Information Literacy

Information Literacy-  What is it? and Why is it so important.

It is knowing when and why information is needed, how to correctly locate it, evaluate its relevancy and authenticity and how to use that information ethically by using correct citations.

But why is it so important?

Our 21st Century student, though an expert in technology, may Not know how to use all of the available reference material critically, efficiently and ethically.

Here is a great YouTube video explaining what Information Literacy is and why it is so important.

 

The Most Powerful Tool in the Classroom

Is the most powerful tool in Today’s Classroom the teacher?

The classrooms of yesterday are long gone. 21st Century learning is where today’s classrooms are.

Technology has changed how our learners learn and how they find their information. The students in today’s classroom have a wealth of information at their fingertips. The internet. Access through smart phones, laptops and tablets. The days of learning from books, lectures and power points are proven to be no longer dependable in ensuring student success of learning. They only regurgitate information retrieved from short term memory.

“The most powerful tool in the classrooms of today is the Internet, and districts, schools, and or teachers that are not dealing with this reality are truly doing a disservice to their students”.(Loyola,S.(2014) A quote that truly caught my attention. So if the most powerful tool in the classroom is the internet, what of the teachers?

Are teachers becoming obsolete?

Not if we change the role of the teacher from Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side. Change how we teach. Shift the power of learning from the teacher to the learner, empower our students to take control of their own learning.

What are your thoughts?

Will teachers even become obsolete?

References:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-wike-loyola/the-most-powerful-tool-in_b_6012136.html

 

Teaching for Tomorrow

Here is a quick video on Flipped Learning.

Taking the concept of learning new content out of the classroom, and shifting class time to meet the individual needs of each student. Students learn new content via online and class time the next day is spent deepening their learning through collaboration, group discussions or lab work.

Great concept here!