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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

The "skinny" on Information Literacy

     While we are bombarded with information from the media and the world-wide web daily, not all information is created equally. I find it quite disturbing that almost anyone can post a link with random, potentially harmful information that is accessible to anyone who clicks on that link. When I am researching a topic I look for several of the things we discussed in class last week such as looking for sites that end in ".com, .org, .edu, etc. I also look for the words "official site". Another thing I do is to compare information obtained from several different sites for  consistency.
     According to the article provided for our blog, "literacy information is the set of skills need to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information." This definition made a lot of since to me because in my two years of teaching high school students I have observed that the vast majority of students can actually use technology by answering assigned questions but at the end of the assignment they do not necessarily know what they have retrieved, how to analyze it, or how to use the information they obtained; and you can forget about those students being able to explain what they researched! I usually tell my classes things like "you need to know the "who, what, when, where, and why about the assigned topic". However, based on what I have learned in class, I can now assist students in the research process as they retrieve, analyze and use information obtained. This will prepare them to learn to become lifelong, independent learners as some of our Georgia Performance Standards require.
     I will teach my students about information literacy by first using the article provided to us at NTI on IL as well as the links embedded in the article. I found this article to be very informative and easy to read (follow). I could actually teach key concepts from this article to my students along  with referring/ taking them to the links in the article.Since students will require more than a college education to be successful in their field of study, I will continue to give opportunities for them to use technology in the classroom. I will instruct students on the research process and how to locate reputable sources on the web. Using guided practice and feedback, I will help ensure students have opportunities to express creativity without becoming overwhelmed and experiencing "data smog". I already allow students to use technology in my classes frequently, now I will be able to bring much more clarity to the reseach process while providing the guidance needed to for students to feel confident and successful during the task(s) at hand.

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