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Learning to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically.
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What do your stakeholders know about school library programs?


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 27, 6:28 PM

Even though there is substantial evidence about the significant benefits of school libraries it is often ignored and dismissed.

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How Freshman Conduct Research Once they enter College


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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, December 19, 2013 7:31 AM
Important TL reading! What about non-novice freshmen?
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#MyZeitgeist: 2013 Student Challenge |

#MyZeitgeist: 2013 Student Challenge | | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

To look back at every triumph, tragedy and trend, Google creates an annual Zeitgeist, a summary of the biggest events of the year as seen through the eyes of the search engine. This year, NewsHour Extra partnered with Google to offer you, the student, the opportunity to create your own Zeitgeist by compiling the events that have made the biggest impact on your own life using the storytelling tool Meograph.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 9, 2013 12:37 PM

Here's a terrific way to promote 21st Century research and publication skills. 

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Jonathan Stray » The editorial search engine

Jonathan Stray » The editorial search engine | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

It’s impossible to build a computer system that helps people find or filter information without at some point making editorial judgements. That’s because search and collaborative filtering algorithms embody human judgement about what is important to know. I’ve been pointing this out for years, and it seems particularly relevant to the journalism profession today as it grapples with the digital medium. It’s this observation which is the bridge between the front page and the search results page, and it suggests a new generation of digital news products that are far more useful than just online translations of a newspaper.

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Thoughts on journalism, research, learning and curation...

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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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Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study


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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, October 16, 2013 2:17 AM

A research paper by Zhong, Shah, Sundaravadivelan and Sastry, King's college London, 2013

AnneMarie Cunningham's curator insight, October 17, 2013 8:28 AM

See the excellent notes from Robin Good below. Interesting to see more work emerging in this field.

John Thomas's curator insight, February 9, 10:20 AM

Content Curation: Understanding the Why and How - a Research Study 

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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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What the Library of Congress Has for Teachers: Primary Sources and Tools and Techniques to Use Them | Teaching with the Library of Congress

What the Library of Congress Has for Teachers: Primary Sources and Tools and Techniques to Use Them | Teaching with the Library of Congress | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Primary sources are more important to teachers than ever before, and the Library of Congress makes it easy not only to find great primary sources, but also to quickly and effectively use them in your teaching.

The Library is one of the world’s largest sources of free primary sources, with more than 30 million items available via easy searching at www.loc.gov. U.S. history, English and language arts, science, world history and cultures–there are primary sources for almost every discipline.

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Sheila Fredericks's curator insight, August 25, 2013 10:56 AM

LOC is a great resource!

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, August 25, 2013 6:26 PM

boas ideias

LundTechIntegration's curator insight, August 26, 2013 11:15 AM

Primary sources are so important for CCSS.

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Two Video Guides to Website Evaluation

Two Video Guides to Website Evaluation | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

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Lourense Das's curator insight, July 28, 2013 7:13 AM

Two interesting videos on website evaluation from www.freetech4teachers.com

Dean Mantz's curator insight, July 29, 2013 12:33 AM

I would like to add to Beth Dicther's share, via Richard Byrne's Free Technology 4 Teachers, that website evaluation skills should be a necessity for any student and educator regardless of online or face-to-face. 

josé krijnsen's curator insight, December 4, 2013 1:57 PM

website evaluation

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Twitter for Researchers

Part of the Becoming a Networked Researcher workshops I run at the University of York.

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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, June 22, 2013 7:01 AM

An interesting presentation on using Twitter as a 'networked researcher'. 

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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Many educators are explicitly teaching such skills as how to evaluate a website's credibility, how to use precise keywords, and how to better mine search engines.

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, June 12, 2013 12:09 AM

Good article to share with your teachers who are looking to improve student research skills to meet standards.

Maria Persson's comment, June 17, 2013 11:00 PM
If this happens in the early years of learning it will not be such an issue at the tertiary level where plagiarism is still a real problem!
Maria Persson's curator insight, June 17, 2013 11:07 PM

A number of great points that are both practical and theoritical in terms of how to assist students' understanding of digital literacy skills, preparing them for the future, increasing their understanding of what the future might bring! 

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Social Media For Research

Presentation slides for my webinar on the 11 May (2013) to students from an Online Course in Research methodology for PhD scholars at the Shreemati Nathibai Dam

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Judith's curator insight, May 17, 2013 8:37 AM

This is a great resource for anyone looking to get their research out there. Some great links and tools are provided. Thanks to Zaid Ali Alsagoff for the presentation and to Anna Waits for scooping!

Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, May 18, 2013 5:50 AM

A great presentation. 

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Have Your Teachers Banned Wikipedia? They Must Not Know About This.

Have Your Teachers Banned Wikipedia? They Must Not Know About This. | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Wikipedia's most common sources of information are news outlets, books, and academic archives. So if your teacher has banned Wikipedia, just follow Wikipedia's trail of sources to get to the good stuff. Oh, and don't tell them we sent you.
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Wikipedia is a solid way to begin a search on many topics IF you follow the backtrail to the sources listed in the article. 

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Deborah Owen's curator insight, May 7, 2013 8:12 AM

Hmmm... Worth knowing about. Still can't cite it, but a good place to start for background info.

Sarah Rach-Sovich's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:06 AM

A great starting point - track it back to see where it might have come from.

Lorena Swetnam's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:43 AM

Teach students and teachers how Wikipedia can be a starting point in the research process, not the final destination. 

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Scaffolding the Research Process

Presentation from Internet Librarian West on strategies for supporting students in the library research process; based on Carol Kuhlthau's model

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 12, 3:57 PM

This is an important skill for students to learn. This slides how is a great step-by-step approach to teaching it.

Lourense Das's curator insight, January 13, 1:11 PM

PPT on the internet and the research process: all the basics and more

Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 3:06 PM

Presentation relating to the research process

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Google Docs & Research: How-To?

Google Docs & Research: How-To? | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

When students are doing research, they sometimes struggle with citing their sources or moving beyond a quick search with Google.com. The Google Docs Research Pane helps to facilitate searching for and citing sources. By going to Tools –> Research, the Research Pane pops up on the right hand side! You can search Google, images, scholar, quotes, and dictionary! By dragging and dropping certain content (e.g. images), not only will the material appear, but a footnote (in MLA, Chicago, or APA format).

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 17, 2013 6:26 AM

Great one.

Colleen Adam's curator insight, December 17, 2013 3:25 PM

Great tips for how to integrate use of GoogleDocs into research activites to help support ethical use of information.

Aunty Alice's curator insight, December 30, 2013 6:08 PM

What a big help in saving time and achieving accuracy. 

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Information Literacy and Engaging the 21st Century Learner -- 3rd edition

Digital literacy, research skills, and other information literacy skills are essential for today's learners. This video explains why these literacies are ess...

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Game Based Learning for Information Literacy Instruction. - University of Huddersfield Repository

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Walsh, Andrew (2013) Game Based Learning for Information Literacy Instruction. In: European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL), 22 to 25 October 2013, Istanbul, Turkey. (Unpublished)

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, October 26, 2013 10:49 AM

I have a set of SEEK!  and my 6th form students love it. I have yet to test Source but hope it has the same Reaction. 

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School Library Impact Studies | Keith Curry Lance

School Library Impact Studies | Keith Curry Lance | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Keith’s latest research on the impact of school libraries and librarians is being pursued on several fronts: a major, federally-funded, statewide study in Pennsylvania; and a Colorado replication of a national study that documents the impact of the Great Recession and its aftermath on school library staffing and thereby on students’ reading scores. - See more at: http://keithcurrylance.com/school-library-impact-studies/#sthash.XODVRigp.dpuf
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Keith has produced the definitive research on the effectiveness of libraries. 

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Launch of Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended and Online Learning

Launch of Research Clearinghouse for K-12 Blended and Online Learning | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Available at k12onlineresearch.org, the Clearinghouse already houses over 450 references to important research and publications in the field of K-12 blended and online learning. Some references came from the previous work of the Virtual School Clearinghouse, a website initially sponsored by the BellSouth Foundation and later by the AT&T foundation and directed by Dr. Rick Ferdig. Other references have been identified by MVLRI, iNACOL or other project contributors such as the Center for Online Learning and Students with Disabilities. Many, but not all, of the resources have links to full versions of the publications. -


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 21, 2013 2:04 PM

Here's a direct link to the research database: http://k12onlineresearch.org/rmwp?&func=advSearch

Lynn Dixon's curator insight, September 30, 2013 3:08 PM

interesting resource, great collaboration!

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SearchReSearch: When you want to understand an obscure part.... search for a diagram

SearchReSearch: When you want to understand an obscure part.... search for a diagram | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

"Search lesson:  Using the [ diagram ] trick is a great way to see how parts of a larger whole fit into place in context.  This is useful for bicycle parts-- [ bicycle derailleur diagram ], ships [ clipper ship sails diagram ], as well as plants [ plant ovary diagram ]"


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Mary Clark's curator insight, August 30, 2013 12:13 PM

A great tip to share with students!

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Key Data on Kid Reading | Scholastic.com

Key Data on Kid Reading  | Scholastic.com | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Surprising new findings from Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading Report.

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Christine Carlson's curator insight, August 9, 2013 1:43 PM

For a good overview of parents attitudes and children's reading habits.

Paige Jaeger 's curator insight, August 30, 2013 8:33 AM

Interesting read

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Fifty Ways to Leave Your Term Paper/Book Report & Tell Your Story — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Fifty Ways to Leave Your Term Paper/Book Report & Tell Your Story — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Although we believe that students need to develop the skills necessary to prepare a thoughtful, well-written, inquiry-driven research paper, our students have many other engaging product options. They can acquire subject knowledge and develop transferable information literacy and technology skills through a variety of creative activities. The following is a list of some alternative assessments for your class. For any research product or response to literature, consider how we might offer video, digital storytelling and publishing, art, drama, or presentation as an option for students to creatively communicate/share/publish/broadcast the knowledge they have gained. 

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Google Docs Research Template - A Stepping Stone

Google Docs Research Template - A Stepping Stone | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Earlier this year I designed a template to introduce teachers to the usefulness of using Google Presentation as a tool for research. The purpose of the template is for use as a starting point to help teachers plan and implement technology driven learning experiences that are fueled by Essential Questions and aligned to Common Core Standards.


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nihal abitiu's curator insight, June 17, 2013 6:06 AM

très intéressant pour les enseigants.

Tim Brook's curator insight, June 17, 2013 10:13 AM

...and did you know that in Chrome images can be added from a search page by dragging them to the presentation's tab and dropping them on the slide when it opens - superspeedy

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, June 19, 2013 7:29 AM

I tried the link to get a copy of the Google Presentation Research Template that is in this blog post. It was not found. I sent Susan a message so hopefully she will get the link corrected. 

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Rutgers Beginner's Guide to Research

Rutgers Beginner's Guide to Research | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

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A solid look at research from Rutgers.

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Anita Vance's curator insight, May 30, 2013 9:54 AM

a visual aid - helpful for upper grades, or as a tutorial.  Any way we can help with examining a topic and planning the search is appreciated.

Peg Becksvoort's curator insight, May 30, 2013 5:29 PM

Look at this from the POV of when and how you will teach research skills. Students need consistent requirements for excellence and accountability.

josé krijnsen's curator insight, June 6, 2013 3:49 AM

a great tool to teach your students how to research

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scrible Student Edition

scrible Student Edition | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
scrible is launching a brand new Student Edition with new features and perks for any student with a ".edu" email address.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 9, 2013 2:17 PM

The power research features of this online social bookmarking system make me sit up and take notice: 


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