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[edit] Information Literacy and the Application of Technology Tools

As mentioned in the Tools section, Information Literacy in the Digital Age, requires students and teachers to be able to access and manipulate a variety of technological instruments. With so many tools to choose from, proper application of a tool can some times be difficult to figure out.

Information Literacy Digital Age tools also promote professional development, which allows teachers, administrators and librarians to have regular conversations, take actions and to determine appropriate goals and objectives for its schools and maintain a wiki to share agendas, notes and ideas between schools (Derry, B. 2008 p. 23). According to Derry, not only do these Information Literacy tools create engaging learning activities that challenge students to think at a higher level, they also educate staff on the use and integration of skills and strategies (Derry, 2008 p. 24) for the betterment of these students learning experience.
These Information Literacy Digital Age tools may include wikis, social networking, digital storytelling (PhotoStory and Podcasting) tools; as well as interactive whiteboards, (Derry, 2008 p. 24), blogging, screencasting, streaming videos, Podcasts, Skype, digital video communication and other Web 2.0 tools to construct new paradigms for teaching and learning (Derry, 2008 p. 25).

When should we use a blog vs. a Wiki? And at what point should the librarian step in to help our students understand how to utilize the technological tools available to them?
Need help deciding? Maybe this can help:

external image 200px-Choices.jpgexternal image magnify-clip.pngView the Wikis Vs. Blog Screencast

[edit] Wikis

The Wiki is an instrument of collaboration and cooperation. A teacher can use the Wiki to help students improve their writing as well as their editing and revising skills. Through a small research project, or written assignment, students can work in small groups to peer edit or collaborate on written assignments . Wikis can also be used for distance learning with students who have a variety needs (Birch, 2008) Ideas for using wikis in the classroom include:

  • Storing Web sites and bibliographies that might enhance a research project, as well as critique these websites for the information provided
  • Groups mind-mapping and brainstorming of ideas
  • Connecting with home schooled children to discuss assignments and papers
  • Editing and annotating lessons to help students see how to and what to edit in their papers using proper techniques
  • Post critical or analytical statements directly on the work being looked at, students have a better time when they can write directly on a piece and see the correlation of their ideas to the work itself
  • Collaborating with distance learners in another district or country--the more students interact with others who have different values and ideals, the more understanding, tolerant and worldly they become (perhaps even running a community outreach program or generating ideas for community service project

Look to Wikispaces and PBwiki to help you begin! More Ideas can be found at How do educators use Wikis? and Ideas with Wikis!

[edit] Blogs

Blogs are used for more personal reflections, journaling, or responding to prompts. Students can use them for book discussions, publishing daily work, getting to know one another, or as writing practice (Barret, 2006; Barrios 2004). Teachers may find blogs useful for posting homework assignments, updating classroom activities, and observing/creating classroom portfolios (Teaching Today 2007).

  • Publish daily, by responding to prompts given by the teacher to think critically on course content and its application to the world
  • Give updates to real world issues: surviving after an environmental disaster, overcoming an illness, losing a loved one--have students reach out with
    their blog to offer support and keep up with current events to share in class
  • Provide links to interesting facts and ideas that will effect the students like rezoning of a school district, budget increases/decreases, implementation
    of school uniforms etc. Have the students think critically and respond to the situation, while also commenting on fellow classmates blogs
  • Post daily homework problems for mathematics that the students can write out a small paragraph describing the thought process to discovering the answer
  • Have students use blogs to post questions and allow other students to help respond and answer each others questions--it encourages community and critical
    thinking in the classroom
  • Use the blog to post important due dates for students work. If there are any questions about assignments, students can take the initiative to post and
    discuss on the blog with their instructor.

A Blog is also a web space in which an author raises an issue and the author and fellow bloggers post their responses in reverse chronological order. The content is usually controversial, newsworthy, opinionated, text based, although some blogs include media-like video, audio, animation, pictures, and music(McPherson, 2006 p. 67).
In his exploration of blogs with groups of in-service and preservice educators at the University of British Columbia, Keith McPherson, an author concerned about school library blogging, stated that one of the first questions that inevitably arises out of educators discussions is "How and why should they use blogs with their students?" Teachers note that the educational goal of blogs is to promote reading and writing (McPherson, 2006 p. 67).
It was further suggested that blogs provide students with authentic and motivating communication contexts and its a place where audiences, writers and readers are often committed to writing and reading daily posts (McPherson, 2006 p. 67). Moreover, school-based blogs can be used to introduce students to new Internet communication technologies while providing opportunities for teachers to help students develp their typing, editing, peer editing, spelling, and reating and writing skills (McPherson, 2006 p. 68).

Look to Classblogmeister , Blogger and Edublogs for starting your blog space


Syndication or RSS(Really Simple Syndication) is a way of collecting current information from a numerous resources about one particular topic, without having to search the internet.
First you need to download an RSS reader.Most of them are free such as Google Reader and RSS Bandit.In fact, About.com’s Top Ten RSS readers are all free.Once loaded, you’ll only need to visit your sources once to sign up for their RSS feeds.Then to see your up-to-date information on your topic, you’ll only have your RSS reader to go to.
You are writing about the H1N1 virus.Information is changing by the minute. Once you have done your initial investigation on the topic, you only need to visit your reader to see current information from the sources of your choice. Depending on the number of resources you want, this could be 5 or 50.

[edit] Library Resources

Finally, librarians are just as much a part of our classrooms as our students are. So, having the librarians be information literate is critical. Librarians can use wikis to have students involved in book reviews or they can create podcast on how to use the library. Here are some websites with ideas for librarians on how to incorporate the “Web tools” into their classroom the library (Washington State Library 2001; Loertscher and Woolls 1997; Dalhousie University 2008). Librarians along with technology resource teachers can also be asked to step into the classroom to demonstrate using a blog space or a wiki. Through demonstration, the students will all be brought up to at least the same level of information. This way all can understand what to do when they are asked to use the webspace. Consult your librarian about putting together a powerpoint or screencast to enhance the learning process about the desired web tool.

[edit] More Importantly: Why?

Using the new tools: wiki’s, blogs, podcasting, etc. in your classroom will create a learning environment that the students enjoy being part of. They LOVE technology and are eager to learn how to use new tools. You as a teacher can also learn from your students because for most of us, our students know more than we do when it comes to technology.When it comes to assessing what students are actually learning by using the tools. It is the same way you assess them every other day, expect that you have to be willing to allow the students to be more creative with their final products. A good source of information is: Rating Scale.There are a wide variety of opinions when it comes to using the “new tools” in the classroom. However, we live in the digital age and we must prepare our students for an even more technology competitive world if we want them to succeed!

[edit] Resources:

Barret, T. (September 2006) Blogging Activities. Retrieved June 21, 2008, from http://classroomblogging.wikispaces.com/Blogging+Activities What about Wikis...I think there is potential here too! Retrieved June 29, 2008 from http://classroomblogging.wikispaces.com/%3E+Using+Wikis

Barrios, B. (2004) The Year of the Blog. Retrieved June 20, 2008, from http://www.bgsu.edu/cconline/barrios/blogs/index.html

Birch, T.S.A. (April 18, 2008) Teaching Wikis: Ideas for incorporating technology in the classroom. Retrieved June 20, 2008, from Dalhousie University (June 12, 2008). Information Literacy Tutorials. Retrieved June 21, 2008 from http://www.library.dal.ca/How/Tutorials/

Loertscher, D.V. and Blanche Woolls. (June 1997). The Information Literacy Movement of the School Library Media Field: a preliminary summary of the research. Retrieved June 22, 2008 from http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/courses/250.loertscher/modelloer.html

Sethl, R. (2007) 15 Educators Respond: "How would you use your PBWiki in your classroom?" Retrieved June 29, 2008 from http://blog.pbwiki.com/2007/08/24/15-educators-respond-how-would-you-use-pbwiki-in-your-classroom/

Teaching Today (2007) Teaching Today, How To: Blog Basics. Retrieved June 20, 2008 from http://teachingtoday.glencoe.com/howtoarticles/blog-basics

Washington State Library (2001) Online Guide to Smart Information. Retrieved June 22, 2008 from http://www.librarysmart.com/working/home.asp