Wednesday, August 01, 2007

NETS-S 3: Research and Information Fluency

I'd like to beat the drum for the refreshed student nets.

My focus is on Standard 3: Research and Information Fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:

a. plan strategies to guide inquiry.

b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.

c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.

d.process data and report results.

Since the last century I've been working to train teachers in the essentials of Information Fluency.

I hope that by teaching teachers to search, evaluate, and ethically use digital information, I'll also be teaching kids. The universal cry is there isn't enough time in a test prep curriculum to teach these skills.

My answer is a combination of providing great free materials, modeling integrated units of instruction, and explaining that digital natives remain untaught and gullible when it comes to finding information on the web.

It's an uphill battle to find a way in, but worth the struggle. For years worth of free research based learning materials (including flash games, lesson plans, micro-modules, and online classes) visit the 21st Century Information Fluency Project at:

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