December 15 - Creative Thinking & Problem Solving through Information Literacy


Access Information Efficiently (Time) and Effectively (Sources)
  1. Websites for Student Use
    1. Pioneer Library – Shortcut on Student Devices
    2. SweetSearch - Highlighted Search
    3. Whonu - Search Google Books, Blogs & More
    4. Quinturq - Tag-Cloud based browsing
    5. Worknik - Dictionary Search with Flickr tools!
    6. Dog Pile - Chris Horne Recommends
    7. WebCrawler - Irene Peterson Recommends
  2. Apps for Student Use
    1. Dragon Search App (Free)
    2. Wiki App, so-so, Quickpedia & Wikipanion (Free)
    3. Wiki Apps, great, Wapedia & WikiTap (Free)
    4. Bing versus Safari (Free)

Evaluate Information Critically and Competently
  1. Evaluating Information Found on the Internet, http://www.library.jhu.edu/researchhelp/general/evaluating/
  2. Domain Names - Do you know what they mean?
  3. Disclaimers: http://city-mankato.us/ (read the disclaimer)
  4. Author Credibility: http://www.malepregnancy.com
      1. Author listed?
      2. Authors Qualification
      3. Contact Information Given?
      4. Conduct a Google search Male Pregnancy, Website name and/or Author Name
  5. When published and last updated? Has it changed in the past year? http://waybackmachine.org
  6. Common Sense: http://www.geoffmetcalf.com/bread.html
  7. What is the Point of View: Whose perspective is given? Are more than one opposing viewpoints presented?
      1. Information (knowledge-factual)
      2. Propaganda
      3. Misinformation (incorrect)
      4. Disinformation (deliberately false)
      5. http://www.library.jhu.edu/researchhelp/general/evaluating/counterfeit.html
      6. Parent site, Evaluating Information Found on the Internet, http://www.library.jhu.edu/researchhelp/general/evaluating/
  8. Try it Yourself!
    1. Save the Tree Octopus: http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/
    2. The Jackalope: http://www.sudftw.com/jackcon.htm
    3. Dihydrogen Monoxide http://www.angelfire.com/wa3/h200/index.html & http://www.gumbopages.com/fridge/dmho.html
    4. Science of Vampires: http://www.fvza.org/science2.html
    5. Phishing Emails - What's true, what's not? http://www.sonicwall.com/furl/phishing/
  9. Apps for Teacher Side by Side & Dual Browser

Use Information Accurately and Creatively for the Issue or Problem at Hand
  1. Project Based Learning – break into groups to look deeper at project based resources.
    1. Splice
    2. Slideshow Builder
    3. Story Kit
    4. Docs2Go

Manage the Flow of Information from a Wide Variety of Sources
  1. Scaffolding and Graphic Organizers
    1. TeacherVision http://www.teachervision.fen.com/graphic-organizers/printable/6293.html, only 5 free downloads and then you need to subscribe to their site.
    2. Education Oasis http://www.educationoasis.com/curriculum/graphic_organizers.htm
    3. Freeology.com http://freeology.com/graphicorgs/index.php
    4. Exploratree http://www.exploratree.org.uk/
    5. Download Thinking Templates: http://www.teachertools.org/forms_dynam.asp
    6. Education Place http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/
    7. Read Write Think: http://www.readwritethink.org/search/?resource_type=18

Apply a Fundamental Understanding of the Ethical/Legal Issues Surrounding the Access and Use of Information
  1. Digital Footprint, http://avg.typepad.com/files/digitalbirthsglobal.pdf
  2. Creative commons, http://www.creativecommons.org
  3. Flickr Storm: http://www.gumbopages.com/fridge/dmho.html