This is a terrific strategy for improving discussion interactions with students. If all you watch is the first 60 seconds, you will have learned something that will help your students’ cognitive challenge forever. No joke. 60 seconds.
In this book, we share our experiences doing observations, teaching, and online resource creation related to information literacy in public libraries, K-12 classrooms, K-12 school libraries, college classrooms (online and face-to-face), academic libraries, educational outreach projects, the natural history museum, and more.
As their professor, I couldn’t be more pleased with their honest, unvarnished looks at what’s working in information literacy and what isn’t. So much of library literature is written as if there’s never a problem — everything goes off without a hitch. Ooh, doesn’t that make us jealous? But what I love about the deft hand of these writers is that they lift the veil and show you when the boat rocked and then what they did to right it.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of our classmate Kristel Wieneke, we did a limited print run (shown above) for friends and family courtesy of the the University of Michigan Library’s Espresso Book Machine.
But we’re releasing it for free in digital format for everybody else!
So if you want to know what happened when a bird unit flew into a Physics classroom, what Lady Gaga has to do with synthesis, what it means to use a chainsaw to cut cake, what a Tyrannosaurus rex has to do with information literacy, or what database-a-phobia is, we hope you’ll download our book.
Then share your feedback with us!
informationliteracyinthewild [at] umich [dot] edu
(And that’s not all … they also created some amazing IL online resources … but I’ll save sharing some of those for another day.)
PS – To learn more about the Espresso Book Machine, check out this video!
Here on the University of Michigan campus and in homes and schools around the country, we’re engaged in the 4T Virtual Con (the four T’s stand for Teachers Teaching Teachers About Technology). A project that grew out of the School of Education’s Master of Arts plus Certification program, the goal was to host a virtual conference for current students, professors, alumni, and educators both within and beyond campus walls. Sadly, interest far outweighed our capacity, so the conference doesn’t have room for any more registrations, but I’ll be sharing some archived Webinars with you.
His presentation gave a terrific overview of the theories, beliefs, and elements behind the NETP. There are many opportunities for librarians within the NETP, as its visionary scope goes far beyond “tools for tools’ sake.” Instead, it looks at how technology can better inform teachers, connect them with peers, and expand and extend our definitions and capabilities for learning.