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Solving the Information Literacy Puzzle: Creating Worlds of Learning with Research Pathfinders


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  • 1. presented by buffy hamilton, ed.s.| LBSC 642| February 2010 solving the information literacy puzzle creating worlds of learning with research pathfinders
  • 2. Image Attribution:
  • 3. what do students need for the journey of learning and information fluency ?
  • 4. roadmap: the pathfinder tourist attractions to explore: traditional and emerging sources of information
  • 5. roadmap: the research pathfinder
  • 6. how can we help students stay afloat in endless streams of information ? Image used with
  • 7. what we can provide students to help them find their way rather than getting lost on the information highway? Image attribution:
  • 8. pathfinders guide students to the resources needed for a research task
  • 9. carefully constructed pathfinders can help students access quality information more efficiently
  • 10. the librarian , is a travel guide for the information world and can help plot a course for research with a research pathfinder
  • 11. web 2.0 tools help us manage the streams of information available
  • 12. web 2.0 tools help librarians embed content more easily
  • 13.
    • research pathfinder navigation tools
    • widgets
    • rss feeds
    • information portals (pageflakes, netvibes, igoogle, libguides)
    • aggregators to “catch” feeds (google reader, bloglines)
    • social bookmarking
  • 14. students can “pull” information rather than “pushing” to find information from the pathfinder sources via information portals Image attribution:
  • 15. tourist attractions to explore: traditional and nontraditional sources of information
  • 16. the future is now: emerging sources of authoritative information and social scholarship
  • 17. emerging web 2.0 sources of credible information Image Attribution:
  • 18. Image Attribution: How do we help learners negotiate this friction between traditional and new media ? Joyce Valenza
  • 19.
    • unpacking web 2.0 tools for social scholarship
    • social bookmarking services (, diigo)
    • blogs
    • youtube Channels
    • podcasts
    • twitter
    • google library and google books
    • widgets
    • rss feeds (news sources, journals, websites)
    • flickr
    Image used under Creative Common License with permission from
  • 20. rss =real simple syndication, a web feed or stream format designed to deliver content
  • 21. feed aggregators and information portals can capture favorite RSS feeds and deliver streams of information to your fingertips Image attribution:
  • 22. iTunes podcasts and iTunesU
  • 23. YouTube features educational videos from news outlets, book publishers, and other reputable organizations
  • 24. Image Attribution: Social bookmarking for tagging and organizing favorite web resources as well as a research tool in one’s personal learning network
  • 25. blogs are a forum for dialogue on any topic and invite conversation as well as the exchange of ideas
  • 26. flickr provides students access to photographs
  • 27. twitter Image used under a Creative Commons license from
  • 28. google books
  • 29. a blueprint for creating a research pathfinder
  • 30. cc licensed photo from engage in conversation and collaboration with the classroom teacher 1
  • 31. pathfinder seeds
    • learning objectives
    • standards
    • learning activities
    • learner needs
    • forms of assessment
  • 32. begin the design process and selection of resources 2
  • 33. consider the full spectrum of resources
    • databases
    • web-based resources
    • print books
    • digital books
    • rss feeds
    • instructional materials
    • assessment tools
    • audio based resources
  • 34. make adjustments if needed during the implementation of the project 3
  • 35. praxis: reflection and action for future directions 4
  • 36. where do we want our students to go in their journey for information?
  • 37. what routes to information do we want them to travel?
  • 38. teachers and librarians must work together to help students become informationally savvy
  • 39. information fluent students won’t miss a turn or get lost in their travels for information
  • 40. Works Cited Valenza, Joyce. "Top School Library Things to Think About in 2008 ." Weblog      entry. 2 Jan. 2008. Neverendingsearch. 13 Mar. 2008.
  • 41. contact information [email_address]