Monday, August 29, 2011

Information Investigator: 3.1 Self-Paced Online Training

Boost Information Fluency Scores 50% in 3 hours.

This is our newest approach to information fluency assessment and training.

This package starts with a 10-level interactive tutorial that diagnoses and strengthens eight key search and evaluation competencies.

Live search challenges are coupled with "first aid kits" that address the knowledge and skills needed to succeed.

A Certification Exam is provided after the tutorials to assess information fluencies in finding and evaluating information.

The entire experience can be completed in about 3 hours.

If you are interested in previewing the entire package for your students, please contact Carl at  

The course is completely free.  You are under no obligation to purchase anything.

This course and assessment package was developed with feedback from teachers and library media specialists last spring. Over 900 students in middle school and high school used the materials this summer and improved their information fluency scores by over 50%.

We will give you full access to the course so you can evaluate the effectiveness of the training.  If you wish to make the course available to your institution, group discounts based on volume are available.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Flow of Information

Join our Information Fluency Group

    • Information flows in different ways in different subject areas. Each of the
      links below takes you to a timeline which will show you how information flowed
      from a sample event, research study, or artistic creation. Pick the subject
      area that you are researching or that you find interesting.

    • The nitty gritty on finding things in an electronic format

      You've been told that the computer is a vast treasure trove of information
      at your fingertips. But when you try to get into that stash, you're often
      left with a great deal of information that is mostly useless.

      This unit cracks open the information vault to give you a look inside
      the database, which is the structure that contains the information you're
      looking for.
    • Information Literacy is the ability to identify what information is needed, understand how
      the information is organized, identify the best sources of information for a given need, locate those sources, evaluate
      the sources critically, and share that information. It is the knowledge of commonly used research techniques.
    • Putting the research process to work

      Don’t know where to begin? This unit will help kickstart your research
      with a ten-step strategy that works for just about any discipline.

      In the first part of this unit you’ll find instructions on a ten
      step research method. On the last pages of the unit, you’ll see
      the strategy put to work in 3 examples.
Posted from Diigo. The rest of Info Fluency group favorite links are here.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

What is Web 2.0? Learn it in 5 minutes or less

  • Video site dedicated to short instructional tutorials for the technology classroom.  
    • At Learn it in 5, you'll learn what is Web 2.0, and strategies for using Web 2.0 technology in the digital classroom - all in 5 minutes or less.

      Learn it in 5 is a powerful library of how-to videos, produced by technology teachers, for the purpose of helping teachers and students create classroom strategies for today's 21st century's digital classroom. These step-by-step how-to videos walk teachers through Web 2.0 technology, demonstrating how to use Web 2.0 applications like blogs, social networks, podcasts, interactive videos, wikis, slide sharing and much more.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Common Core Standards for Librarians

ISTE 2011: Put On Your ‘Big Girl Panties’

ISTE 2011: Put On Your ‘Big Girl Panties’ (School Library Journal)

This is a call to arms By Kathy Ishizuka. Many Library Media Specialist attended the ISTE conference in Philadelphia this summer. 

The "gorilla-in-the-room issue of threatened obsolescence" is what it's all about.  Read this insightful 3 step program for standing up for ourselves!

Tags: research 2.0, Information fluency, information literacy, 21cif

Posted from Diigo. The rest of Info Fluency group favorite links are here.

The Social Media Arms Race

Stop the Social Media Arms Race in School | What's the PONT
  • Good summary of how educators viewing the use of social media tools in schools as a battle are not likely to win and an opportunity will be lost.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of E-Learning for Educators group favorite links are here.