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*Information Fluency Goes to School*

Dr. Carl Heine and I recently gave a presentation at NECC 2009 on our recent
work with website evaluation.  We call website evaluation *Investigative
Search*** because we teach essential search skills as part of the process of
evaluating a website.

Here's a blog post link to the ISTE sponsored video for those interested:

*21st Century Information Fluency*

This new work is based on our research with the 21st Century Information
Fluency Project, which was a grant funded outreach program housed at
the Illinois
Mathematics and Science Academy <> for
almost 10 years.  When funding was cut, Carl and I acquired the intellectual
rights (with generous help from IMSA) and created Information Fluency
Partners. We are keeping the research alive and online at

*Self-Paced Online Learning*

We have developed a new *8 hour online self-paced program* we're calling
Investigative Search 20/10. This 24/7 on-demand approach is a response to
the realities of integrating information literacy and fluency into the
crowded curriculum you face in your schools. By creating an on-demand
program we hope to serve the needs of library media specialists who have
limited teaching time and intermittent access to students.

*Northwestern Pilot Project*

This summer over a thousand 7 -12 grade students attending Northwestern's
Center for Talent Development <> summer camp
are taking the online training before they arrive for the summer program.
The kids are doing a great job.  We're lucky that they have strong reading
skills and a disposition to develop the critical reading skills needed for
investigative searching.  Essentially we push for critical reading combined
with a detective's mindset as we show the kids the 'tricks of the trade'.

We start with a performance based pretest during which students search (what
appear to be) legitimate Internet sites seeking evaluation information.
Based on the initial scores (which tend to be low) a study plan is offered
that guides the student through a series of interactive multimedia tutorials
on the following topics:

   - Basic Training
   - Author
   - Publisher
   - Accuracy
   - Evidence
   - External Links
   - Objectivity vs Bias
   - Date
   - *Plagiarism & Citation (Try

Each tutorial is backed up by a mastery test to help the student practice
specific skills.  A performance based post-test comes at the end of the
training.  Students are issued individualized certificates with their final
score.  We're very encouraged by the strong bell curve of performance
improvement we are seeing this summer.

Find Out More / Stay in Touch

We've been developing lessons, learning games, micro-modules and facilitated
online courses for Library Media Specialists for years.  99% of this
material is available for free on our website: Information Fluency ( ) <>

Dennis O'Connor
E-Learning - Curriculum Architect
21st Century Information Fluency <>
Cell: 530-318-1145
Home: 760-471-526

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