"Geospatial literacy has gained considerable importance in the last decade. Students require considerable support in locating and using resources, including digital maps and aerial photographs that provide information on both natural phenomenon and human activity on the planet. Geospatial literacy is important, not only in science disciplines, but also in history, classics, sociology, and a growing list of other fields. Both information and geospatial literacy are essential for successful student learning."
"Most librarians are educators in one sense or another, even when the role is not explicit. The best teachers learn from others and learn by doing. This is a good rule for improving at virtually anything: Seeking inspiration and accepting criticism makes your work richer and more well rounded."
"The Teaching Innovation Progression Chart helps provide teachers with a structure for self-reflection and growth. It is designed to encourage conversation around 21st Century learning and assess progress to meet the goal of full integration of a 21st Century classroom."
i3 (Information: Interactions and Impact) 2013 will be held at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, UK on 25-28 June 2013. The conference "is concerned with the quality and effectiveness of the interaction between people and information and how this interaction can bring about change." They particularly welcome papers which address two or more of the following conference themes: the quality and effectiveness of user/information interactions (e.g. information literacy)...
"An emerging class of online tools, including Pinterest, Scoop.it, EduClipper, and others, allows users to quickly and easily gather, organize, and share collections of online resources, particularly visual content. These applications make it easy to collect and post disparate bits of content, providing visual groupings at a glance that can reveal important patterns. In academic settings, they can facilitate more visual thinking and discussion among students while providing a means to share collections of online content."
Perhaps the biggest consideration when dealing with so-called ‘New’ Literacies is distinguishing them from one another, so what I want to consider in this post is the relationship between Digital literacies and Web literacies. Aren’t they just synonyms?
Digital Information Fluency (DIF) is the ability to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically. DIF involves knowing how digital information is different from print information; having the skills to use specialized tools for finding digital information; and developing the dispositions needed in the digital information environment. As teachers and librarians develop these skills and teach them to students, students will become better equipped to achieve their information needs.