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Information Fluency Teacher Resource Kits

This is the home page for our Full Circle Resource Kits. Each Kit is designed to provide online and face to face teachers with a comprehensive set of online articles about searching, evaluating, and ethically using digital content. Includes, games, assessment ideas, and curriculum building resources. 
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New Information Fluency Online Magazine

Forgive me for not being more active on this great NING.  Wherever teacher-librarians gather I find valuable resources and deeply caring people. 

I'd like to add to the resources by sharing by new online magazine. This is a curated publishing effort that is just getting started.  I think the content will appeal to this audience. 

Digital Magazine: Information Fluency . If you like what you see, just click follow so we can stay connected.  

~ Dennis



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Common Core Standards for Librarians

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The 21st Century Information Fluency Project is offering a new self-paced online class devoted to Website Evaluation using investigative search methods.This is the first time we've offered a self-paced course designed to meet your on demand learning needs. In this course you work at your own pace in a media rich interactive environment hosted at our Moodle based online learning site.This self-paced class challenges you to evaluate websites using an extensive toolkit of investigative methods. Each interactive tutorial includes a mastery test to help you lock in valuable skills.* Start with a performance based pre-test.* Progress at your own pace learning using 9 different interactive multimedia tutorials.* Check your understanding with skills specific mastery tests.* Conclude with a performance based post test.* Earn a certificate for 8 CDPUs.* 8 hours of instructionEach investigative method includes interactive tutorials, flash based training games and a mastery test. Successful completion of this course earns you a certificate for 8 CDPU's.Interested in the Class? Open for Guest Viewing! Login as Guest!Video Overview: Investigative Search 20/10Investigative Search: Prezi Flyover (the un-slide show)Sincerely,DennisDennis O'ConnorE-Learning Specialist :Information Fluency Partners
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Powersearching in a Web 2.0 World Power-Searching In a Web 2.0 World

| 4 weeks | $99

This is a 4 week overview class suitable for beginning, intermediate, and advanced searchers.
  • We use discussions, open-book quizzes, interactive glossaries, and learning games to teach information fluency.
  • You will learn to search, evaluate, and ethically use online materials
  • We will help you locate materials specific to your needs.
  • We will show you how to investigate the credibility of the resources you find online.
  • We will help you create a personal search engine based on the online materials you select.
  • Our materials are designed to help you teach these skills to your own audience.
  • Join us! It's fun!

Introduction to Google Docs Beta Introduction to Google Docs

| 1 week | $40

This is a one week introduction to the essentials of Google Documents designed for those who have never used Google Docs. If you're using Google Docs and need some guidance we can help you learn how to use this powerful (and complex) online tool.

  • Learn to create and share online documents using Google's powerful and free document sharing tools.
  • Learn to use earlier revisions of a document.
  • Learn how to create a webpage from a Google document.
  • Ask questions and find answers working with an online facilitator.
  • Access a rich set of educator resources that will help you teach with Google Docs

Frequently Asked Questions

How many hours a week will this take?

Courses take about 5 hours per week. (You can certainly spend more time if you wish.)

Will I be working alone or with a group?

You'll be working with an online teacher who monitors the course on a daily basis. Our classes are fully moderated. That means you're working with a facilitator and other members of the class to learn together. You'll be able to get help, ask questions, and learn from both the facilitator and other participants.

What if I've never taken an online class?

We have an information rich, but low pressure learning environment. This class is a good introduction to learning online. Many of your classmates will be taking their first online course. Try it!

How will we learn online?

We take a hands-on approach. We use the Moodle online learning management system to organize and present our courses. Moodle is a popular online learning environment used around the world.
  • You follow a set of instructions that explain the goals and objectives of the course.
  • You watch online videos demonstrating essential concepts.
  • You refer to a glossary of technology terms to acquire a professional vocabulary.
  • The PowerSearching class uses discussion forums, learning games, and open book quizzes to introduce the concepts.
  • All classes have a Question and Answer forum that is monitored daily by your instructor.

What kind of technology do I need?

  • You need a reliable Internet connection.
    • We recommend a high speed connection.
    • Those using dial-up connects will need patience as the web-based materials load.
  • You need a MacIntosh or PC with an updated web browser.
    • MacIntosh with Safari or Firefox
    • PC with Firefox or Internet Explorer.
    • (Most other browsers work with our Moodle learning management system.)
    • You will also need an up dated version of Adobe's free Flash Player.
  • It is very convenient if you have access to an Internet computer at home and at work.
    • However this is not a requirement for success.
What kind of computer skills do I need?
  • You should be able to navigate the Internet with your web browser.
  • You should be able to use email.
  • You should be familiar with word processing fundamentals.
  • You should be interested in learning new communication concepts.
  • By the end of the course you'll know more about both the course topic and web 2.0 concepts!
  • It really help to be curious!

How long will I have access to the materials?

We leave the course open for at least three months after the class end date. You can return and browse the resources on your own schedule.

Is Course Credit is available?

  • Illinois Educators can earn CDPU's for our courses.
  • Educators from outside of Illinois can earn CEU's
  • No additional charge for credit.
    • However you must complete the required number of course assignments.
  • You can audit this class. (But you'll learn more with full participation.)
  • (College credit is not available at this time.)

Can I preview the courses?

Yes, follow the link below. When prompted, login as a guest. This allows you to see an outline version of the courses without enrolling.

How do I enroll & pay?

Follow the link below to set up your personal 21CIF Moodle account.

  • After you set up your account we will send you a confirmation email.
  • You will then be able to enroll and pay for the class of your choice.
  • We accept major credit cards.
    • We use a PayPal based secure payment system.
    • You do not need to become a PayPal member to use this system.
    • Your credit card information is not stored by PayPal or Information Fluency Partners.
  • When you complete the payment and registration process you will be able to login to your class.
  • The full course is available on the course opening date.
  • To pay by invoice contact:

Do you have free materials?

Yes, almost all of our materials are free online at You'll find many years of research based curriculum materials on our site. We support our research project by offering online classes, conference presentations, and custom online programming for educational and corporate clients.
Click here to visit our list of online classes. (Login as Guest to preview the courses)

21st Century Information Fluency and Moodle

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Join us at NECC 2009: TP430 Power Searching: Information Fluency at Your Fingertips
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:30pm–3:30pm

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
  • Low volume, high content free newsletter to keep you posted about new resources and developments from 21cif.

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

    • Subscribe to our free email newsletter and receive periodic updates about 21CIF including professional development opportunities and new resources.
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Online Courses in Information Fluency!

Search Help, Evaluation and Digital Ethics for School, Business and Home

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Use our modular content to snap together your own unique training course.

Power Searching in a Web 2.0 World

Next session starts September 22, 2008 (4 Weeks $99) View as Guest | Enroll | Course Description

Website Investigator: An Introduction to Information Forensics

Next session starts October 6, 2008 (2 Weeks $68) View as Guest | Enroll | Course Description

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