Browsing Posts tagged information literacy

RadioLovers has archived old radio shows from the pre-television days. Bob Hope, Groucho Marx, and Laurel and Hardy are just a few among the classic voices kept alive at this site, which features free downloads of the files in MP3 format.

20 Things I Learned about Browsers and the Web is a helpful primer designed to fill in our knowledge gaps about how the web works and how it is constructed.

This article examines the differences between reading in print and reading online, and proposes some tools and strategies to help aid students’ reading comprehension and information literacy in online environments.

BY BILL FERRIS I don’t know what I did to get on the Federal Trade Commission’s radar, but I’ve gotten a bunch of email from them lately. So far, it’s all been good — the first email was for YouAreHere, a cool site that tells kids how to be savvy consumers. Now they’ve sent me […]

BY THOMAS RHEINECKER Searching the internet for information is a tricky business. There are countless resources out there but there is not a lot to govern the quality or accuracy of the information that you find. A web site may look genuine but may still contain inaccurate information. This is even more important when you […]

Google does it again.  This time it’s a new layer for Google Earth that uses NASA-funded maps to show carbon dioxide emissions from various sources.  Of course, you can download Google Earth 5 and get the information so you can make your own maps, but you can view an example here. In a classroom, maps […]

Welcome to the first Random Roundup, in which we spotlight otherwise-unrelated articles that all happen to share some arbitrary criterion — in this case, Jurassic Park, which we apparently reference pretty often. In addition to realizing that my pop culture knowledge apparently stopped in 2001, I felt these articles deserve a second look from readers. […]

“Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” This warning by Jeff Goldblum in the cinematic classic Jurassic Park is as true for discussing the hazards of reckless information consumption as it is for warning of the dangers cloning giant prehistoric monsters. […]

There’s a lively discussion in the comments over at the Reference Extract planning site: some visitors are skeptical (to say the least) about the need for a search engine that gives results “weighted towards sites most often referred to by librarians at institutions such as the Library of Congress.” But both teachers and librarians know […]

Many teachers worry about their students’ reliance on Google as a way of finding information. If you can’t get them to become library junkies, you can at least prove to them that how they do research affects what information they find. A neat little visualization tool called Thumbshots.com Ranking can help.The Ranking tool allows you […]