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The ability of humans to make sense of information and synthesise it quickly will become the most valuable skill of the next five years. Scottish educator Ewan McIntosh http://edu.blogs.com/edublogs/2007/03/peter_kellner_y.html
1/27/2011 First there was the library… “Enter the internet: a world where there is no process of selectivity other than that each surfer brings with them.” Celeste McNicholas and Ross J. Todd “New kids on the box: is it worth the effort and investment?”
1/27/2011 Our assumptions? students have the skills and vocabulary in a particular content area to do a search students are able to determine what they need to know and choose relevant information students readily transfer skills students know everything about the internet and know how and where to search Ross Todd “Research Column 3, 1997”
1/27/2011 The Search Student factors “Students’ ability to complete or even begin a successful search is closely linked to their ability to design search paths.” Knowledge novice vs. expert content vs. strategies Celeste McNicholas and Ross J. Todd New kids on the box: is it worth the effort and investment?
So, what is “authority?” A simple definition Informed writing Flickr.com Tizzie
An informed author Knows the subject matter and has something to say Has experience on the topic or writing Has their facts straight or corrects them if they are wrong Has credentials listed Writes thoughtfully
Everywhere Where? Where are informed writers? Flickr : kudumomo
In print newspapers, magazines, e-books or print books In Encyclopedias from Wikipedia to Worldbook and Britannica or “specialized” encyclopedias On the web On websites In databases In blogs and wikis In emails On facebook/myspace/twitter/clubpenguin/ning/etc. In person interviews
So, how do students know what to look for?Questions for them to consider…. Flickr user: Xurble
Wisdom What does the writer add to your understanding?
Expertise and Trust What does the writer know about the subject? Why is it that you trust their expertise?
Purpose What is their purpose in sharing the information?
Currency Is the information up to date? When does that matter?
So, how do you know what to look for? Wisdom What does the writer add to your understanding? Expertise and Trust What does the writer know about the subject? Why is it that you trust their expertise? Care Does the writer use care in writing? NPOV Does the writer have a neutral point of view? Purpose What is their purpose in sharing the information? Currency Is the information up to date?
So why does this matter? Authentic projects Published projects Wisdom/Understanding