M1 Resources: Information Fluency

inquiryThe resources in Module 1 were definitely insightful to information presented online and inquiry learning.

The first article, My Daily Info-Wrangling Routine by Bryan Alexander, almost stressed me out a little bit! I cannot imagine going through hundreds of feeds, podcasts, e-mail, social media, and print materials! It seems crazy to me. And to think that this guy does this daily! I can barely remember to check my e-mail and Facebook a few times a day, let alone the, what must be, thousands of resources this man must have.

The second article, Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning, by Tina Barseghian gave a lot of helpful information for ways to bring inquiry-based learning into the classroom today. Her tips were helpful and insightful, and didn’t seem too out of reach. Some of the tips were tips that teachers must have in an everyday classroom anyway – be flexible, don’t be boring, and foster joy. She makes a statement that “if by the end of the year, they still need me, I haven’t done my job … They have to be self-driven, independent thinkers.”

The third article, The Journey from Digital Literacy to Digital Fluency by Karen Lirenman, is ultimately where I’d like to be in terms of digital fluency. I would love to use more technology in the classroom, be able to share information through technology, understand Twitter, electronically interact with people… but right now, it all seems very overwhelming for me (and I’m only 23 years old!) The author makes a good point that learning digital fluency is like learning a new language; I’m sure that it gets easier over time, but when you’re just starting out, it does seem tricky and overwhelming.

Finally, the video InfoWhelm and Information Fluency, absolutely shocked me! I had Pile of books isolated on white backgroundabsolutely no idea that we produced so much content! Thirteen stacks of book from Earth to Pluto… that is crazy and something that I cannot even fathom! I have a stack of maybe seven or eight books on my nightstand that I have yet to read; I think that stack of books is tall and a lot of information – 13 stacks of book 4.65 billion miles long… I can’t even imagine. And honestly, it made me wonder how long it would take Bryan Alexander from the first article to consume it all – ha! I definitely think that the video raised some good points as far as teaching students digital literacy. With so much information out there, students need to know how to find the best content. A lot of students that I know type in whole questions into Google and often times go with the first link and use that as their only source. Often times they’ll only use Wikipedia. With the amount of content that students can potentially have access to, they definitely need to understand how to find multiple sources, find appropriate sources, apply information to real-world situations, and determine fact from opinion.

M1 Resources: Information Fluency