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Nicely stated. Now if you could just cut down on the verbiage and lay 
out your main points in a powerpoint presentation, you'd have me hooked. 
:-)
Imagine if Shakespeare had to use Microsoft Word.
- Charlie


Vincent Rossano wrote:

> Not only do "the digital natives still NEED us to make them 
> information literate", as Lucie suggests, they need us now more than 
> ever.   In the "old days", a kid walked into a library and much of the 
> work of sorting the informational wheat from the chaff had already 
> been done by the fact that the books on the shelves had gotten there 
> through an intelligent selection process based on their value as 
> determined by professional librarians, who were choosing from books 
> available from publishers who had done their own selection based on 
> value - or, at least, saleability. 
>  
> We now have access to tons of free-floating information contained 
> within a "galaxies of garbage".  Kids are great at plying the 
> galaxies, but very often they can't tell a inhabitable planet from a 
> black hole.   They can put together the slickest PowerPoint 
> presentation -  which will get all kinds of ooohs and aaaahs because 
> they've made the words dance around and whistle "Dixie" - but have 
> nothing of substance contained within it.   Teaching kids to make 
> slick PowerPoint presentations is trivial; teaching kids to make slick 
> PowerPoint presentations that convey real information is much better; 
> teaching kids to analyze and evaluate information - whether they are 
> putting that information into a PowerPoint presentation or a 
> traditional expository essay - is essential.
>  
> Furthermore, as a former librarian, I can tell you that helping people 
> understand how to find, evaluate and employ information is the essence 
> of librarianship.  Are we forgetting this valuable resource because, 
> in some cases, it's hidden behind a stack of books?  Seek out your 
> librarians!  Get them involved!
>  
> And, in closing, allow me to paraphrase Dick the Butcher in 
> Shakespeare's Henry VI: "First thing we do, let's kill all the 
> PowerPoint presentations."  :-)
>  
> -Vince
>  
>
> >>> Lucie deLaBruere <[log in to unmask]> 1/21/2008 7:37 PM >>>
> Are you seeing more classes coming to the computer lab to do research 
> without any instruction in how to research?  It was my hunch that 
> teachers are assuming that because they are teaching 'digital natives' 
> that the kids already KNOW how to do this.  It is also my hunch that 
> the Internet has changed so quickly that teachers (myself included)  
> have outdated skills in this area. 
>  
> The following British report about Research skills and the Google 
> Generation confirmed my hunch.  If you have time to actually download 
> the PDF and skim it, it certainly confirms that the digital natives 
> still NEED us to make them information literate.
>  
> http://www.jisc.ac.uk/news/stories/2008/01/googlegen.aspx
>  
> I know there are a few librarians on this list (and since I don't 
> subscribe to the librarian list serv,  perhaps you could query them 
> and report back here to us "tech integration" folks.   Sometimes we 
> are being asked to do this;  other times we are watching teachers tell 
>  kids to "use the internet to finish your research on your science 
> project"  and assume that kids know how to do that.  Quite often no 
> time is left in the activity for explicit instruction on "how to do 
> this".  Sometimes its because of the faulty assumption that "digital 
> natives" already know how to "google";  other times its because the 
> teacher themselves doesn't really know "HOW TO TEACH" this skill using 
> a tools that has changed so much. (blogs,  wikis,  ADsense, social 
> networking, podcast)...
>  
> The question is  "do you have a "gem" lesson, unit,  strategy, that do 
> a good job scaffolding students through the research process or 
> perhaps to help teachers guide their students to using "today's" 
> internet for research.
>  
> Lucie deLaBruere
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