Information Literacy

A definition for Information Literacy can be found here but if you cant be bothered waiting the whole 3secs for the hyperlink page to load, then don't worry because this page will hopefully demystify the idea. Put simply literacy skills relate to your ability when reading texts (of all kinds) such as books, films, adverts etc. By adding 'information' we are looking at how we learn to read and gather information, particularly whilst engaging in research based projects or enquiry based learning. Information Literacy is how to gather information, knowing where to look and then knowing how to analyse the information when you have found the resource you are looking for.

When given a research task (or Investigation as we call it as part of the WJEC Media Studies course) you should be aware of what your options are, the support (scaffolding) already in place and how to ask appropriate, intelligent questions. Generally, you will combine Media Studies specific options with general research skills. Use the following as a checklist:

1. www.sismedia.wikifoundry.com This website (that you are currently on) is our main library of resources and you should become familiar with it and not just the GCSE section. Notice the search option area just above the navigation bar on the left hand side for quick access.
2. http://www.netvibes.com/nepaliain#General Our rss and media portal, which is excellent for finding out breaking news on a range of media related issues. Note that you will also have direct feeds from my Diigo bookmarks and that of our alumni and Y12/13 Film Studies students
3. www.sisfilm.ning.com
4. www.mediaknowall.c
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5. The School Library- Miss Ow is one of the unsung stars of this school, as if you look closely at the digital resources available to you in Media/Film you will be astonished at the number of avenues available to you as you conduct research. First, hit the CLC button on the school website and then log into the CLC, before hitting the library link on the left-hand side (followed by ENTER). There are 3 fantastic areas for you to research and each has multiple options for you:
a) Library Online Catalogue (which contains our extensive DVD collection, a referernced Sight & Sound backcatalogue for the magazines in D82 and e-books)
b) Library Online Database (Includes Questia School...well worth using)
c) Outside Sources (Including access to local Uni's and access to the Hong Kong Film Archive etc)
6. Google searches- As well as the well known Google searches and Google Image searches, also remember to use Google Video searches which I think are more comprehensive than simply launching You Tube and looking for clips. As of may 2009, the top search engines according to HitWise are:
a) Google- 72.92%
b) Yahoo- 16.14%
c) MSN/Live- 5.68%
d) Ask- 3.95%
e) The rest- 1.31%
7. Alternative Search Engines- To be honest, despite what you may hear to the contrary, there is very little wrong with launching a google search, particularly given that it is the market leader. However, some of the following may also be useful to you:
Blinkx- Specifically concerned with audio-visual searches
Grokker- Another image based search engine
KartOO- A visual meta search engines
Clusty (Vivisimo)- Divides your searches by clusters...good for those of you who like visual representations when you are searches
8. Competitive Intelligence- See the presentation below. Analysing the information provided by search engines is a fascinating area of study but be warned, even the experts (people like Bill Tancer) do get it wrong. Again, asking the right questions is crucial.

9. Use the John Locker website which contains 1000's of free documentary resources for educational purposes.

Research via GOOGLE

GOOGLE GUIDE

15 LESSON PLANS FOR MAKING STUDENTS BETTER ONLINE RESEARCHERS

WEB TOOLS FOR DETECTING PLAGIARISM IN STUDENT WORK

DIGITAL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF AMERICA

TEACHER LIBRARIANS AT THE HEART OF LEARNING

THE 7 CRITICAL SERVICES ALL LIBRARIES SHOULD OFFER


DATA WILL ELIMINATE POVERTY

HOW THE INTERNET OF THINGS WILL REVOLUTIONISE SEARCH

INTERNET ARCHIVE

THE CURATOR'S CODE


MEDIA LITERACY: A MODEL for SCHOOL LIBRARIAN and CLASSROOM TEACHER COLLABORATION

THE APP 'LAYAR' FOR USE BY REPORTERS

SOURCING IMAGES ONLINE WITHOUT BREACHING COPYRIGHT

BBC News Linked Data Ontology







Media & Information Literacy for Global Understanding






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