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Using live mobile polling (Poll Everywhere) to engage students in information literacy. Anne Archer, Joanne Ghee & David Archer (teachmeet abstract)

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Using live mobile polling (Poll Everywhere) to engage students in information literacy. Anne Archer, Joanne Ghee & David Archer (teachmeet abstract)

  1. 1. Using live mobile polling (Poll Everywhere) to engage students in information literacy Anne Archer, Newcastle Libraries, anne.archer@newcastle.gov.uk Joanne Ghee, Newcastle Libraries, joanne.ghee@newcastle.gov.uk David Archer, University of Sunderland, david.archer-1@sunderland.ac.uk Evidence suggests that there is a lack of information literacy (IL) in secondary schools, contributing to a more difficult transition to University (Bent, 2008). Teachers recognise the value of IL for lifelong learning but struggle to support its development due to time pressures within the curriculum (Williams & Wavell, 2006). Teachers and public librarians working in partnership can help bridge the gaps in IL in students and also encourage greater library use. Since January 2014 Newcastle Libraries have been part of a pilot scheme designed by the British Library to deliver IL to sixth form students. Engaging students with IL can be challenging and the use of interactive technology can increase their enjoyment in the learning process, encourage creativity, gauge their levels of knowledge and obtain feedback during the session in a flexible and responsive manner. We adapted the British Library resources to introduce Poll Everywhere, an application that allows live audience participation using their mobile devices and is free for up to 40 simultaneous users. The audience can engage using simple text, a mobile friendly web page or even Twitter. By attending this Teachmeet presentation you will learn how easy it is to present audience responses live on a website or embedded within a PowerPoint. We will present a variety of question types available, including free text, multiple choice and clickable images. These results can then be displayed as text walls, word clouds, cluster or ticker. The main benefit of mobile polling is that it enables students to share their opinions with reduced risk of embarrassment. Another advantage is inclusivity: students do not need to have smart phones to respond and thereby do not feel excluded from their peers with better devices. Finally, it is also an effective way of evaluating students’ main learning outcomes from the session. References: Bent, M. (2008) Perceptions of information literacy in the transition to higher education. National Teaching Fellowship Report, Newcastle University. Williams, D.A. and Wavell, C (2006) Information literacy in the classroom: Secondary school teachers’ conceptions. Research Report 15, Department of Information Management, Aberdeen School of Business. Available from http://www4.rgu.ac.uk/files/ACF4DAA.pdf [Accessed on 10th November 2014]

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