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Test Your Search Skills Try More Challenges... Our Model Digital Information Fluency (DIF) is the ability to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically. DIF involves Internet search skills that start with understanding how digital information is different from print information, knowing how to use specialized tools for finding digital information and strengthening the dispositions needed in the digital information environment. As teachers and librarians develop these skills and teach them to students, students will become better equipped to achieve their information needs.

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The Literature Review: A Few Tips On Conducting It Printable PDF Version Fair-Use Policy What is a review of the literature? A literature review is an account of what has been published on a topic by accredited scholars and researchers. Occasionally you will be asked to write one as a separate assignment (sometimes in the form of an annotated bibliography—see the bottom of the next page), but more often it is part of the introduction to an essay, research report, or thesis. In writing the literature review, your purpose is to convey to your reader what knowledge and ideas have been established on a topic, and what their strengths and weaknesses are. As a piece of writing, the literature review must be defined by a guiding concept (e.g., your research objective, the problem or issue you are discussing, or your argumentative thesis).

Using Primary Sources - Teachers Primary sources are the raw materials of history — original documents and objects which were created at the time under study. They are different from secondary sources, accounts or interpretations of events created by someone without firsthand experience. Examining primary sources gives students a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past. Helping students analyze primary sources can also guide them toward higher-order thinking and better critical thinking and analysis skills. Before you begin:

How to search the net (see paragraph called "week 3") Joséphine Rémon Oral comprehension : Oral and written comprehension : Oral and written comprehension : Information Literacy: definitions and models Bawden (2001) has produced a review article about interpretations of information literacy, and alternative words and phrases that are sometimes used (e.g. information competency, mediacy). The phrase "information skills" (rather than information literacy) is used, for example, by the Standing Conference of National and University Libraries (SCONUL) in the name of its Task Force, and was used by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) when tendering for a project looking at training in UK further and higher education ( The Big Blue, 2001) . Although some people are afraid that learners will be put off by the word "literacy" (since they could resent being seen to be illiterate), Bawden shows that information literacy is still the most commonly used phrase to describe the concept.

Literature Reviews What this handout is about This handout will explain what literature reviews are and offer insights into the form and construction of literature reviews in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Introduction OK. You’ve got to write a literature review. You dust off a novel and a book of poetry, settle down in your chair, and get ready to issue a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” as you leaf through the pages. Why Use Primary Sources? Primary sources provide a window into the past—unfiltered access to the record of artistic, social, scientific and political thought and achievement during the specific period under study, produced by people who lived during that period. Bringing young people into close contact with these unique, often profoundly personal, documents and objects can give them a very real sense of what it was like to be alive during a long-past era. 1. Engage students Primary sources help students relate in a personal way to events of the past and promote a deeper understanding of history as a series of human events.Because primary sources are snippets of history, they encourage students to seek additional evidence through research.First-person accounts of events helps make them more real, fostering active reading and response.

Video: Danish TV mistakes video game image for Syria - Telegraph After the opening sequence showing real images of burnt out cars and other debris from the violent conflict that has seen more than 70,000 killed, TV2 News settled upon a cartoon image showing the turrets and spires of the Syrian capital. The picture, taken from the adventure game, is a fictional version of how Damascus might have looked 720 years ago. Jacob Nybroe, the head of news at TV2, apologised after the blunder on February 26 was highlighted on social networking sites. The first series of the popular adventure game Assassin’s Creed is set in the Middle East, including in historic Damascus. In the game the player has to complete side quests, which often involve free running, climbing and stealth, before receiving an “assassin quest” from a “Brotherhood guidemaster” in the area. The Danish blunder follows a number of recent mistakes by television news channels: The BBC recently used a logo from Halo instead of that of the United Nations.

Information Literacy Access and Evaluate Information Access information efficiently (time) and effectively (sources)Evaluate information critically and competentlyUse and Manage InformationUse information accurately and creatively for the issue or problem at handManage the flow of information from a wide variety of sourcesApply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information Additional resources: 1. ALA | Information Literacy

European Conference on Information Literacy The European Conference on Information Literacy (or ECIL) is organized by the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University and Department of Information and Communication Sciences of Zagreb University. It will be held from 22-25 October 2013, at Harbiye Military Museum and Cultural Centre in Istanbul, Turkey. Please register with our system to create your personal account. Once you create an account for yourself, you can use secure areas of the system for saving, editing and sending your papers and abstracts; booking accommodation, airport transfer, excursions; paying conference registration fee; and corresponding with the organizers.

Cool Sites for Middle School Students Online Fun and Games FunBrain - Games for math, reading, and other stuff. Online Games for Kids - From Scholastic. Orisinal - Good games here. PBS Kids Games - Online games Knowledge Adventure Games National Geographic Games - Games, puzzles, mystery photos, and word searches. Internet searching checklist - Faculté des Langues : search engine directory Google is not the only search engine. Careful of the way software imposes a frame on the way you relate to information, text, data,... Internet searching 20 item checklist : 1-Your aim is to reduce the number of results on the result page. Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content I'll admit it. In my early years as a teacher, I thought that encouraging students to improve their writing invariably involved encouraging greater depth, adding more detail, crafting more complex sentences. In short, I implied to my students that the most valuable revisions involved adding to our work and that writing better equaled writing longer. Enter the infographic, the twenty-first century text/structure/genre/design that blows my earlier beliefs about "better = longer" right out of the water.