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In a world in which Google has become a verb, it is no longer enough to find informationthe problem is too much informationand increasingly, dealing with a lot of intentional and potentially harmful misinformation. Being literate the 21st century requires more than the basics of reading, writing and numeracy: students must develop information literacy skills. Session participants will focus on the Resource and Research strands of the Information Literacy theme. As they explore hoaxes and urban legends, they will actively participate in finding, sorting, evaluating, discussing and disseminating various types of information. They will also examine Wikipedia and several search engines (including Google) with a critical evaluation framework in mind. The handout includes an Information Literacy Unit (4 lessons) that includes key vocabulary terms, and a relevant Internet User Agreement and safe surfing guidelines.
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