Information Literacy

Definition: Information literacy is the ability to navigate, gather, aggregate and evaluate information from a wide range of resources to answer questions and solve problems.

Students interpret and synthesize information to assess its validity and relevance to meet individual and group needs.

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  • What are the types of resources available to me to learn more about my topic? In what ways have I used these resources?
  • If I had questions, where would I go first to find answers? Second? Why?
  • How did I find resources about my topic? How did I evaluate them for accuracy, relevance, etc.?
  • When did I need to evaluate a situation or solve a problem, but needed more information? What did I do?
  • How have I conducted research or investigated resources to learn more about my topic?
  • How have I been able to shape, engage and interpret ideas around my topic?
  • How have I analyzed situations and information to gain better critical perspectives or to develop new strategies?
  • How have I used quantitative information or data to improve my understanding of the topic?

  • research
  • data analyses
  • reports, publications
  • charts, graphs, spreadsheets, databases
  • assessing knowledge, competencies, skills of others
  • expert-reviewed work, peer-reviewed work
  • collaborations, partnerships, teamwork
  • annotated bibliographies
  • resource examples or lists
  • social bookmarking sites, RRS feeds

  • collects and interprets information and relevant data from a wide range of resources to answer questions and/or solve problems
  • applies information to create and communicate knowledge to meet group needs
  • evaluates the quality, relevance, currency and accuracy of information
  • identifies and differentiates between various sources and selects appropriate information for the situation, problem or question
  • differentiates between opinion and factual information
  • uses feedback to improve the presentation and sharing of information
  • uses numeracy and mathematical functions to collect, organize and analyze data.

  • evaluates information sources for validity, quality, bias, commentary and authorial strength
  • recognizes that values and beliefs are embedded in all information
  • recognizes that information can change and evolve, especially dynamic online content
  • identifies and assesses the impact of different media types and sources on how information is created, communicated and used
  • recognizes self as a producer as well as a consumer of information
  • uses and cites information effectively in documenting resources and/or the development of original content
  • collaborates in gathering, developing and sharing information to meet group needs
  • uses numeracy and mathematical functions to integrate information, create new information and share this information with others.

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