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 http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency or