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21st Century Skills

  1. 1. Where do I find that? And why? More on 21st Century Information Literacy Skills Linda Loder Coordinator of Integrated Technology Smoky Hill Education Service Center [email_address]
  2. 2. Agenda this morning: <ul><li>Defining 21st century information literacy skills </li></ul><ul><li>Podcast by an expert in the field </li></ul><ul><li>Alternatives to commercial web search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul>
  3. 3. Agenda for breakouts: <ul><li>Divide into groups: PK-4, 5-8, 9-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Breakouts with hands-on practice on the KAN-ED desktop services </li></ul><ul><li>Start PK-4 - Rodine’s room with Jennifer Bartlett </li></ul><ul><li>Start 5-8 - Bulleigh’s room with Kay Good </li></ul><ul><li>Start 9-12 - Library with Linda Loder </li></ul>
  4. 4. Take Note! <ul><li>There will be prizes at the end of the sessions and there will questions to answer to get one! </li></ul>
  5. 5. What was school like for you?
  6. 6. Remember when…
  7. 7. Our students - <ul><li>Growing up in a time when electronic information is </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plentiful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Iconic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highly appealing </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Essential Question <ul><li>How can technology be used as a tool for Learning? </li></ul><ul><li>“ When the focus becomes the learning, not what the uses of the tools are, then you are going to transform education.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bernajean Porter </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Our ongoing questions <ul><li>How can student performance be improved and enhanced by the integration of technology? </li></ul><ul><li>How can students demonstrate learning and understanding through the use of technology in performance based assessment? </li></ul>
  10. 10. What if our students became so involved in learning that -
  11. 11. Keeping the ? at the center
  12. 12. What is Information Literacy? <ul><li>The ability to ~ </li></ul><ul><li>Find </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate </li></ul><ul><li>Use </li></ul><ul><li>Effectively </li></ul><ul><li>Efficiently </li></ul><ul><li>Ethically </li></ul>
  13. 13. What do students (and we ourselves) do to find information? <ul><li>Google, Ask, MSN </li></ul><ul><li>Look through text book </li></ul><ul><li>Ask a friend or a teacher or the librarian for the ‘correct’ answer </li></ul><ul><li>Google, Ask, MSN, others </li></ul><ul><li>Search other resources </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail or ask the librarian or other teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Use our textbooks </li></ul>
  14. 14. What we’d like our students to do with information <ul><li>Compare and contrast </li></ul><ul><li>Make informed decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Come to conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>Put together to form integrated intelligent answers to problems </li></ul>
  15. 15. How do we do this? <ul><li>In the ocean of Web data, Web search engines are [usually] the primary way to access content… Web data, however, is always evolving. The number of Web sites continues to grow rapidly and there are currently more than 20 billion indexed pages. Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Carlos Castillo, Flavio Junqueira, Vassilis Plachouras and Fabrizio Silvestri
This invited paper will be presented at In ICDE [International Conference on Data Engineering] in April, 2007 </li></ul>
  16. 16. What essential skills are needed? <ul><li>Turn question into query </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the right source and/or database </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize information when found </li></ul><ul><li>Use better keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Verify credibility </li></ul>
  17. 17. Some great resources to help <ul><li>Developing research skills in a digital world for ourselves as well as our students </li></ul>Laura Cohen Podcast Internet Tutorials 21st Century Information Fluency Project practice practice
  18. 18. Exercise your brain <ul><li>PK-4 Teachers - go to BestInfo and WebBrain to explore </li></ul><ul><li>5-8 Teachers - go to WebBrain , Librarians Index to the Internet, and Internet Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>9-12 - go to AcademicInfo and Infomine </li></ul><ul><li>More time? Try these: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 19. More brain exercises <ul><li>PK-4 teachers - go to Tutorials, Search Challenges, and take the Keyword Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>5-8 teachers - go to Tutorials, Search challenges, and take the Snippet Sleuth </li></ul><ul><li>9-12 teachers - go to Tutorials, Search Challenges, and click on: Launch Featured Challenge at the end of the first paragraph </li></ul>
  20. 20. Awards! <ul><li>PK-4 teachers question </li></ul><ul><li>5-8 teachers question </li></ul><ul><li>9-12 teachers question </li></ul>
  21. 21. PK-4 teachers question <ul><li>What is one of the five essential skills needed to seach for information on the Internet? </li></ul><ul><li>Turn question into query </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the right source and/or database </li></ul><ul><li>Recognize information when found </li></ul><ul><li>Use better keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Verify credibility </li></ul>
  22. 22. 5-8 teachers question <ul><li>What is one thing you learned from the podcast by Laura Cohen? </li></ul>Ask this first: What is it that you are looking for? 3 strategies: Ffind some deep content in general search engines; Next, look for specialty searches like,, rss feeds – Lastly, look at split-level searching – first find the database home site (like NOAA, USDA, USGS, NASA, States) – maybe add “directory” to your search
  23. 23. 9-12 teachers question <ul><li>What is the definition of information literacy? </li></ul>The ability to find, evaluate, and use information effectively, efficiently and ethically.
  24. 24. Questions? More time to look at your choice of the sites we’ve visited!