkit/newRkit/evaluation.html

Lynn Dixon's curator insight, September 30, 2013 5:18 PM

funny learning.

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The Keyword Blog: Full Preview: Information Investigator 5.0

The Keyword Blog: Full Preview: Information Investigator 5.0 | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

This self-guided course is designed for students in middle school through college and profession development for teachers and librarians. The three-hour experience includes pre- and post- performance assessments and interactive tutorial challenges.

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We've been working on our self-paced tutorial / assessments for information fluency for five years.  Interested in a Challenging Exeperience?  


Give it a try:  Free access to the FULL course. 

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Website Evaluation | Common Craft

Website Evaluation | Common Craft | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

This video walks through the basics of evaluating a website to find quality information. It encourages viewers to evaluate websites in the way an editor would review an article.  By thinking like an editor, we can be our own gatekeeper and learn to find the most trustworthy information. It teaches:

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As always Common Craft provides clever concept clarification videos that explain tech tools and processes.  In thie case the basics of web evaluation are not just a video away. Check it out! 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 11, 2013 3:44 PM

Lee Lever of Common Craft asks the viewer of this video to become an editor and evaluate the quality of the websites they visit.  


Change editor to curator and you have the basics of Content Curation. These skills are the foundation for working with Scoop.it or any other curation platform.  


Endorse quality resources.

Be the gatekeeper for your topics.

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 12, 2013 2:18 PM

This meets some of the new Common Core standards.

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Turnitin Launches Teaching Tool to Evaluate Online Sources -- THE Journal

Turnitin Launches Teaching Tool to Evaluate Online Sources -- THE Journal | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

By Sharleen Nelson''

 

"Turnitin has released Source Educational Evaluation Rubric (SEER), an evaluation tool designed to help writing students determine the academic quality of the Internet sources cited in their research papers.

 

"Available for instructors to download from the Turnitin Web site, the rubric identifies and provides ratings for more than 300 sources based on authority, educational value, intent, originality, and quality."


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Given all the time I"ve put into evaluating online resources, I'd like to know more about this product!

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Turnitin Releases Website Evaluation Rubric to Analyze and Grade Sources in Student Papers

Turnitin Releases Website Evaluation Rubric to Analyze and Grade Sources in Student Papers | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Turnitin, the global leader in originality checking and online grading, today announced a website evaluation rubric to teach students how to analyze and grade the academic quality of the Internet sources used in their writing.
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Maggie Iovannella's curator insight, January 31, 2013 4:10 PM

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, February 1, 2013 6:57 AM

Another opportunity to support digital citizenship.  Use in teaching & assessment.

Angie Mc's curator insight, February 6, 2013 2:23 PM

Practical help for students to improve critical thinking and decision making.

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Cut-and-paste generation takes on suspect websites

Cut-and-paste generation takes on suspect websites | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Cut-and-paste generation takes on suspect websites...
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Ngozi Angeline Godwell's comment, November 4, 2012 12:54 AM
''The '.org' websites are the ones that trick them most. Years ago we were taught that these were just organisations putting out information but if you look now lots of them show a particularly strong bias.''
John Evans's comment, November 4, 2012 12:08 PM
I've collected some more of these sites here: http://joevans.pbworks.com/w/page/12725920/Web%20Search%20and%20Verification
Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, November 6, 2012 7:02 AM
Thanks John your list is really useful!
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Evaluating Online Information - College@Home

Evaluating Online Information - College@Home | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

It seems obvious, but college students (and everybody else) need to spend some time looking at how they evaluate the information they find online -- or which is sent to them. This is not detailed, but it's reasonable, with some good resources. -- Howard

 

"With the exponential growth of the world wide web, students need a more critical eye to sift through the bulk of information available online. While the Internet speeds up access to information, it also paves to the publication of anything, by anyone anywhere. Gone are the days when articles must be critiqued and evaluated before publication. Today, scholarly articles are not just buried in the bounty files of information. Their unscholarly counterparts also outnumber them. This reality reinforces the importance of critically evaluating online information. College students should learn the art of evaluating web-based information to make the most of them."

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Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything: Critical Evaluation

Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything: Critical Evaluation | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Critical evaluation forms and information...
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Towards a Framework for Visual Literacy Learning - David Jakes

Towards a Framework for Visual Literacy Learning - David Jakes | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

This slideshow provides a definition for visual literacy and also a pdf of text that may be used to accompany the slides. Jakes definition for visual literacy: "composed of three discrete skills: navigating, evaluating, and communicating (create and mashup) in the context of visual imagery. A slideshow with many resources.

 


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