Infowhelm and Information Fluency

Social Media counter - why information fluency is important
What is Information Fluency?

"Information fluency is the ability to apply the skills associated with information literacy, computer literacy and critical thinking to address and solve information problems across disciplines, across academic levels, and across information format structures (Callison).
According to The Associated Colleges of the South (, using critical thinking skills and appropriate technologies, information fluency integrates the abilities to:
  • collect the information necessary to consider a problem or issue
  • employ critical thinking skills in the evaluation and analysis of the information and its sources
  • formulate logical conclusions and present those conclusions in an appropriate and effective way (Information Age Inquiry)

21st Century Information Fluency- **Full Circle**:
This is an amazing, comprehensive site, covers every aspect of information fluency! Includes: Resource Kit contents (which include curriculum, links, workshops, interactives, and indices that categorize all site content by information fluency competency and ISTE-NETS). Teacher-Librarians MUST check this site out.

The role of the teacher is to provide structure and direction to a student's ability to make meaning (Alan November)
Though our tech-tuned 21st century students are often more fluent in the use of technology than their parents and teachers, they will always need guidance in how to best apply these powerful tools to complex learning and creative tasks (Trilling & Fadel)

Mobile Reference
Smart phones

Search Tools

Google Tools


Search Engines

Web Search Strategies in Plain English



Embedding Information with Widgets

What is a Widget?

A widget is anything that can be embedded within a page of HTML, i.e. a web page. A widget adds some content to that page that is not static. Generally widgets are originated by third parties, though they can be home made. Embeddable chunks of code have existed since the early development of the World Wide Web. Web developers have long sought and used third party code chunks in their pages. Early web widgets provided functions such as link counters and advertising banners. Now you can make them work for you! - Wikipedia

Adding Widgets


Adding Video & Widgets to a Wikispaces page is really easy
Check out the Comic Life graphic & this wikipage for directions. -

How to Embed Almost Anything in your Website

Widgets are mini-applications that may be embedded in websites, blogs, wikis, Nings, etc. They are often dynamic and interactive. You may use widgets to subscribe to RSS feeds and other push content.
Note: Most of the Digital Storytelling Tools and online Video portals provide embed code.

Unquiet Library Pathfinder

Finding Widgets - The ABC widgets

* NetVibes Ecosystem

* Widgenie (create and embed charts and graphs)

Book Widgets

Learning through Collaboration

Some Collaborative Tools

Blogs - Global Teacher, Wordpress, Blogger,
Wikis - Wikispaces, PBWorks
Google Apps - Documents, Zoho
Netvibes, Pageflakes

Brainstorming, collaborative note-taking, organizing

Some Collaborative Tools - no login required

Wallwisher Using Wallwisher in the classroom - TBarrett
Drawing Imagination Cubed
Scribble Maps

SitComAnalysis in Wallwisher


Information Portals

RSS - your most important tool for learning - Time Saver number one!

Essential Understandings

RSS - one of the key understandings for using the internet as a tool for your own learning and the learning of others.
Merrily down the stream - Will Richardson explains RSS
Google Reader aggregator - where your information collects - all in the one place.
News feeds from the BBC - an example of the use of RSS feeds
New Scientistmagazine - another example
Specific news search on ABC News (water buyback Murray Darling)| Docklands

Evaluating Information

You can't believe everything on the Internet

Hoax websites

Information Literacy

Research Skills with Ergo - State Library of Victoria
Cooperative Library Instruction Project resources (video tutorials aimed at the university relating to topic development, searching, databases, evaluating, documentation, more!)

Information Literacy Resource Bank Synthesizing/Analyzing Information
Information Literacy Resources from Alan November

Read write think write think - many literacy support interactives
rubistar.jpgRubric Maker - Rubistar

Referencing and Bibliography
Son of Citation Machine
Noodle Tools

Creative Commons (copyright) - an important understanding when students are making multimedia book trailers, digital stories etc.

Wanna Work Together? from John Bachir on Vimeo.

CC Resources to reuse, remix & share

Staying safe on the Internet - Configuring your Facebook privacy settings