Introduction to Information Literacy
A Skills Approach to ICT

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Session 1
Information Literacy :
The Whys and Wherefores

Essential Questions:
1. What is "information literacy" and why is it important to our teaching?
2. How do we define a process for teaching the critical thinking and problem solving skills our students need?

Big6 in Many Languages
Course requirements
Assignment planner

"Did You Know?" Powerpoint  - (Koelker version)

"Did You Know?" - Movie version

Tuning In to Jon Stewart, and Britney Schmidt

Information Literacy Overview
Learning for the 21st Century - Partnership for 21st Century Skills Report
Information Problems worksheet
The Whole Enchillada (yummmm......)
The Big6 Overview
Santa Uses the Big6
Choosing Your Socks with Big6
Choosing Shoes with Big6
Ribs: the ground-breaking Powerpoint

iGoogle - Create accounts for Gmail, Blogger, Page Creator, and Google Documents

Text Work - Google Documents - Chapter 2

Blog: "If all our children learn to do is read, they will not be literate." David Warlick

Additional Optional Readings
Literacy in the Digital Age

The World is Flat - Book Summary


Session 2
Task Definition Part I:
How do you know what you need to know?

Essential Questions:
How do we help students understand their learning tasks?
How does careful task definition make teaching more effective and efficient?

Text work - Chapter 6 with notes

Examples from the classroom: Dan Wolotsky - Questions, Task Definition, and the Big Juicy
Grading Yoda Sabrina Ali
Essential Questions from the student point of view
"Understanding by Design" - Essential Questions

Essential Questions Powerpoint from Wiggins and McTighe
Writing your own essential questions
For the Best Answers, Ask Tough Questions

Gargoyles -
Jamie MacKenzie
Plagiarism: Who's Problem Is It?
Student sample - Eleanor Roosevelt
Turn It In or
Plagiarism-proofing Assignments - Doug Johnson
Activity: Jigsaw the 16
InfoTech at SPSD - Find 3 blacklines that you like - Find 3 interesting teacher resources - then go to the Big6 Ready-Made Projects

Blog: Begin your class journal on the blog created for you. Note your reflections and the implications of this learning for your teaching.

Blogger's Contract - Use this or your version of it to establish ground rules for blogging with your students.

BLOGGER SAFETY ALERT - Use this link to find out how to remove the Navigation Bar from your Blogger pages: Remove nav bar - This will take a bit of learning to do, but it is worth the effort to keep kids from wandering into objectionable content.


Additional Optional Readings:
Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions

Assignment: The Big6 and Student Achievement


Session 3
Evaluation Part I:
"I'm not so sure this is going well...."

Essential Question:
How do formative evaluations guide the information problem-solving process?

Text Work: Chapter 11 - Secondary level text pp. 163-167 and p.188 with notes - Elementary level text pp. 113 - 115 and p. 124

Student example of a formative evaluation
Formative Assessment Powerpoint - "Exploring Formative Assessment: Assessment for Learning"
Backward Design - Jigsaw in thirds: Overview, Step 1, Step 2
Barbara Jansen's Research Paper Organizer - secondary
Barbara Jansens's Big 6 Assignment Organizer - elementary
InfoTech - Big6 Assignment Planner

Natural Disasters Summative Evaluation Rubric - Grade 6
Rubric Makers - InfoTech site
Begin project planning
Assignment planner - Start filling this in for your project.




Session 4
Information Seeking Strategies:
Consider your options....

Essential Question:
What are the best sources of information available to solve a problem?

Brainstorm: The problem of local robberies
4 Blackline masters

Text Work: Chapter 7 with notes

Minerva worksheet
Marvel graphic organizer
Marvel worksheet

Blog - Post your project Essential Question - then respond to someone else's


Session 5
Location and Access Part I:
It's around here someplace...


Essential Question:
How can you find what you want without wasting time on what you don't want?

Review - Saving files in Marvel & RSS in Marvel

Text Work: Chapter 8 with notes
Key Words: Big6 Blackline - CyberSmart Student Activity

Keyword Generator
Boolean Operators(Rockwell Schrock) - Boolean Operators (Bowling Green State University)

The Google Game
Reading URLs
More URL Information
Wikis and Blogs
Jay Cargill's class wiki at Kaler

   Our Picture Book Wiki

    Sample class blog - Anne Smith's 9th Honors
Searching Within a Webpage   - Columbus' interest in Costa Rica


Blog - We're at the half-way point in the class. How do you think the course so far will impact your teaching?


Session 6
Location and Access Part II:
All information is not created equal.

Essential Question: What makes a good source good? presentation

Teaching Zack to Think - Roundtable reactions
ICYouSee - T is for Thinking - Paired work with "4 stupid assignments"
Is It Real...Or Is It...? use with worksheet p. 11 and p. 31

Using Subject Directories

Research your project topic using these subject directories:
Librarian’s Internet Index
Google Directory
Kids Click!

Optional Reading: How to choose a search engine or directory

Blog - Remember David Warlick? Reply again: "If all our children learn to do is read, they will not be literate."


Session 7
Use of Information Part I:

"Organize or Die!"


Essential Question:
How can information be "harvested" for use in problem solving?

Text work: Chapter 9 Use of Information - Notetaking

Trash-N-Treasure Notetaking
ANWR Trash-N-Treasure  - Model T-N-T
Fever Trash-N-Treasure
Graphic Organizers for Notetaking - from the InfoTech site
Electronic Notetaking - Urgent Need to Use Both Eyes

Assessing ICT Literacy

Blog -  What have you used from this class in your teaching already this year? 


Session 8
Use of Information Part II:

Getting ready to "make the magic happen"


Essential Question:
What tools can help with preparing to use information to present learning?

Projects - Self Evaluation Rubric - Assignment planner
Last blog replies
Assessing ICT Literacy - Process reading

Graphic Organizers for the Big6 Stages
Tips: PowerPoint Part II - Note-taking
Making Powerpoint Note Cards -

Example (from Information Literacy Instruction and Fair Use)
Practice: Information Literacy article for note-taking in Powerpoint or Keynote


Citation Maker - Elementary - Citation Maker - Secondary
Citation Maker Directions
Citation Maker Note-taking pages
Knight Cite - Advanced Citation Website

Create Works Cited list of resources

Blog - What strategies are you using to help students avoid plagiarism in their school work? 


Session 9
Synthesis Part I:
"The play's the thing."

Essential Question:
How can one best represent her/his learning to a genuine audience?

Text Work: Chapter 10 Synthesis - Read and add notes to note-taking form

** Project
Ideas - from Newsbanks Resource Center on Big6

iGoogle - It'll change your life

Blog - What time do you need to devote to teaching process skills so that your students can effectively synthesize their project?


Session 10
Synthesis Part II:
Is it all together yet?

Essential Question:
How does the recursive nature of Big6 affect the synthesis of information in learning?

One school's Big6 Projects: sample and review - Kindred School Big6
Middle and high school - "The Big6 Research Project" - "Visual Literacy: The Memorial Project" - More like these

Pairs - Discuss synthesis options - Newsbank ideas
Project work time

Is PowerPoint Evil? - read and discuss

PowerPoint 2003 Basics
Intro to Publisher (Print documents and web pages)

Copyright Webquest

Helping With Homework: A Parent's Guide

Blog: What skills (technology, oral presentation, etc) do you need to teach your students for your project?


Session 11
Evaluation Part II:

Essential Question:
How do summative evaluations help finalize a learning experience?

Project Checklists

The New "Homework" - More on the parent connection
Multimediocracy - Reading from Jamie McKenzie
MultiMedia Mania Student Checklist
MultiMedia Mania Rubric (printable version here)
MultiMedia Product Rubric

Big6 Quiz - Whaddya know??

Blackline Masters on Evaluation

Evaluating Units of Instruction the Big6 Way - Barbara Jansen
Printable Checklist

Newsbank's Big6 Resource Center

Test Your ILQ (Information Literacy Quotient)- Be sure to add your email address so the answers and your score can be sent to you!

Our Assignment Planners

Blog: TOTALLY OPTIONAL - Your final thoughts and comments (on anything at all, including the Pats vs. Vikes, or the chocolate cake).



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