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Teaching Information Fluency: How to Teach Students to Be Efficient, Ethical, and Critical Information Consumers [Carl Heine, Dennis O'Connor] on Amazon.com. *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers.
I'm very pleased to announce Teaching Information Fluency is almost ready for publication. Pre-Orders are being accepted now on Amazon. ~ Dennis
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I've been working on this book with Carl Heine for about a year. Carl has certainly carried most of the water on this effort. We tried to distill all we've learned from more than a decade of research and curriculum development with the 21st Century Information Fluency Project at http://21cif.com
(Learning hint of of the month: When Joyce Valenza talks, LISTEN!
It’s a changing world; how students learn trumps what they learn!Helping students acquire a wide variety of skills and dispositions utlimately prepares them for an uncertain future.
New from the 21st Century Information Fluency Project:
For a limited time, try the new Plagiarism Dropbox self-paced tutorials for free!
This is a flash based training experience:
This game is designed to give you online interactive training in identifying and eliminating plagiarism.
Dennis OConnor's List: 21cif.com Guided Tour: Evaluating Web 2.0 Resources - A guided tour of 21cif.com: A Diigo webslide show of web 2.0 evaluation guides, lessons, and online games created the the 21st Century Information Project.
The Internet has made researching subjects deceptively effortless for students — or so it may seem to them at first. Truth is, students who haven’t been taught the skills to conduct good research will invariably come up short.
I will be presenting along with Dr. Carl Heine of IMSA on Monday, 6/25/2012, 11:00am–12:00pm, SDCC 2. If you are attending ISTE 2012, please join us! ~ Dennis
This session demonstrates effective information fluency instruction using free modules from 21st Century Information Fluency (http://21cif.com). The focus is on areas of critical weakness: searching for the "right" database, evaluating the credibility of information using information about authorship, date and external references.
Session Reference: http://www.isteconference.org/2012/program/search_results_details.php?sessionid=69980771&selection_id=77084509&rownumber=9&max=24&gopage=
Robin Good: News and content curators are always hungry for RSS feeds, as these are the best vehicle to receive any change-update from a web site without needing to go out and check. But not always, web public services that let users generate content, are open and happy to let you grab a RSS feed.
Case in point Pinterest.
While the service provides a RSS feed for any user that includes all of the updates and posts he has made, these are all uncategorized and mixed together, regardless of which board they were collected in.
"To generate this RSS simply click on the user’s profile and select the RSS icon on the left of the page. Another way to do this is to add feed.rss to the end of the user’s profile; for example, if you want to see the latest pins by Felicia Day your RSS URL would look like this http://pinterest.com/feliciaday/feed.rss."
To get instead the RSS feed for a specific board, here is what you need to do:
"...first open the board (e.g. Felicia Day’s Geekin Board), then, remove the last “/” from the URL and add .rss – your end URL will look like http://pinterest.com/feliciaday/geekin.rss
The RSS feed will show you the last 20 or so pins created in that board rather than the full contents."
Full article: http://sociable.co/social-media/how-to-generate-rss-feeds-for-a-pinterest-user-and-specific-pinterest-boards/
Chrome Multitask Mode lets you browse the web with multiple mice at the same time, so you can get more done, clickety-split.
There are several common public safety and law enforcement applications of social media — dissemination of public information, employee recruitment/background checking of prospective candidates, crime investigations, and intelligence gathering, to name a few. Increasingly, however, public safety organizations are utilizing publicly available social data for investigative and forensic purposes.
By Kelly Meeker
...the magic of the curator: Putting in the work to find the content that matters and assembling objects, ideas, and media into an experience that is meaningful to the consumer. And it's not just art, wine, and books that need a good curator—information does as well.
Carol Collier Kuhlthau (2010) Guided Inquiry: School Libraries in the 21st Century, School Libraries Worldwide, January 2010, Volume 16, Number 1, 17-28 The 21st century calls for new skills,...
Link to full text research paper.
Locate, evaluate and ethically use digital information = Information Fluency.
Love this! This is a great tool to share with ignorant teachers who are only 1 step ahead of their students. As NYS rolls-out the research initiative, this will help us triage poor online habits. And...if a student uses databases, it makes this a little easier.
This would be an excellent poster for a school library
This is great! I wish I could get it as a poster.
Howard Rheingold is truly a digital elder, and I mean that in the most respectful, old-school way. All of the fetishizing of the “digital native” can distract us from the wisdom of those who experienced and shaped the birth of internet culture, and Rheingold was right there, in time and in space. His new TED Book, Mind Amplifier: Can Our Digital Tools Make Us Smarter? traces the history of mental augmentation in its social, cognitive and technological forms.
"False information can cost lives. But no information can also cost lives, especially in a crisis zone. Indeed, information is perishable so the potential value of information must be weighed against the urgency of the situation. Correct information that arrives too late is useless. Crowdsourced information can provide rapid situational awareness, especially when added to a live crisis map. But information in the social media space may not be reliable or immediately verifiable. This may explain why humanitarian (and news) organizations are often reluctant to leverage crowdsourced crisis maps. Many believe that verifying crowdsourced information is either too challenging or impossible.The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that concrete strategies do exist for the verification of geo-referenced crowdsourced social media information.The study first provides a brief introduction to crisis mapping and argues that crowdsourcing is simply non-probability sampling.Next, five case studies comprising various efforts to verify social media are analyzed to demonstrate how different verification strategies work."
Digital Stress and Your Brain #infographic...
Full Circle Resource Kits are used by thousands of teachers, librarians and technology coordinators to train today's students in critical 21st Century research skills.
Each Kit is packed with articles, curriculum, learning games and assessment tools for strengthening information fluency. Applications include staff development, library orientation, diagnosing students' needs and curriculum integration for elementary grades through college. Kit resources are free.
Libraries are increasingly getting hip to using Twitter as a tool, with many offering the service as a point of contact with librarians. But Twitter is an excellent tool for librarian learning as well, offering lots of great opportunities for discussion. Many Twitter chats exist for the literary and library world, and we’ve discovered 20 of the absolute best for librarians to check out.
If sleep is essential to processing information we receive during the day, we probably need to make sure we have sufficient media-free downtime during our waking hours in order to effectively assimilate today's massive incoming infostreams. -- Howard
"In the midst of this multimedia blitzkrieg, the importance of mindfulness and focused attention is rising. If we can't cultivate mindfulness and focused attention while sitting quietly in a room, then how can we expect to bring these qualities of mind into turbulent circumstances -- both on and offline?
FRACTURED ATTENTION, FRACTURED MINDThe average American consumes 34 gigabytes of content and 100,000 words every single day, according to the 2008 report from UC San Diego. To put these numbers in perspective, one gigabyte is a symphony in high-fidelity sound or a broadcast quality movie."
OK, we admit it may not always be obvious, but KurzweilAI does not make up its news items. Really. Well ... except this time.
The Xconomy team posed this question to their network [read: an older audience], reaching out to the people they knew “it would resonate well with.” And while we’ll include some of the answers they received, we decided to reach out to our own network and ask the question ourselves, curious as to whether a younger audience — whether they be fresh out of college, going for their MBA, or newly into their thirties, still trying to figure things out — would have something different to say.
Why teach search?
Google understands the importance of finding the right information at the right time. We create tools to let you find the information you need, of the kind you need, when you need it. In most cases, a simple search works really well. But for more specialized questions, a bit of instruction in how to search improves all searcher--from middle school students to trained professionals--and lets you discover and use more, higher quality sources than ever before.
Eight Critical Skills for the Future
Equally as important as the social systems, we currently have very few rules for how to live our lives in a fully immersive world where explosive amounts of information are flowing to us and around us on a second by second basis.
Since each of us interacts with this information differently, it is up to us to master the “new rules of engagement.”
With that in mind, here are eight skills I see as being critically important in our future: