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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?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Pacing Information Literacy for Today's Students

While reading David Shenk’s article on “Data Smog”, it occurred to me there was one aspect of information literacy he didn’t address; pace. It is accurate to describe the access to data students have today as unprecedented. Most school age children have a treasure trove of information at their fingertips within seconds no matter where they physically are. The explosion of internet access through smart phones literally allows a student to research any topic from anywhere at any time. The internet has become their library and it is always open. One problem with this is there is no librarian to guide them or teacher to direct them or parent to caution them.

Students have the ability to get the data they need within seconds now where just a decade ago the time frame was substantially longer. With this rapid information reaping capability, students rarely bother to double check sources or think through the answers they have acquired. They are satisfied with simply getting the answer quickly and moving on to the next task without ever slowing down to analyze their solution.

Internet based social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are also contributing to this rapid, no thought process, reactionary driven pace of information, becoming the norm. School aged kids today can get an answer to a personal question or the details of any social situation within seconds. Social drama now plays out at the speed of light over wireless connections and conversations that were oral just a few years ago are now done via text in 140 characters or less. Basically, this means a person can speak their mind over a social media app using their thumbs instead of their voice. Have you ever spoken to someone without thinking first? Just reacted and let your first thought fly out of your mouth. We all have. Today, kids put their foot in their mouths without ever having to open them.

If students are taught to pace their acquisition of data and slow their use of it then their level of information literacy will go up. Instead of only relying on Wikipedia for research, perhaps they will find a second and third source to back up or disprove the “facts”. And instead of immediately Tweeting or texting, they will think through their comment and pause before hitting send. Maybe they won’t send it at all.

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