Information Literacy – Rethinking Research for the 21st Century

Presentation Materials

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Flowgram of web activities that can be used with students

Internet sites mentioned in the presentation

Shift Happens Wiki – Watch the video created by Karl Fisch called “Did You Know”. It’s 2 years old but presents a compelling story about why its important to be aware of how our world has changed and why it’s important to be aware of the impact on the classroom.

American Association of School Librarians Standards for the 21st Century Learner – The presentation is based on the standards set out by this organization, to facilitate information literacy – create a “word cloud” that visually represents source text, example: Illinois State Language Arts Standards

ChaCha – “Social Searching”: Mobile guides who answer questions by text message from users

Yahoo Answers – a place where people ask and answer questions on any topic, sharing facts, opinions and personal experiences.

Answer Bag – similar to Yahoo Answers

WikiAnswers – similar to Yahoo Answers

wiseGEEK – similar to Yahoo Answers

Yedda – similar to Yahoo Answers

HowStuffWorks – “HowStuffWorks, a wholly owned subsidiary of Discovery Communications, is the award-winning source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works. Founded by North Carolina State University Professor Marshall Brain in 1998, the site is now an online resource for millions of people of all ages.” (Quote from website)

Wikipedia – The Free Online Encyclopedia that anyone can edit

Britannica Online Encyclopedia – requires a subscription at a cost, but always a trusted source

Citizendium – An online Encyclopedia related to Wikipedia but claims to overcome reliability issues

Knol – Google’s answer to Wikipedia

Quarkbase – Find complete information about a website including the author and the sponsoring organization, great way to evaluate a website

Omgili – find out what people are saying, when you want subjectivity

Twitter Search – see what’s happening right now

Google Trends – provides insight into what people are searching for on the web

Boolify – use this search engine to illustrate the logic of their search and showing them how the manipulation of key words impact the results

Resources for Teaching 21st Century Information Fluency – Resources for teaching students 21st century research skills including articles, games, and assessment tools to enhance these critical skills

Defining Literacy in a Digital World – ReadWriteThink Lesson Plan to help student understand and be able to evaluate internet sites

Good places to start a search

These search engines offer suggestions based on your search words. When you put a key word in the search box, these search engines will give recommendations that will help you narrow or expand your search. – will narrow or expand your search

When only reference sites like encyclopedias are required try…. – All results are reference resources – a web search engine for students and researchers, making high quality information easily accessible

Research Project Examples

Hall of Scientists Wax Museum

Mrs. Cassidy’s Dinosaur Wiki

Ben Franklin Voice Thread

The Shot Heard Around the World

Colonization Blogs

Secret Life of Bees Wiki

Bloom’s Taxonomy -Digitized – Andrew Church took Bloom’s Taxonomy and revised the levels of the learning process to correlate with the digital tools, including web2.0 and social media. This document helps if one is looking for innovating ideas for projects that utilize technology.

Boxes of Stuff

(These are saved as SimplyBox sites. I’ll be adding to these every time I find relevant content that fits in the box.)

Interesting Articles and Blog Posts that relate to the topic

Teaching Research Skills

Reference Resource Searches

Media Literacy Resources

Safe Search Sites for Elementary Students

Evaluating Websites

Tools that Enhance the Research Process

Unusual Searches – When subjective is what you are looking for

Sources Cited

“AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.” 17 Sept. 2008. American Library Association. 10 Oct. 2008 <>.

Alpert, Jessie. “We Knew the Web Was Big.” Weblog post. Google Blog. 25 July 2008. 28 Sept. 2008 <>.

“Internet Usage and Broadband Usage Report.” 2008. 16 Oct. 2008 <>.

Lejnieks, Carly. “A Generation Unplugged.” 12 Sept. 2008. Harris Interactive. 15 Oct. 2008 <>.

Salpeter, Judy. “21st Century Skills: Will Our Students Be Prepared?” Techlearning. 15 Oct. 2003. 30 Oct. 2008 <>.

“Information Behavior of the Researcher of the Future.” 11 Jan. 2008 <>

Sanford, Jason. “Knowledge Smackdown: Wikipedia vs. Citizendium by Jason Sanford.” StorySouth: a journal of literature from the New South. 22 Sept. 2006. 24 Feb. 2009 <>.

Singer, Adam. “49 Amazing Social Media, Web 2.0 And Internet Stats.” Social Media, Marketing, PR | The Future Buzz. 12 Jan. 2009. 24 Feb. 2009 <>.

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