Information Literacy in the primary grades
Sometimes things are worth repeating. I posted this on U Tech Tips, but I like David’s article so much I thought I’d post it here as well.
David Warlick does some of his best writing at 3am. This post is a perfect example! Dave discusses teaching information literacy in the primary grades. I’ll be adding this to the U Tech Tips’ Must Read list. Dave gives 4 great suggestion on how primary teachers can start laying the ground work for information literacy and teaching students the ethics of information.
So, Ill be telling my K-2 teachers today, to teach their students to respect the information. Ill tell them
- When they talk about information, always work in where the information came from, who produced it, and why it is reliable
- When they introduce information, include the search process. Show
the students the web page but start with Yahooligans, and include the
search process that found the web page.
- When students write something, or draw something, or produce a video or audio something, they should copyright it. Include Copyright (c) by students name 2006. Give them the sense of owning information and being responsible for it.
- When bringing community helpers into the classroom, ask them, How
do you use the Internet to save lives? or, How do you use e-mail to
serve your constituents?
I wonder how many times teachers have plagiarize? How many times do we take a lesson from someone else, adapt it and use it without giving credit to the original creator? Or how many times have we cut the Copyright off the bottom of a worksheet? The best way to teach others to respect information is by showing them that we are not afraid to give credit to others. These 4 steps to respecting information is a great start! I encourage you to read the whole article.