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Information flow: an integrated model of applied information literacy - Sarah McNicol


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Information flow: an integrated model of applied information literacy - Sarah McNicol

  1. 1. InFlow: An integrated model of applied information literacy Sarah McNicol
  2. 2. About iTEC • A four-year European project (2010-14) • Creating educational tools and resources piloted in over 2,000 classrooms across 19 European countries • Working to develop a „sustainable model for fundamentally redesigning teaching and learning‟
  3. 3. Comparing iTEC activities to existing IL models
  4. 4. The starting point: iTEC Cycle 4 Learning Activities See
  5. 5. This led to the development of InFlow
  6. 6. General principles • It is a flow, rather than a series of discrete activities • Can be undertaken in any order • Makes the iterative nature of tasks explicit (you can repeat elements several times) • You don‟t always need to use all the elements • Encourages student engagement with information • Flexibility: resources, time, age range, subject…
  7. 7. Learning outcomes Through using InFlow, students will: • Learn how to work collaboratively, in teams with other students and also with external collaborators. • Develop metacognitive skills by reflecting on what and how they learn and how they can progress. • Develop creativity skills by designing outputs which take account of the needs of potential audiences. • Understand how to engage effectively with a wide range of primary and secondary information sources. • Learn to ask for, listen to, act on and give feedback.
  8. 8. Other ideas… • Creating a model of local buildings (using 3D printer) • Creating a game (for younger students) • Creating a QR code treasure hunt • Creating a virtual museum (local history/geography) • Telling an multimedia story • Redesigning the school map (tube map) • Preparing students for individual research project • Induction sessions
  9. 9. Links • Inflow: • Or If you want to design an activity online, one option is Padlet. Here‟s an example: If you‟re interested in testing the model join: And „apply for membership‟ of the InFlow project
  10. 10. Further information • Articles: McNicol, Sarah (2014) “Modelling information literacy for classrooms of the future”, Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, doi: 10.1177/0961000614526612 McNicol, Sarah (2013), “InFlow (Information Flow): An Integrated Model of Applied Information Literacy”, School Libraries in View, 36 (Winter). • Email: • iTEC: