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My PLN

This site is serves as my PLN (personal learning network) for my Graduate studies/ my Information Fluency and Inquiry class. So, it not only serves as a blogging forum for my classes but it also features static and dynamic resources for me and for you.  Numerous links are located on this site; please look, use, and share!  I have links to my Netvibes, Twitter, and Paper.li accounts; just click on the tabs, then click on the links.  Any feedback on content, links, and tools would be greatly appreciated.

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The Filter Bubble- Post #3

Digital searching– it is a way of life. Information is readily at our fingertips 24/7. From doing a Google search for recipe ingredients in a grocery store to doing a quick search of the weather forecast, we are searchers. My family and I are in constant search of information: local history, sports, pop culture, AR books, and health just to name a few topics. I was not born after 1993; in fact, I graduated high school in 1994, but I am a digital searcher. Those days of looking topics up in the hardback encyclopedia are gone for the most part. I feel like a am pretty savvy searcher. I taught English for twelve years; having students do research was of course part of the curriculum. Use of print and non-print resources was a requirement, and I really worked with my students on how to obtain accurate, reliable information. And as always, the more we teach, the more we learn. I’m careful consider something to be hard facts unless I’ve checked sources. Is the health information I’m reading from a reliable source or is it an opinion from someone’s blog? While checking accuracy and reliability is our responsibility, apparently there is another looming problem: the filter bubble. It seems we might be trapped in a filter bubble, AND we might not be searching in the most efficient in reliable manner. I was quite shocked after The Filter Bubble Ted talk! I even called my husband in the room to watch it again with me! While I know the computer knows your personality when it comes to ads, I had no idea searches are biased, too! While I love Google and its tools, I think duckduckgo.com might also be an option for me, and I will certainly want to convey this to my students. Using curation tools and responsible searching techniques are vital skills for our society; we must become and create responsible digital citizens. Here are a few helpful links with tips and information on this:
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/01/50-tools-to-harness-power-of-web.html
http://www.scoop.it/t/igeneration-21st-century-education/p/3045612546/2012/10/20/toolkit-helps-students-become-responsible-digital-citizens
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/defining-literacy-digital-world-915.html?tab=3#tabs

Happy searching!

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Information Fluency and Inquiry Post #2

A response to a video (InfoWhelm) and  My Daily Info-Wrangling Routine, Creating Classrooms We Need, and The Journey from Digital Literacy to Digital Fluency….

After viewing the video and reading the assigned blog posts, I found the commonality to be growth through information, information analysis, and information sharing.  Whether you are a digital novice or a digital expert, there is an abundance of information available 24/7 and numerous outlets for sharing. Not only does the above mentioned process help expand the mind of the non-teaching individual, but the process is essential for today’s teachers and students.  I found the blog post “Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning” to have so much valuable information.  I loved the section ” Teachers Teach Kids, Not Subjects” because it is so true.  In today’s data driven/test focused educational system, sometimes we lose sight of this.  If we teach students and allow them to experiment, create, and investigate use digital and non-digital methods, we are on the right track.  I think the key is to teach ourselves and to teach students to be responsible digital investigators, teach them to analyze their findings, and make them proficient in some of the many wonderful ways to share what they learned.

As far as my learning goals, I was able to the author of ” The Journey from Digital Literacy to Digital Fluency.” I’m glad to know there are others who are  still learning and mastering the tools of the digital world.  There’s still hope for me!

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Learning Goals for Information Fluency and Inquiry Post #1

As you might already know, my name is Bethany Lucas.  I a former teacher of English, current stay-at-home mom, current Graduate student, current Board of Education member, and future librarian.  This semester I have four learning goals for my Information Fluency and Inquiry.  Goals: 1. Learn more about how to gather credible information from digital sources 2. Learn how to transfer this knowledge to students 3. Become more skilled in Web 2.0 tools 4. Learn how to share Web 2.0 knowledge with other learners so that they might use them to share, collaborate, and create.

I hope to master all of these concepts and more by the end of the semester!