Summer Student, Moose Jaw Literacy Network

Shaelyn Knudson

Summer Student, Moose Jaw Literacy Network

 

Information Literacy- What is it?

Information literacy is the ability to access, evaluate, and communicate information through various forms of media. This is a skill that children can acquire at a very young age. With the transition from books and libraries to Google and Wikipedia, students have a growing need to be able to research information while finding credible resources. This is a great skill to have while doing research projects or to even find information about everyday questions that they may encounter. For younger students, this may be simple skills that include asking valuable questions and giving them the resources to find their answers. For older students, it is important to educate them on searching strategies both online and offline. This way, they are able to find their own information that will benefit them in secondary education as well as their future careers.

Teaching information literacy does not require a month-long research project. You can teach your child these skills in 30 minutes or less by:

  1. Finding a question that interests them.
  2. Locating a credible website, book, or another source.
  3. Read and understand the information that the source has given.
  4. Document the information through writing it down, creating a Word Document, PowerPoint, Prezi, or other documenting program.

Overall, it is very easy to find false information on the internet in today’s technology, so this is a great skill to teach students at a young age in order to gain the ability to find information on a day-to-day basis that is trustworthy and reliable.

 

Resources

http://www.wesleyan.edu/libr/infoforyou/infolitdefined.html

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/teaching-information-literacy-skills

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