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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Information Overload

How many times have you put the topic that you want to learn more about into the search engine, only to realize that there are 7,000 pages online that relate to your desired topic? How do you choose the right one? Do you just stay on the first page? Is the page that you picked an ad or a legitimate article? Maybe I am the only one who wonders these things. There is so much information online these days. So many websites competing for our attention. I like to think of myself as somewhat educated, and I still wonder what information can really be trusted online. I definitely don't think that all information is created equal, which is part of the problem. When students aren't familiar with information literacy, and they trust any random website as a reliable source, the result can be detrimental. I think that this is especially true in healthcare. People, in general, go the internet and self- diagnose based on information they found online. They may opt to avoid actually seeking professional help because they believe any and everything they read online. Not only is this unhealthy for their physical health, but also for their mental health, due to the unnecessary stress they may cause themselves.

I had heard the term "information literacy" prior to reading this article, but I don't know that I had ever been enlightened on its meaning. Reading this article and internalizing what information literacy is, really magnifies the fact that information literacy has implications that are just as serious as illiteracy. I have often joked that "reading is fundamental", but in actuality, nothing could be more true. If people don't know when they "need information and where to locate it effectively and efficiently", then they are not able "to analyze and evaluate" the information that is found, thus resulting in a lack of "confidence in using that information to make a decision or create a product". When people are illiterate (not having the ability to read and write), they often face very similar challenges on a daily basis,because they many not know how to locate and effectively use information.

Another point that I thought about after this article is that the "digital divide" still exists and the problem is only compounded when you factor in "information literacy". Can students that don't have the same access to internet on a regular basis be as adept at information literacy as those students that do have regular access? As teachers of young students that deal with information overload on a daily basis, we bear some responsibility in helping them learn to become information literate. It does a diservice to our students to allow them to pass from grade to grade when they do not have the ability to read and comprehend information in their textbooks. Is it not of equal consquence if we allow them to be "information illiterate" as well?

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