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21CIF: Locate, Evaluate and Ethically use Digital information: Co Curators: Dennis O'Connor & Carl Heine
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EasyBib Compares Two Years of Information Literacy Data

EasyBib Compares Two Years of Information Literacy Data | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Students’ confidence radically mismatches librarians’ assessment of their skills, two reports from EasyBib conclude, particularly in website evaluation, paraphrasing, and direct quotation. Also, students are using the open web less often they were two years ago, and dramatically more librarians are stressing the role of faculty in promoting information literacy. The first report, Trends in Information Literacy: A Comparative View, was published in May 2014; the second, Perspectives on Student Research Skills in K-12 and Academic Communities, came out the following October; taken together, the two reveal some thought-provoking data on information literacy across the country.
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As a classroom teacher I found teaching students how to paraphrase to be a very steep hill to climb.  Many never budged from the first steps on the learning curve. This graph helps us visualize the mis-match between student self assessment and the assessment of experts.  


To speak to this issue Dr. Carl Heine developed a challenging and highly effective online game that challenges misconceptions about paraphrase and plagiarism. To sample this no so simple tool The the Plagiarism Dropbox from 21CIF.com.

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Learning/ Web LiteracyStandard - MozillaWiki

Learning/ Web LiteracyStandard - MozillaWiki | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Currently, this first draft version of the Web Literacy standard comprises the competency-level grid and descriptors. Further iterations will include more granular levels of detail at the 'skill' level as well as at the meta-level 'literacies' level.

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Mozilla is working on something close to our heart: learning objectives and dispositions for web literacy. 

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Buffy Hamilton: Libraries as ‘Sponsors of Literacies’: Diving Deep to Expose Narratives & Metanarratives | DMLcentral

Buffy Hamilton: Libraries as ‘Sponsors of Literacies’: Diving Deep to Expose Narratives & Metanarratives | DMLcentral | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

By exploring “who or what underwrites occasions of literacy learning and use” (Brandt, The Sponsors of Literacy 2), librarians are much better positioned to better understand and contextualize these three key issues identified by Brandt (6):



1.  How the access, organization, and privileging of literacy opportunities are impacted by issues related to race, class, and gender.
2.  How literacy sponsors contribute to what Brandt defines as the literacy crisis:  the perceived gap between rising standards for achievement and people’s ability to meet them.
3.  How might sponsors of literacy interpret their ability to provide resources and opportunities that help people transform their uses of literacy that facilitate identity development, agency and social mobility?

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As always, Buffy Hamilton's research and thinking are provocative and informative.

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Study Claims iPad Helps Rise in Literacy for Kindergarteners | The Committed Sardine

Study Claims iPad Helps Rise in Literacy for Kindergarteners | The Committed Sardine | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

A study conducted in Auburn, Maine suggests that the iPad may be able to improve literacy rates among kindergarten students, notes The Loop. The Auburn School Department recently assigned iPads to half of the district's 16 kindergarten classes for a period of nine weeks. This translated into 129 students being taught with iPads, and 137 without; to gauge results, all of the students were tested before and after the trial.

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