Category Archives: digital literacy

The Secret Language of Books

Have you been here, where you’re standing next to a student, looking for a book for them, and you’re performing the little reference interview trying to extract what kind of book they’re after. Well look no further – a gem of a collection of the language of books is here from NoveList: The Secret Language of Books: A Guide to appeal. 2018 edition. This is great summer vacation preparatory reading before you go back into the library and face the new readers.

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The Knowledge Compass

When faced with an area of research, we need to be able to formulate questions to help us understand it. This brilliant website offers the educator, student and parent some ways to help formulate questions. Enjoy!

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Curriculum integration of digital citizenship

A fascinating article from Teacher by Jo Earp on how to ensure digital citizenship is integrated across the curriculum.

Digital Curation: An Instagram Story

A fascinating, evidence based experiment by Amanda Lawrence on how Instagram was used to assist in building engagement and online discourse while studying To Kill a Mockingbird.

To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library

Libraries are social infrastructure, that few influential people understand. Explore this great article from the New York Times, and join in the cause of keeping this public good, alive and well in a place near you.

Using Fake websites to improve digital literacy

Developing critical literacy skills is essential in navigating our post truth world. Skill creation should start at home, and also be assisted by a cohort of digitally literate teachers who can help guide our future generations through this maze.

A great website, that declares itself as fake, All about Explorers, was set up by teachers to help educate students on the Internet. As their about page describes:

All About Explorers was developed by a group of teachers as a means of teaching students about the Internet. Although the Internet can be a tremendous resource for gathering information about a topic, we found that students often did not have the skills to discern useful information from worthless data.

So we set out to develop a series of lessons for elementary age students in which we would demonstrate that just because it is out there for the searching does not mean it is worthwhile.

Because we wanted to make a point about finding useless information even in a site which looked at first to be fairly well put together, all of the Explorer biographies here are fictional. While many of the facts are true or based on truth, many inaccuracies, lies, and even downright absurdity are mixed in indiscriminately. As such, it is important that you do not use this site as a source of reference for your own research!

Any references to outside source materials, however, are quite accurate to the best of our knowledge. Books and other print materials are listed throughout. In most cases these are the references we give to our students when they are looking for reliable information about these explorers. Links to other web sites have also been evaluated for accuracy and usefulness.

Our lesson plans have also been incorporated into this site along with an Explorer WebQuest which we use with our own students to do valid research about these same explorers after showing them the pitfalls of poor planning and searching. In both cases, again, the information we include will be as accurate as possible. All of our lessons have been tested with students in the upper elementary grades.

 

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