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Information Fluency Homepage
  • Gateway to hundreds of free online resources focused on 21st Century Information Fluency.

    Tags: 21cif, information literacy, information fluency, evaluation, web, 2.0

    • Digital Information Fluency (DIF) is the ability to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically.
  • 6 online learning games that teach evaluation skills. Multiple levels. NETS alignment!

    Tags: 21cif, information fluency, learning games

  • Information Fluency Evaluation Kit. Online resources for evaluating author, publisher, bias, links, date, evidence, and accuracy.

    Tags: 21cif, information literacy, evaluation

    • Evaluating Digital Information

      Part Five of the series Five Things Today's Digital Generation Cannot do (and what you can do to help) discusses how searchers have to invent their own evaluation standards because schools are not teaching them.

    • Teacher's Guide: Personalized Evaluation Searches

      How to use Rollyo, Swiki and Google Co-op to create personalized search engines for safe Web page evaluation practice at all grade levels.

    • Teacher's Guide to Action Zone Evaluation Games

      Recommended uses for the Bad Apple and Use It! or Lose It! online evaluation games in this Kit, including tips and answers.

    • IMSA Evaluation Wizard

      How to use our Evaluation Wizard to assess how students evaluate what they find online. (The Evaluation wizard is a 10 step online guide to investigating websites.)

  • In depth article on evaluation of digital resources by Dr. Carl Heine.

    Tags: 21cif, information literacy, information fluency, evaluation

  • Excerpts:

    • Every school administrator wants to maintain a safe distance between objectionable material and impressionable students. Blocking students from potential contact with sexual predators and other mal-information is absolutely well-intended. However, blocking sites does not help students think critically about the quality of the information they retrieve or prepare them for the real world of information they encounter outside of school.
    • Teachers may contribute to the problem by introducing filters of their own into learning experiences. In practice, it works like this: a teacher wants her class to access digital information, so she conducts a search ahead of time and selects web pages she finds credible and appropriate. Students then engage in a Web quest using pages or sites that have approved content. Aside from the intended benefits of the exercise, the students have missed an opportunity to learn skills in searching and evaluating that they need in the 21st century.
    • Our research suggests that students who search for digital information are better able to judge its credibility than students who are handed information. In a pilot study, over 100 middle school students were given a question and three relevant web pages for answering it. Two of these pages were credible. The success rate for answering the question using relevant information was 73% when the task involved reading the three pre-selected pages.
  • Guided tours of 21CIF resources perfect for workshop presentations. This is a series of webslide style sets of pages that detail 'Speculative Searching" and "Investigative Searching".

    Tags: 21cif, information literacy, information fluency, evaluation

  • A one page overview of how to check the accuracy of information. Includes a link to an online learning game to help learn essential concepts.

    Tags: 21cif, information literacy, information fluency, evaluation

    • Try this interactive micromodule companion for a hands on experience in determining the accuracy of web-based information. Test your skills at:

      • finding embedded evidence
      • checking evidence for accuracy
      • triangulation of data
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    Tags: 21cif, information literacy, information fluency, evaluation, web, 2.0

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