Raising a Digital Generation:
Media Awareness Network Launches
New Tutorial for Parents
Digital literacy/citizenship curriculum Digital Citizenship Curricula for Middle Grades

A Visual Guide to Evaluating Web Resources (infographic)

Netsmartz: Teens;    Digital Safety: Staying Smart Online

Seven Steps To Website Evaluation For Students (Three part series)

Straight from The Source (Factcheck)

98% Of American Users Distrust The Information They Find On The Internet (July 2012)

Understanding Infographics: (lesson plan)

12 Ways to More Search Savvy

Google Web Search – Classroom Lessons and Resources

Is This For Real?  Seven Questions To Ask When You Read Anything 

(Classic from 2000:  Better Read That Again: Web Hoaxes and Misinformation)

Truth Lies & The Internet: A Report Into Young People’s Digital Fluency (Sept. 2011)

K12 Schools Must Fill Need For Digital Media Skills (August 2010)

Copyright And Fair Use: Lesson Plans for High School, College and Graduate Education

Predict Before You Click (Knowledge Quest, Jan/Feb 2010)

“Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online” (FTC guide, 12/09)
Cyber Safety–Public Service Announcements:
Know Where They Go (for parents)
Think Before You PostEveryone Knows Your Name (both for females)

News: Despite The Internet, Google Generation Lacks Analytical Skills (Jan. 08 study)

“While research into how young people become competent in using the Web is patchy,
the study did find some consistent themes. For one, information literacy has not improved with the
widening access to technology. Instead, the speed of Web searching means little time is spent
evaluating information for relevance, accuracy, or authority. 
Young people also have difficulty in
developing an effective search strategy. As a result, they have a strong preference for using natural
language in searching, rather than analyzing which keywords might be more effective. 
When searching
brings back a long list of results, young people have difficulty assessing the relevance of the materials,
and often print out pages with no more than a glance at them. “

“While media literacy and information literacy have developed as separate traditions, they share many of the same values.
In general, the “media literacy” tradition stresses the understanding, comprehension, critique and creation of media materials,
whereas the “information literacy” tradition stresses the identification, location, evaluation and use of media materials. Metaphorically,
we might say that “media literacy” sees media as a lens through which to view the world and express oneself, while “information literacy”
sees information as a tool with which to act on the world. Both perspectives are relevant for developing media literacy policy.”
Livingstone, S., Van Couvering, E., & Thumim, N. (2005). p12 Adult media literacy: A review of the research literature. London: Ofcom.)


May Issue Cover

Make Students Info Literate 
(Technology & Learning, May 2008)

Info Lit Exercise for students

New Journal
        ICT competency standards for teachers: competency standards modules
New UN Report (Feb. 08)     ICT Modules (Mar 08)
Understanding Information
Literacy: A Primer

Here is a short list of web pages that can be used to teach
information literacy: all are fake sites… Be sure to review before
recommending to/using with students

Petite Giraffes
Mars Hoax Email
Male Pregnancy
Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
Dog Island
Martin Luther King
Fatfoe for Kids and Information Literacy (long list of fake websites)
Assorted misinformation links; more here


Recommended texts:

smart internet surfing
Evaluating Websites and Advertising (2016)

Children and the Internet  Great Expectations, Challenging Realities
Polity Books, Aug 2009

True Enough: Living in A Post Fact Society 
Wiley Books, March 2008

Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0
Facet Books March 2008
Web Literacy for Educators Web Literacy for Educators
Alan November Spring 2008

  Consider the Source

A Critical Guide to the 100 Most Prominent News and Information Sites on the Web
June 2007


Fool’s Gold Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library
May 2007

Teaching Web Search Skills

Teaching Web Search Skills
Copyright 2006

An Educator’s Guide to Information Literacy
What Every High School Senior Needs to Know
April 2007


Information Literacy: Essential Skills for the Information Age (2nd Ed)Libraries Unlimited ISBN: 1591581435



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