The Impact of Newer Literacy Skills and Use | Origin: ED134

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Literacy is Not an Option --> The Impact of Newer Literacy Skills and Use

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The socratic method might be a fun way to get students critically analyzing the quality of a source (e.g. article, website, newspaper) and the level of bias (is it possible to have no bias?) or currency (when can a case be made for using older health science sources, and why?) or how well it answers their clinical question. 

This training has highlighted for me the importance of developing critical thinking skills in our students when using new literacy in the classroom.  Although there is unlimited information at our fingertips through the internet, students need to learn how to critically analyze the source of the information to determine the significane of the information and how to apply and use it.

Today's research involes technologies unlike the past generations. Quick resources of multiple information at your finger tip allow for multiple opinions and research information. This access to quick information can be overwhelming and dauting and you must remember which information would be relevant in reaching your goal.

Newer technologies brings with it the need to critically appaise its contents and to do that, students need to develop solid critically reasoning skills. One way an instructor can help to develop these skills is by using the Socratic approach.

With newer technology researching information is ongoing and continuous. As researching information currently involves multidirectional search and analysis we as teachers need to adapt to enhance our student's literacy.


As technology consumers we all need to develop critical thinking skills and analyze the information presented to us online.

This is what I learned about newer litercy skills and this is how I will use it in the classroom.  Students can practice their litercy skills by reading news stories from a telepromter system on a regularly.  


I was most surprised to learn about ways to develop good online research habits in students. I have extensive experience with both print and digital research methods, so it was second nature to me, whereas my students are still learning or just starting to. I will be implementing the three methods when approching online information (who benefits from a. statement, question the source, look for obvious statements). I have my students write a research paper on the historical and cultural features of a color, so I'll definitely be including this in my assignment details, and research other methods for approaching online research. I'm sure they'll benefit from it greatly!

The lesson taught me that although mobility of information is a good thing, students much be able to access the information in front of them quickly. We need to make sure they use credible resources when searching the internet and ensure that the author is credible. 


It's good to hear a collection of supporting information is more valuable than just finding one source of information.

In the past module I wanted to discuss the need to filter information along with being literate in online media.  This progression totally makes sense.

I'm very impressed with how quickly the newest generation of students can find and recognize their target information.

Reply to Mary Ibe's post:

Yes.  It's very easy to get distracted when reaserching via www.