It’s a changing world; how students learn  trumps what they learn!
Helping students acquire a wide variety of skills and dispositions utlimately prepares them for an uncertain future.

With those uncertain futures in mind, HCPS created the TIP Chart (originally the Technology Integration Progression chart, a document that combines technology integration ideals with many concept advocated by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.) The TIPC is an ‘at a glance’ document that allows observers to determine where students and teachers were in terms of four 21st Century skills: Research and Information Fluency, Communication and Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving and finally Creativity and Innovation.


Now the TIP Chart serves as the primary rubric for Henrico 21 lessons and Reflective Friends observations.

Sharing Some Ideas and Insights about Research and Information Fluency
When working with students, it is wise to acknowledge Google as a popular search engine!  (Hey, don’t look under your seat!)

Google wants users to sign-in (and this is starting to make students wonder why they need to do so and the implications such a policy has on providing them high quality content.)

Google is constantly changing; the advanced button is no longer visible for the initial search (though it does appear via the Gear icon once a search has been initiated.)

In order to help teachers lead students through the RIF component of the TIP Chart,  handouts have been created to simplify some involved concepts.  Here are two examples:
Advanced Google Content Search directions
Advanced Google Image Search directions

Other Search Engine Options (Anecdotally, logins and passwords are barriers; students rarely use these sites when working on their own.)

www.sweetsearch.com (a search engine specifically designed for students, sites relevant and appropriate to students are selected by humans!)

www.blekko.com – uses slashtags (text preceded by a “/” forward slash,) that may allow easier categorized searches.

A Research and Information Fluency (actually ‘digital fluency’) module that shows promise: http://21cif.com/tutorials/micro/

One Response to “Facilitating Research and Information Fluency”

  1. Dennis O'Connor says:

    It’s great to see referencing our 21cif tutorials. Many include flash based interactive games. For a listing of all of our online learning games dedicated to information fluency (well over 100) take a look here: http://21cif.com/rkit/actionzone/

    i also have a Scoop.it e-zine dedicated to information fluency: http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-information-fluency

    Keep on searching!

    Dennis O’Connor
    21cif.

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