Information Literacy

Information literacy can be hard to define. Personally, I think that being literate with information means that you can objectively think about who is giving the information they are reading, and tell if there are any biases being presented.

I think that it is possible to teach students information literacy skills. If we as educators show students the importance of learning about where the information they are taking in is coming from, and what to look for when making sure that information is as accurate as possible.

I do believe that we can prepare students to be effective technology users. To do this, however, we have to be effective users ourselves. I think a big issue when educators try to integrate technology in the classroom is they don’t know how to use everything to its full potential, which is essential for teaching students the best to your ability.

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2 thoughts on “Information Literacy

  1. How does Abilock define information literacy in the article? I would agree that teachers can & should bear some of the responsibility to teach our students literate use of the internet, but wish you would expand on your arguments a little more in your posts. Perhaps supporting your opinions with hyperlinks or examples to help your readers understand your intent better.

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  2. You should be able to have your campus librarian(s) address your students about info lit. Until recently it was defined by the ACRL as the ability to know when you need more information, to find it from a variety of sources, to evaluate it for usability, and to use it ethically and legally. But it is now more widely understood to be a framework of interconnected concepts such as authority being contextual, scholarship as a conversation, and so on.

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