Information Literacy

What is it?   Information Literacy is the ability to find, evaluate and use information.

Why is it important?  Basic literacy, while important, does not prepare our students navigate the wealth (and sometimes, deluge) of information available to them. They need skills to help them know what resources to use, how to find them, how to determine validity and, how the information can be used.

How do we teach it?  We start by rethinking the assignments we give our students. The traditional, topical project or paper needs to be replaced with research questions which incorporate higher order thinking skills. The research process must be taught. Ethical use of technology needs to be discussed and understood by not only students, but also educators and parents