E-Literacy


Yesterday evening I attended a meeting of the Long Range Technology Planning committee for my school district. During the course of the meeting we were asked to brainstorm what we want students to know and be able to do before they graduate from Irving schools. The lovely map above (produced by the equally as lovely, John Witter) is what my group came up with. It is a tall order, but I think it is achievable.

One of the recurring themes of the brainstorm session was information literacy. When I walk in the classrooms and observe the students on my campus, I have no doubts that given some time the majority of them could navigate through just about any software program we send their way. I do, however, have doubts about their ability to locate credible information, appropriately package it in a paper or presentation and correctly cite their sources. Information literacy is definitely something we need to be focusing on as educators. It is something that should be infused in all classes across grade levels and content areas.

As I was browsing through some of the blogs I frequent (specifically Miguel Guhlin’s), I came across a video on e-literacy geared toward students. The video is certainly not going to teach information literacy to the extent our students need, but it is a good introduction and can hopefully help instigate some discussions on the matter.

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One Comment on “E-Literacy”

  1. LeftLaneEnds Says:

    …looked at the video link, and it is certainly outdated already. A number of people are familiar with the MLK site and issues that revolve around it, but it seems that a new generation of e-literacy thinking has developed now.

    David Warlick has several podcasts on this topic:

    1: http://davidwarlick.com/connectlearning/2005/04/15/episode-19-new-literacy-1-tech-expo/

    2: http://davidwarlick.com/connectlearning/2005/04/22/episode-20-new-literacy-2-catching-the-wave/

    3: http://davidwarlick.com/connectlearning/2005/04/27/7/

    4: http://davidwarlick.com/connectlearning/2005/05/08/episode-22-new-literacy-4/

    5: http://davidwarlick.com/connectlearning/2005/05/18/episode-23-literacy-5/

    These are based on his book, ‘Redefining Literacy in the 21st Century’ and are well worth the listen…–>


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