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Designing Assignments for Developing Information Literacy Skills - Drew University Library - U-KNOW

From the Drew University library: What is Information Literacy? What characterizes successful assignments for developing IL skills? What questions should be asked when designing assignments? Plus, 25 suggested assignments. 

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danah boyd | apophenia » The Power of Youth: How Invisible Children Orchestrated Kony 2012

danah boyd | apophenia » The Power of Youth: How Invisible Children Orchestrated Kony 2012 | Teaching & Learning in the Digital Age | Scoop.it
boyd writes, "To many people unfamiliar with Invisible Children, the Kony 2012 campaign looked like a brilliant example of 'viral' media spread." But was it? This blog post is important reading for educators concerned with so-called 'information literacy'. How do we teach the kinds of nuanced reading and thinking that would be necessary for our students to write a blog post like boyd's?
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Michael Shermer: Baloney Detection Kit

The first video from RDF TV! With a sea of information coming at us from all directions, how do we sift out the misinformation and bogus claims, and get to the truth? Michael Shermer of Skeptic Magazine lays out a "Baloney Detection Kit," ten questions we should ask when encountering a claim.

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Teaching With Infographics | Language Arts, Fine Arts and Entertainment

Teaching With Infographics | Language Arts, Fine Arts and Entertainment | Teaching & Learning in the Digital Age | Scoop.it
Charts, graphs, interactive maps and other visualizations that can help students understand key issues and topics in ELA/ELL, arts and entertainment, travel and sports.
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Can images stop data overload?

Can images stop data overload? | Teaching & Learning in the Digital Age | Scoop.it

I use mindmaps with my students so they can literally see the information they read in the texts in a visual, connected, lateral form. "In a lab in Sussex a group of people have had their brainwaves scanned while completing a series of tasks, individually and in groups, to see if data visualisation - presenting information visually, in this case a series of mind maps - can help.

The results showed that when tasks were presented visually rather than using traditional text-based software applications, individuals used around 20% less cognitive resources. In other words, their brains were working a lot less hard.

As a result, they performed more efficiently, and could remember more of the information when asked later. Working in groups, they used 10% less mental resources."


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SwiftRiver Throws a Lifeline to People Drowning in Information – The Ushahidi Blog

SwiftRiver Throws a Lifeline to People Drowning in Information – The Ushahidi Blog | Teaching & Learning in the Digital Age | Scoop.it

"There’s a problem that constantly plagues us in this day of information overload, and that is the ability to sift the stream of incoming information into the bits that are valuable from those that aren’t. It’s a tough issue that we’ve been working on at Ushahidi, and re-working, a solution on for a while now. Our solution is called SwiftRiver.

 

"SwiftRiver is a free and open source intelligence platform that helps people curate and make sense of large amounts of information in a short amount of time. In practice, SwiftRiver enables the filtering and verification of real-time data from channels such as SMS, Email, Twitter and RSS feeds."


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Visual Literacy and Teaching Strategies

This presentation discusses visual literacy, nonlinguistic representations, and infographics and shares strategies for helping students becoming proficient in i...

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Taming Information Chaos with the Power of 2.0

Web 2.0 provides ways to filter, streamline, organise, share, distribute or gather information from the burgeoning information jungle.
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