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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?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Week #6-Teaching Information Literacy-Gina

  I enjoy writing about this seeing that I actually teach students how "To Be" the media.  They are taught to write and produce without bias or opinion as an ethical journalist.  It is so difficult nowadays to find a true journalist that just writes true hard substantiated facts.  So when I try and find examples to present to my students of good and ethical practices, I also try and find a poor example (what they should not strive to be like).  When asked the question about whether all information we look or read is equal-the answer is no.  Some information is instructional, some informational, some for entertainment or interest.  Is the information you find accurate-yes and no would be my answer to that.  You usually have to sift through a lot of fluff in order to find something that you can utilize for the classroom.  Is the information and the outlets used worthy of attention-absolutely.  They are where this new generation is headed.  Social media and internet use is now a given in today's students.  We as teachers need to be aware of the outlets and what they are delivering.
  How do I decide what information to use and what to discard depends solely on what point I am trying to get cross and what lesson I am teaching.  Some lessons may be more beneficial from having information from these outlets than others.  According to our documents, Information Literacy is your ability to evaluate media across the board.  You should be able to recognize what is needed for usage and what you can discard.  You should also be able to use it effectively using technology, communication networks and electronic resources.  I make sure that I know exactly what I am looking for before I begin my search.  I have an exact plan, therefore, I am not wasting my time.
  As a teacher in order for you to make your students information literate-you must first be literate.  How can you expect them to be proficient in this area if you can not help guide them.  Through CTE I make sure that the students are well aware that they can gather information and do their research in the various platforms mentioned earlier.  Through all media outlets and the web they can efficiently maneuver around to find what they are looking for.  In various projects we do throughout a semester, they will use their cell phones, internet, newspapers, TV and radio in their research.  I will direct them to certain pages to choose from so that they have a guideline to go by.  In doing that I will also be teaching them how to accurately choose information from a selected group of sources.

1 comment:

Erin Dale said...

I too find it important to teach our students the difference between acceptable and unacceptable forms of information gathering. So many times when we are discussing a current event, my students are familiar with the topic (good thing), but don't have the proper information or facts (bad thing). Most of them get their information from social media, leaving a lot of room for errors and skewed opinions. Though I am glad that today's generation discusses worldly matters on social media outlets, I emphasize daily the importance of fact checking. Of course we all want to believe what we read, see, or hear from media outlets, but they have to understand that there is usually subjectivity with such discussion.