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Information Literacy Curriculum

An effective information literacy curriculum requires collaboration at many levels. Media specialists must work with teachers to establish an integrated program of meaningful, standards-based activities. Teachers must work with other educators across grade levels and content areas. In other words, the information literacy curriculum must be aligned both horizontally and vertically to ensure that knowledge and skills are introduced, reinforced, and mastered across content areas and grade levels

eye means readRead Inquiry and the 21st Century Nest. This page explores each of Callison's information inquiry areas and provides lots of examples of how they can be connected to AASL standards.

Many traditional teachers make general assignments such as "write a report on a state" or "do a PowerPoint presentation on an animal." Unfortunately, these types of activities often end with copying from Wikipedia rather than content area learning. The key to change is combining authentic inquiry with information literacy and content area skills.

eye means readRead Deep Learning through Concept-based Learning by Jean Donham in School Library Journal (September 2010). Requires an IUPUI login. Click the PDF Full Text link.

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How many times do students study about the metamorphosis of a butterfly in their school career? We've got to get teachers connected with each other. Each teacher is so focused on their curriculum that they sometimes forget that their children spend more than 12 years in school with many different teachers. It's essential that we provide the scaffolding that students need to be successful at each grade level. Each year should prepare students for success at the next level. This is particularly true of information skills. Rather than teaching the same skills over and over, consider how to build skills over time as student thinking matures and student projects evolve.

Read Let Me Count the Ways (From EBSCOhost, requires IUPUI login) by Dan Fleming in School Library Journal (August 2004, 50(8), 42). Focuses on the library's role in helping boost the mathematical ability of children. Literacy and critical thinking skills included in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks; Steps to incorporate math into library projects; Sample questions to help librarians get started with their math projects.

eye means readGo to Literacy with ICT Across the Curriculum and explore this outstanding website. The project is intended to help educators understand the role of information and technology in teaching and learning. Designed for Manitoba Canada teachers, the approach provides an excellent framework for developing information and technology skills.

video clipView How to Implement an Information Literacy Program and Accountability in the Information Literacy Program by Mike Eisenberg. In Vodcast #2 and #3 of his series, Mike Eisenberg answers questions that he has collected from students and colleagues around the country on various Information Literacy topics.

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Explore information literacy curriculum:

Building Information Literacy - Prince Edward Island

Information Studies from the Ontario School Library Association - expectation & scope/sequence

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