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?
"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
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
Gargoyles - Jamie MacKenzie
Plagiarism: Who's Problem Is It?
Student sample - Eleanor Roosevelt
Turn It In or Ask.com
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
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.
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
Blog - Post your project Essential Question - then respond to someone else's
How can you find what you want without wasting time on what you don't want?
Boolean Operators(Rockwell Schrock) - Boolean Operators (Bowling Green State University)
The Google Game
More URL Information
Wikis and Blogs
Jay Cargill's class wiki at Kaler
Essential Question: What makes a good source good?
Blog - Remember David Warlick? Reply again: "If all our children learn to do is read, they will not be literate."
"Organize or Die!"
How can information be "harvested" for use in problem solving?
Text work: Chapter 9 Use of Information - Notetaking
ANWR Trash-N-Treasure - Model T-N-T
Graphic Organizers for Notetaking - from the InfoTech site
Electronic Notetaking - Urgent Need to Use Both Eyes
Blog - What have you used from this class in your teaching already this year?
Getting ready to "make the magic happen"
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 -
Create Works Cited list of resources
Blog - What strategies are you using to help students avoid plagiarism in their school work?
How can one best represent her/his learning to a genuine audience?
Blog - What time do you need to devote to teaching process skills so that your students can effectively synthesize their project?
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
How do summative evaluations help finalize a learning experience?
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??
Test Your ILQ (Information Literacy Quotient)- Be sure to add your email address so the answers and your score can be sent to you!
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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