True or Not

Article; True or Not

 Can we define what it means to be information literate?

Being information literate means, being able to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the information that we find, and are able to use.

Can we teach our students to have the skills essential to information literacy?

Yes, we can teach students certain rules as to know if the information they choose to use is true or not. In the article TRUE or NOT written by Debbie Abilock, we can teach students how to find if the site is up to date or if it has not been changed for awhile. Knowing if a site is up to date will help them know if the information is more reliable. Also teach them how to find the author and be able to look them up, this was they can find out more information about them. Teachers just need to make their students look deeper into the information and not just assume everything they find on the internet is real.

Can we truly prepare students to be effective users of the most powerful medium?

One may never truly be prepared for anything in their life. When it comes to truly preparing students to be effective users of the powerful medium, we can only do so much. You can teach the students everything you may know an more, but it is also up to the student to prepare themselves as well.


Article; Presentationzen

  1. What elements were you already aware of?  Which elements were you not aware of?  

I was sort of aware about the “signal vs noise ratio”. Whenever I did presentations, I would try to put pictures and texts that I thought should go together. Looking back I probably could have done a better job, but then I didn’t understand what truly putting the two together really meant. Sometimes I would put too much text and that would bore the viewer, other times I would put too many pictures and that would distract the viewer from what I was talking about. I was never aware of the 1-7-7 rule, which is having only one idea per slide, only seven lines of text, only seven words per line. I think knowing this, this would have helped make my presentations be better.

2.  How can you incorporate this into your own work and that of your students?  Why is it important?  

Being able to incorporate these into my own work will help a great deal. This way my students won’t get bored. Then they might actually learn something and not daze off, or start daydreaming about who knows what. This will also help me teach my students how to make a fun and interesting presentation that they will give to others.

3.  How do the Power Points that you have created over the years fit (or not fit) with these design principles?

Power points that I have created over the years mostly do not fit. When ever we were taught to make a power point, we would just try to add as much information as we could, so then we could read it off. I think knowing these would have helped a lot growing up because everyone would have paid closer attention. Also sometimes when doing those presentations, they would be last minute, so there would either be all the information on the slide or a lot of pictures to take up the slides.


One thought on “True or Not

  1. Your statement about “we can only do so much,” makes me think about where we, as teachers, draw that line. Nice posting here- reflective and used hyperlinks. I’d encourage you to add more links- any resources from class or that you find along the way.


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