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    What is Information Literacy?

    Information literacy includes the ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively. From effective search strategies to evaluation techniques, students learn how to evaluate the quality, credibility, and validity of websites, and give proper credit. Information Literacy has also been referred to as digital literacy or media literacy. Regardless of the terminology, be it digital literacy or media literacy, having information literacy skills are the fundamentals to thrive in a digital space. (Source:Commonsense.org)

    What to Know

    Today’s digital landscape offers the world unprecedented access to tools and resources for learning. The information that students encounter, however, is not always accurate or high-quality. Foundational information and digital literacy skills, such as conducting strategic online searches, judging the legitimacy of online sources, sifting out misinformation, and recognizing advertising, can help set kids up for success as lifelong learners. For example, students can learn to search effectively and efficiently with the right kinds of keywords. They also can learn that sponsored links (which commonly appear at the top of the search result list) are forms of ads and therefore not always the best resources. When students also get in the habit of checking out an author’s credibility or bias, questioning whether a photo has been digitally altered, or cross-referencing sources, they can avoid being misinformed or duped. (Source:Commonsense.org)

    Why Teach It

    Help your students …

    • learn effective techniques for evaluating the quality and credibility of websites.
    • think critically about the intentions of commercial websites and advertising.
    • apply different search strategies to increase the accuracy and relevance of online search results.

    Too often, students who are looking for information online— particularly for their assignments — conduct an oversimplified search that leads to millions of results. With a sea of information at their fingertips, it is crucial for students to think about how they search and what they find online. As an instructor, you can help your students develop strategies for uncovering accurate, relevant, and quality information — whether conducting online research or exploring their personal interests. (Source:Commonsense.org)

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