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


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

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