Librarians Teaching Information Literacy
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IMatrix - Inquiry-Based Instructon for teachers from INFOhio. INFOhio's IMatrix system will help you understand inquiry and offer you a variety of materials for classroom instruction... and everything is directly tied to your standards.

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Inquiry Steps:

1-Questioning

2-Locating Information

3-Evaluating Information

4-Applying Information

5-Sharing Knowledge

6-Reflecting

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Curriki - Information & Media Literacy Resources

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Open source resources for teaching information literacy skills: Evaluating Sources, Media Ethics, Online Safety, and Research Methods.

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Route 21 - Information Literacy Resources

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills is pleased to offer Route 21, a one-stop-shop for 21st century skills-related information, resources and community tools.

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instaGrok | A new way to learn

instaGrok | A new way to learn | Librarians Teaching Information Literacy | Scoop.it

Research a topic with an interactive map

Customize it with facts, links, and videos

Share it to show what you’ve learned

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This is a different way for students to do research with search results that include facts, visuals, a glossary, website links, media, and even quizzes.  Collect what you find in your Journal and keep track of where you've been in History.  Much more student-centered than a simple Google search, this is worth exploring.  Teacher accounts $35/yr allow viewing student work.

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Search Education – Google

Search Education – Google | Librarians Teaching Information Literacy | Scoop.it

Web search can be a remarkable tool for students, and a bit of instruction in how to search for academic sources will help your students become critical thinkers and independent learners.

With the materials on this site, you can help your students become skilled searchers- whether they're just starting out with search, or ready for more advanced training.

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Turn Students Into Strategic Researchers: Web Scavenger Hunts

Teach your students how to research online with our guide on methods of hunting for information online in an efficient and responsible manner.
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NoodleTools : Show Me Information Literacy Modules

NoodleTools : Show Me Information Literacy Modules | Librarians Teaching Information Literacy | Scoop.it
NoodleTools research guides on citing and evaluating sources
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"With a mix of vibrant images, visual annotation and text, the modules are designed by educators to engage students in information literacy and the research process. What constitutes credible information? How does source type contribute to relevance, authority and point of view? How do I evaluate and cite born-digital images and online sources?

Over twenty full modules are available, addressing source and website evaluation, digital literacy skills, plagiarism prevention and ethical writing. There are three progressive levels to choose from (Starter, Junior and Advanced) for elementary through university students." -- Reviewed by Internet @ Schools http://www.internetatschools.com/Articles/News/Breaking-News/NoodleTools-Provides-Its-Show-Me-Information-Literacy-Modules-Free-86732.aspx

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teachers-copyright (1320x1912 pixels) - Edudemic

teachers-copyright (1320x1912 pixels) - Edudemic | Librarians Teaching Information Literacy | Scoop.it

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A comprehensive chart simplifying the complicated matter of avoiding copyright infringement.  Students a teachers must be reminded of cophright law.

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Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, February 18, 2013 12:28 AM

A very useful resource

Maureen Greenbaum's comment, February 18, 2013 8:08 PM
A Fair(y) Use Tale 10 funny but informative minutes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJn_jC4FNDo
Ira Wise's curator insight, February 19, 2013 10:12 PM

The 8th Commandment: Do Not Steal.

And remember, kids know when we don;t care enough to give them the very best!

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Rubric Assessment of Information Literacy Skills - RAILS

RAILS helps librarians assess student information literacy skills exhibited in "artifacts of student learning" like research papers, presentations, worksheets, portfolios, or reflective journals. Using the AAC&U VALUE rubrics and the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education as starting points, RAILS assists librarians who seek to create campus-specific rubrics, "norm" them for use with multiple raters, and gather results data that inform instructional improvements.

Christine Bushong's insight:

Although this is for assessing higher education information literacy skills, it might be helpful when reinforcing the importance of information literacy to students and teachers.

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21st Century Information Fluency - Digital Information Fluency Model

21st Century Information Fluency - Digital Information Fluency Model | Librarians Teaching Information Literacy | Scoop.it

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.

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From Route 21:

Website offers all kinds of means to search online information, evaluate it, use it ethically and properly cite to it. Activities, learning modules, online quizzes, and online wizard tools are available for students and teachers to use to become proficient online researchers. Professional development is available for teachers for CEUs at a minimal cost. Courses offer A very hands on learning method with lots of feedback from fellow students format. Student activities are constantly updated for single and group learning experiences.

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Web Literacy Standard - Mozilla Webmaker

Web Literacy Standard - Mozilla Webmaker | Librarians Teaching Information Literacy | Scoop.it

The Web Literacy Standard is a map of competencies and skills that Mozilla and our community of stakeholders believe are important to pay attention to when getting better at reading, writing and participating on the web.

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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. | Librarians Teaching Information Literacy | 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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Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Wikipedia is a solid way to begin a search on many topics IF you follow the backtrail to the sources listed in the article. 

As a school librarian, I agree with this advice.  If you know little about a topic that you are researching, begin with Wikipedia to gather search terms and find sources of information from the citations.  Wikipedia should not be cited as a source for academic research, but it can be a tool for finding sources that are.

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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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Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking

Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking | Librarians Teaching Information Literacy | Scoop.it
Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you're just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can be
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Christine Bushong's curator insight, April 12, 2013 8:34 AM

Questioning is at the root of research, so use these tips to encourage questioning as part of the research process.  As a media specialist, I begin teaching research by having students compose their BIG Question, then have them break it down into all the Little Questions that must be answered in order to answer the BIG question.  From there, they pluck out some search terms and add more terms that are from the current knowledge they may already have about the topic or questions.  These search terms become the root of queries entered into search engines and database searches.  It's a natural progression.

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Info Lit Resources - November Learning

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"Our information literacy materials demystify the process Web so you can impart the vital skills students need to be safe, successful 21st century learners."

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INFOhio IMatrix: A Tool to Enhance Deep, Rigorous Learning! | Teacher Librarian

INFOhio IMatrix: A Tool to Enhance Deep, Rigorous Learning! | Teacher Librarian | Librarians Teaching Information Literacy | Scoop.it

"In Ohio, teachers face the arrival of the Common Core State Standards and Ohio Learning Standards and the new emphasis on teaching inquiry skills. In order to help teachers implement the standards in the area of inquiry and use appropriate resources, INFOhio developed the IMatrix, an online tool that supports integrating inquiry with instructional practice."

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Right Question Institute - A Catalyst for Microdemocracy

Right Question Institute - A Catalyst for Microdemocracy | Librarians Teaching Information Literacy | Scoop.it

 

Even if we know in the abstract that students can be more successful learners if they know how to ask questions, the skill is far too rarely deliberately taught in school.  We can change that by teaching students to produce their own questions, improve their questions and strategize on how to use them..

Christine Bushong's insight:

A good resource for teachers and media specialists teaching information literacy.  All research begins with an essential question.

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Christine Bushong's curator insight, January 16, 2013 8:21 AM

A good resource for teachers and media specialists teaching information literacy.  All research begins with an essential question.