Some things require a certain type of teaching…if you are teaching a procedure – it is most helpful to perform hands on activities…if you are teaching more abstract ideas it may be useful to teach with analogies or metaphors…perhaps more discussion…how do you think you should teach using a database? How do you think you should teach about resource bias?
What is critical thinking? “The ability to distinguish fact from fiction, to notice opinion, and actually to think about whether information seekers will accept the ‘facts’ and agree with the opinions to which they may or may not lead” (book, pg. 85) another “critical thinking must derive from the content…can think critically only within a discipline”For librarians it means “we must do this effectively by focusing on bare-bones basics and then work with subject experts to define criteria”…so what does this mean? What is a bare bones basic? (determining which database to use, how to pick a keyword) – what is subject specific (what constitutes primary documents in science research vs. literary research - just blowing dust off of the book) Are any of these critical thinking?The book gives several examples of how to teach critical thinking in the IL class…(89-92)
Anything critical in this question – and if you know where this is from don’t tell yet!!!!Does the user know that wikipedia is questionable source? Are they wondering what to do that….how would you answer?This leads us into Web 2.0 and technology literacy
Technology literacy…who is sponsoring a website, who is tagging the websites, who is creating the webinars….when do I use one tool over another…what does it mean to use open access?Ok…these may get a little deep – especially the open access information – but is this a technology literacy that is different from information literacy? Why or why not?
Ok…let’s move around and get active…how is this for IL Instruction?
We can bring this up now. What do you think of this as an active learning exercise? What other exercises can you think of?What tools can you use?clickers, games, songs, videos?
So what about games? Do they lead to critical thinking? How can they? Do you think college students want to do this?
NCSU Technology Sandbox…“The Technology Sandbox is a space in the D.H. Hill Library designed to showcase new technologies and give the NC State community easy access to the large-scale display and gesture-based computing tools that are revolutionizing the visual display of data and the creation of digital media.The informal area encourages peer-to-peer learning, experimentation, and collaboration with some of the key innovations that are now shaping our economy. In addition, this technology incubator provides a laboratory for faculty and staff to prototype and experiment with new types of learning spaces, especially those that blend the virtual with the physical.”
JCSU FITS Room – interaction for faculty – how do you think space can encourage active learning? It is the Faculty Instructional Technology Sandbox…one for students coming as well! Why is it important to include faculty in these sessions? This is lead by the library – is there critical thinking – for faculty?
See pg 95 – 99Have you ever seen these work?
Active learning and critical thinking
Information LiteracyCritical Thinking
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