Information Literacy Professional Development

This summer, my department and I are working on a professional development project to map out a K-12 Information Literacy curriculum for our school, plus write some research based stories on how to implement it… Here’s the outline. What are your thoughts? Do you have other readings that have formed your Information Literacy curriculum? What would you add or take away? Do you have a framework? Lots of questions…

Goal: As a department, our goal is to create a K-12 Information Literacy skills matrix with research based example projects that can be used as a reference for the school.

ALA’s Information Literacy Standards and the Big 6
Classroom Instruction that Works
The Learning Leader: Chapter 7 – Leadership and Effective Feedback: The Dilemmas of Grading
Formative Evaluation Papers
* Stiggins, Richard J. and Chappius, Jan (2006). What a difference a word makes
* Stiggins, Richard J. (2005). Rethinking the Motivational Dynamics of Productive Assessment.
* A list of Formative Evaluation Papers:
Information Literacy Podcast from Bob Sprankle
NCQ Talk — Telling a story Podcast
21st Century Information Fluency Project: Featured Search Challenge

Global Context:
The World is Flat – Thomas Friedman
A Whole New Mind – Dan Pink

Questions to Answer
How do we teach media/information literacy at each grade level?
What are the skills that we want students to have?
What are the narratives/stories about teaching/learning each skill? Podcast them.

Read books by Mid-July.
Document on K-12 Tech and Information Literacy Skills via the wiki.
Have a day in August where we get back together to create narratives then discuss how and where to implement next year.

3 thoughts on “Information Literacy Professional Development

  1. Particularly in older grades, perhaps the most effective way to teach information literacy is for students to learn it themselves rather than being told what it mean to be information literate. In other words, you might ask the students what it means to be information literate at the beginning of the Twenty-First Century and then encourage their responses. You might ask the stdudents to write down five questions that they do not know the answers to but would like to learn more about with regards to information literacy and then require them to go and find the answers. One reason that it’s important to empower the students is that many students are more information literate than adults.

    Andy Pass

  2. Alex,

    I can’t believe how similar our reading lists are and how much our work is similar. I’ll be definitely peeking into to your wiki and hopefully contributing.

    I’m wondering about a post a read today regarding “a href=””>re-inventing wheels.

  3. Alex,

    I am also the Director of Academic Technology at the North Shore Country Day School and have been pointed to your thoughts via the Collaborative Commons and other ways.

    I too have been challeged to develop a set of technology and information literacy skills at my k-12 school which is outside of Chicago. I was hoping that we may collaborate in this, as it seems you have a team of people who are working on this task and the challenge has currently only been given to me.

    It seems your team and I have been working off of similar reading lists. Look forward to hearing from you.

    Could I gain access to your wiki

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