Information Literacy — The Bare Bones

Here is another strand to my working definition of digital literacy. My last post was about metacognition. Today, I am posting about information literacy.

Let’s face it: the phrase “information literacy” can sound a little uppity. But it’s not just for the elite or the scholarly. Everyone, everyday should know what information literacy is and how to use it in their daily interactions and learning.

Information literacy can be defined in long-arm sentences or definitions*. And true, becoming informationally literate does have several layers, but the bare bones version, is:

1 — know that you need information,
2 — know where to get the information you need,
3 — know that the information is correct,
4 — apply the correct information to the situation to solve your problem or answer your question.

Much abounds on the web for educators on how to teach information literacy skills and even specific information literacy models, such as The Big6, to use in their endeavors.

However, what’s a parent to do?
First parents, start learning the terms. Then, look for examples of how to teach thinking skills and judging the correctness of ideas to your child when he or she is reading others’ words and writing their own paragraphs and essays. (Get your child to start asking, “Do these ideas make sense, do the ideas connect in a way that others will understand? Can I find other books or stories that agree with the basic thoughts that I have placed on paper?”)

Naturally, I could add more to this post, but I prefer for you to join in on the discussion.

Share how you would teach information literacy skills.

* More detailed explanations can be found at or


Metacognition: Use it Again and Again!

Hello all:

Upon starting this blog, I formulated a working definition for digital literacy. (See ) I have several strands that I believe make a good view of how one ought to think of digital literacy.

I like to revisit  the strands in the next few posts.

Today, let’s discuss and use metacognitive strategies.
You remember that metacognition has to do with ” thinking about your thinking.”  I also like the way Dr. Donna Wilson at defines metacognition. She writes, ” metacognition, is  the ability to think about your thoughts with the aim of improving learning.”

I agree with Dr. Bill Jenkins who writes of strategies that can be used to teach children or help them to know when their metacognitive skills are working. (Don’t worry everyone, you don’t have to say “metacognition” to them in all your discussions. We’ll just know we’re doing a good thing.) 🙂  He includes in his blog post these ideas:

1. Give children clear goals as to what they should accomplish from the start.
2. Ask questions before, during, and after the task so that the child will know the key points that he or should have considered.
3. My personal favorite which he has tagged as a self-monitoring strategy: Teach the child to give a verbal signal such as “aha”  when he or she gets the idea or a hmmm, if he or she doesn’t get it.

Now that you’ve read this, I have another question: how can you use metacognitive strategies in everyday activities at home?

Do share your thoughts!

Roblox and Digital Literacy Anyone?

Just a quick thought.

I see children every day scramble to get to a computer to play Roblox. They look like they are having so much fun and they are definitely engaged. The game caught my attention when I realized that the children were so involved that they would not even listen to my instructions nor get quieter when I asked them to do so.

Instead of staying irritated by their behavior, I decided to learn what is Roblox? So just in case you are like me, here’s what Roblox is. It is a massively multi-player online game created and marketed toward children and teenagers aged 8–18. In the game, players are able to create their own virtual world, in which they or other members may enter and socialize within the blocks of varying shapes, sizes, and colors.  (See 

The children are already completely entrenched! Can we adults get in on the fun and teach some digital literacy at the same time?
I ‘m just asking?
Do share your thoughts!

Digital Literacy Trends for 2015 — Quick Thoughts

Hello all:

A few quick thoughts on what will be trends for digital literacy in 2015:

1. Education — How can we help low income families follow-through to digital literacy once the computer has been placed in their homes. I mean what good is a new computer if you have no one to set it up or no money to pay for the  Internet Service Provider (ISP)?

2. Job skills — How can we help high schoolers get better at  online job searching, resume writing, online etiquette and having a professional cyberspace presence on such sites as LinkedIn?

3. Going Green– Can the use of more technology and presumably less paper extend the life of our planet?

Add your thoughts!

National Distance Learning Week: Digital literacy, Learning, and Technology

Colleges and other organizations around the country recently celebrated National Distance Learning Week in early November 2014  . Think of how digital literacy ties in with distance learning (everybody hear the words “online education, podcasts, or webcasts”  and the technology that is used to make it work?
Keep thinking on these terms. Digital literacy and distance learning will be around for years to come!

Share your thoughts!

Online Education Sites — Use Them While They’re Hot!

Hello all:

Posted below are links to online education sites that can be used to refine one’s academic and/or computer technology skills. (The first link is for children and the other two are for teens or for adults.)

1. Cyberkidz

2. Khan
Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more.

3. EdX–
Take great online courses from the world’s best universities.

Write back here and share your experiences!