Saturday, March 28, 2009

Information fluency resources for the week.

These are annotated links I shared on Diigo this week. Join our group and share your research as well! (See link at the bottom of this post.) ~ Dennis
  • A collection of resources that support a multi-literacies approach to teaching and learning, 21st Century Literacies focus on information, media, multicultural and visual literacies. Includes lesson plans by grade level, bibliographies, and pathfinders. Published for the AT&T/UCLA Initiative for the 21st Century Literacies.

    Tags: resources for librarians, lesson planning, information literacy, multi-literacies, media literacy, multi cultural

  • Tags: information literacy

    • Each year librarians at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse teach a "one-shot" lesson in information literacy to 2000 students enrolled in an introductory communication studies course. Students attend the lesson in groups of about 25 in the library. Concerned about the quality of the experience, the librarians decided to make the lesson the subject of a lesson study. They wanted to better understand what students get out of the lesson and how to improve the experience so that students achieve proficiency in research skills and learn how to use libarary resources and services.
    • They presented their work, Lesson Study: An Experience in Collaborative Inquiry, at the Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians in April 2007. They also published their lesson study, Teaching Library Information Literacy Skills to Students Enrolled in an Introductory Communication Course: A Collaborative Study in the UW System Teaching Forum.
  • A professionally produced overview of Diigo. Good for the user looking to better understand the many features of Diigo. This video works to sell the service by showing you the technology and explaining the concepts underlying social bookmarking. As a long time delicious user, I understand the power of social bookmarking. As an online teacher and learner, I now use Diigo exclusively. (Although I have my Diigo account set up to automatically add all of my bookmarks to my Delicious account as well!) It's the best of both worlds!

    Tags: diigo, youtube, social bookmarking

    • Diigo ~ more than a research tool - a knowledge sharing community. Easy-to-use and so powerful... Check it out!
  • The author of this video JD Travers ends his video presentation by saying "There's a lot more to Diigo than this little Trick". He's so right!

    But as tricks go, this is very clever. Travers shows us how you can use Diigo and Google Groups to create an interactive discussion board. As a power-searcher and e-learning teacher I see great possibilities with this approach.

    Tags: youtube, diigo, google groups

    • Diigo social bookmarking and annotation is very effective for teachers to provide student feedback to online work, and supports student responses and comments to each other.
  • This video works best as a conceptual overview of how the Diigo slides feature can be used to create a variety of different web-based presentations. I'd recommend this video as an 'eye opener' to the potential uses for this remarkable social bookmarking site.

    On the other hand, it is is not a 'How to' video. Well worth watching for anyone involved in e-learning, collaborative research, blended teaching environments, library media studies, web 2.0 communications.

    Tags: webslides, diigo, knowledge sharing, web 2.0, social bookmarking, e-learning

    • Converting bookmarks & RSS feeds to slideshow in minutes!
      More powerful and easy to use functions! Check it out!
  • This is a terrific list of sites. What makes it even better (from my point of view) is that at LEAST one of the sites on the list isn't a hoax, but a legitimate site. Ah... what a sweet evaluation challenge!

    Tags: hoax, evaluation, information fluency, information literacy

    • Geoffrey James has liste a number of "hoax sites" that are new to me. I love it! I'm particularly happy to see that he's been mislead in at least one instance. There's at least one legitimate site on his list of hoaxes. Sweet! - By Dennis OConnor
    • It’s no secret that bad information abounds on the web. The most dangerous information, of course, is the kind that’s posted with a hidden agenda, such as paid content masquerading as real content.
    • What I find fascinating about these sites is that most of them are more interesting, more detailed and better presented than the “serious” sites they’re imitating.
  • Being online means being 'In Public'. We might know this intellectually, but seeing this list of what Google Knows, may shock some.

    The real issue here is not that information about our online habits is stored by Google, it's how that information may be used.

    Tags: Google, ejustice, privacy

    • By Courtney Phillips

      Google is the go-to provider of many things online-search, email, maps, and more. But have you ever stopped to consider all of the information you’re sharing with Google? Read on, and find out all of the dirt that Google has on you.

    • What you’re searching for: Google is used by millions of people worldwide-and they know what every user is searching for, even if it’s not personally identifiable.
  • A library students overview of Diigo. He provides good information that may help us better understand the underlying concepts of social bookmarking.

    Watch this video and you're likely to discover some features of Diigo that you've missed, and that you will find useful.

    Tags: diigo, youtube, video, tagging

  • Tags: information fluency, information-architechture

    • Title: Teaching Library Information Literacy Skills to Students Enrolled in an Introductory Communication Course: A Collaborative Study
    • Executive Summary

      Our interdisciplinary lesson study group developed a collaborative learning experience designed to introduce CST110 students to library resources and research skills. The lesson was both interactive and hands-on. It was intended to serve as the model or template for all librarians to use when providing information literacy instruction for CST 110 classes. It included general library information, instruction about, and hands-on experience with, several library databases, exercises in evaluating resource credibility, and exercises in generating American Psychological Association (APA) style citations from several library databases. We utilized the new lesson for the first time on February 8, 2006.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of Information Fluency group favorite links are here.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Podcast: “Primary Source Learning Online” with Stephanie Norby of the Smithsonian

Smithsonian exploration of the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln

Hosts Susan Manning and Dan Balzer (well known for their great Learning Times Green Room podcast series), talk with Stephanie Norby, executive director of the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies.

Stephanie’s group hosted a very exciting online conference, bringing together curators and educators across the Smithsonian to explore the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. Over three thousand participants logged in for the conference, from over 700 cities and 26 countries.

I hope you will will enjoy Stephanie's unique insights on the process - as well as get a glimpse of life within the world's largest museum complex and research organization, composed of 19 museums, 9 research centers, and the National Zoo.

Stephanie will also be sharing her expertise as a keynote speaker at the 7th Annual International Online Conference for Teaching and Learning, and will offer a tour of the many free teaching resources available online from the Smithsonian museums.

IOC 2009 takes place completely online March 30-31, 2009. For more information visit:

Hope to see you there!

IOC 2009 is sponsored by LearningTimes, the Illinois Online Network (ION), and Lake Land College with the support of The Cutting Ed and the LT Green Room. Additional support is provided by Illinois Community Colleges Online (ILCCO), Jossey-Bass, WebStudy and the Master of Science in Adult Education program at Indiana University.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

21cif 03/25/2009

Posted from Diigo. The rest of Information Fluency group favorite links are here.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Teaching Copyright & Fair Use with Disney Cartoon Clips

It's time to stop running scared. Educational Fair Use norms are changing. As educators we have a right to use copyright materials as part of our instruction. For years Disney has been aggressively enforcing their copyrights. However we have a fair use right to use Disney media... as long as we follow the norms of fair use. This video uses hundreds of clips from Disney to explain the basic concepts!

Posted from Diigo. The rest of Information Fluency group favorite links are here.