Introduction to Information Literacy
A Skills Approach to ICT

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Essential Question:
How can teachers transform their teaching to meet the 21st century needs of learners?  

Session 1
Information Literacy :
The Whys and Wherefores

Session 1 Guiding 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)

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

Text Work - Note-taking with a graphic organizer - Chapter 2

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

Blogging instructions for

Additional Optional Readings
Literacy in the Digital Age

The World is Flat - Book Summary

Assignment: worksheet pages 3-2 and 3-3


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

Session 2 Guiding Questions:
How do we help students understand their learning tasks?
How does careful task definition make teaching more effective and efficient?

Starter activity: 
The Big6 and Student Achievement

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

Text work - Chapter 6 with notes

Essential Questions Powerpoint from Wiggins and McTighe
For the Best Answers, Ask Tough Questions  

Gargoyles - Jamie MacKenzie 
Writing your essential questions.  Write 2 essential questions you might use in an upcoming unit or project. Type yours on our blog as a comment.

Plagiarism: Who's Problem Is It?
Student sample - Eleanor Roosevelt
Turn It In or
Plagiarism-proofing Assignments - Doug Johnson
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.


Additional Optional Readings:
Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions


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

Blogging video

Review Text Work on chapter 6 - Task Definition

Session 3 Guiding 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 

Begin project planning: Task Analysis - Select the project or unit you will focus on. Break down the project into steps. We aren't concerned with Big6 terminology here.
Tech connection: Using Tables in Word and Creating a Task Analysis Table in Word.

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

Assignment planner 

Blog - Journal reflections on this session and include your thoughts on the how your project will develop.



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

Session 4 Guiding Question:
What are the best sources of information available to solve a problem?

Text Work: Chapter 7 with notes

Brainstorm: The problem of offensive drivers


Minerva worksheet
Marvel graphic organizer
Marvel worksheet

4 Blackline masters

Assignment planner 

BlogJournal reflections on this session - Thought for the day: What is this blog good for??


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


Session 5 Guiding Question:
How can you find what you want without wasting time on what you don't want?


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

Ms. Dewey - not your typical search engine/librarian....

Keyword Generator
Boolean Operators(Rockwell Schrock) - Boolean Operators (Bowling Green State University)
Google Blackjack and Boolean Quiz
The Google Game

Search Tips - from the Wall Street Journal Online

Internet Search Strategies - Mahoney's library resources page

Reading URLs
More URL Information

Searching Within a Webpage

Synthesis Preview: Wikis - online collaboration 
The Wright 3
Our class wiki project

Jay Cargill's class wiki at Kaler

Blog - Journal your learning tonight.


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

Session 6 Guiding Question:
What makes a good source good?

Project work time

Teaching Zack to Think - Roundtable reactions 

Brainstorm: What makes a good source good? 

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 

*new* Tips for Evaluating Sources - from Diana Hacker's "Research and Documentation" site

Wikipedia - Should students use Wikipedia as a research source? Research and decide.


Blog - Journal tonight's learnings. 


Session 7
Use of Information Part I:

"Organize or Die!"


Session 7 Guiding Question:
How can information be "harvested" for use in problem solving?

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

Big6 Video clip - Stage 4
Text work: Chapter 9 Use of Information - Notetaking

Example: Motion Blindness  - Auto summarize in Word

Trash-N-Treasure Notetaking
ANWR Trash-N-Treasure  - Model T-N-T
Fever Trash-N-Treasure
- Create an account and practice with this free active graphic organizer
Note-taking with Young Ones (Big6 site for elementary)
Ideas About Note Taking - (Big6 site for grades 7-12)

Graphic Organizers for Notetaking - from the InfoTech site, choose 2 GOs that you would use in your classroom - share with the group
Electronic Notetaking - Urgent Need to Use Both Eyes

Practice - Assessing ICT Literacy

Blog - Journal tonight's learnings. 


Session 8
Use of Information Part II:

Getting ready to "make the magic happen"


Session 8 Guiding 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 -
Notes from "Assessing ICT Literacy" in form

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 ppt.

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

Blog -  Journal tonight's learning.

***Late addition: Microsoft's Quick Reference Guides - Use these to help with these programs (you'll need the district password to open these):
Windows XP (while it lasts)

Mac Versions are coming...


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

Session 9 Guiding 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

Ideas - from Newsbanks Resource Center on Big6

Is PowerPoint Evil? - read and discuss 

Powerpointers  - Creating Effective Powerpoint Presentations
Tips from the pros - Garr Reynolds' Top Ten

PowerPoint 2003 Basics

Powerpoint practice - Create a ppt on something you know about - don't research this time - learn to save graphics from the Internet for use in projects by visiting Retrieving Internet Media from the Plano, Texas school Technology Guides page.

BlogJournal tonight's learning.


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

Session 10 Guiding Question:
How does the recursive nature of Big6 affect the synthesis of information in learning? - Powerpoint by SPK

Online version

Sharon Betts' Wiki about most everything you could want to know, at least to start, about assignment: Find 2 websites related to information literacy and add them to your account with the tag spsdinfolit for everyone to share.

Journal tonight's learning.


Session 11
Synthesis Part III & Evaluation Part II:

Session 11 Guiding Question:
How do summative evaluations help finalize a learning experience?

One school's Big6 Projects: sample and review - CESA5 Portage WI - Project Big 6
 "The Big6 Research Project" - "Visual Literacy: The Memorial Project" - More like these
Review several project ideas and use your blog to comment on what you find that's useful ther

Intro to Publisher (Print documents and web pages) - Create a tent fold name sign with some graphics and WordArt. Then experiment with Publisher templates of your choice.

Google Page Creator - Free web page creator. Always available. Trouble creating accounts!!

Why Page Creator?
Google Page Creator Basics

Helping With Homework: A Parent's Guide

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

Blackline Masters on Evaluation

Project Checklists

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

Project Work

Blog: Journal tonight's learning.


Session 12
Wrapping Up:

Session 12 Guiding Question:
Are you ready to run with Big6 in your classroom?

Multimediocracy - Reading from Jamie McKenzie
MultiMedia Mania Student Checklist
MultiMedia Mania Rubric (printable version here)
MultiMedia Product Rubric

Blackline Masters on Evaluation

Project Checklists

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

DISCUSSION: How do you see yourself using Big6 in the coming year?

Sharing Presentations - Project Summaries form - Our Projects

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!

Course Evaluation

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