We live in an era where much of the information we gather and share comes from digital sources and most young people today have grown up using electronic devises for their research needs. Research has shown, however, that just because they are skilled Web users does not mean that they are information fluent—meaning that they have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to using this newfound wealth of information to make a difference in our world. This book, written by a Ph.D. in education who has worked with the 21st Century Information Fluency Project and a teacher at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, examines the abilities of students today in finding online information, evaluating it, and using it ethically to determine how information fluent they truly are. The book addresses information fluency in five areas: digital information fluency, speculative searching, investigative searching, ethical and fair use, and instructional applications. Along the way the authors provide tips to teachers to devise methods of integrate information fluency into their teaching, particularly in the areas of language arts, history, and science. For anyone interested in information literacy and information fluency this is a must read.
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)As digital natives most middle and high school students perceive themselves to be skilled web users. But when assessed, we found that even our most academically advanced students struggled with information fluency. Students conduct research in school, share resources with friends and family, and exchange a wide variety of information electronically via the Internet. Information fluency is critical, and the skills need to be taught. Since we initiated our information fluency program five years ago, the results have been impressive. With just a few hours of online work, students show significant gains. Our experience demonstrates that critical information fluency skills can be learned, and taught effectively in an efficient way.
(Susan Corwith, Associate Director, Center for Talent Development, Northwestern University)Heine and O'Connor use their experience with the highly respected 21st Century Information Project to create a book that is comprehensive, practical, and wise for educators who are serious about teaching both students and themselves to be truly information literate. Covering types of searches, the ethical use of information, instructional methods, and curation, this definitive guide lays out both strategies and tools critical for anyone working to find and use online information today.
(Doug Johnson, Director of Media and Technology, Mankato (MN) Area Public Schools)Teaching information Fluency has been a pleasure to read! I appreciate the lively style and chance to get inside the minds of seminal thinkers like Carl Heine and Dennis O'Connor. ... I was delighted to read [the] careful analysis of a small number of well-described tools in which they take the time to address 'why' the tools are worth using well.
(Debbie Abilock, speaker, consultant and author of Growing Schools: Librarians as Professional Developers)
About the Author
Carl Heine earned his Ph.D. in education from the University of Chicago. He has over twenty years of teaching experience including both the College of DuPage and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy where he worked with the 21st Century Information Fluency Project. He speaks about digital information fluency frequently. Dennis O’Connor holds masters degrees in both Online Teaching & Learning and Technology Integration and Instructional Design. He has taught middle and high school for more than 25 years. He currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin – Stout.