Teaching Information Literacy and Digital Citizenship

e-Books and e-Readers

    From E-books and E-readers I learned that they are becoming quite popular for readers of all ages. Moreover, the internet is a powerful and supportive reading and learning environment through which younger people learn the skills of web navigating. E-readers are more like very light portable electronic libraries where you can take books anywhere. Publishers are making more and more books available in e-books editions. E-books cost less money than regular print books and they are more fun to read. There is also a lot of free books for educators and students. According to our book, people have been reading forty percent more with e-books than print books. If I were to buy a print book for my calculus class it would cost me almost three hundred dollars, but instead of buying that hard copy I rented a digital copy and it cost me just seventy dollars. I guess a lot of these college text books are becoming digital as well as more organized. I can make flash cards right through the e-book, highlight formulas, write notes, and book marks with just a few touches on the screen. So when it comes to reviewing for a test I can just go through the things I marked and that saves me a lot of time.

Search Engines and Online Research


     Conducting online information searches is what teachers and students do to learn more about a topic. This is way faster than going to a public library to search and read a book on a topic. When looking online for information teachers and students must be aware of faulty or useless websites and data. Back in high school, I was assigned many times to do research for homework or projects. Google was my top favorite search engine, I just typed in any question and a lot of websites showed up with the answer that I needed. You can just visit three or four different websites and get the information from the one that is most accurate and sometime you could even combine information from two or three different websites. As a future teacher, I will encourage my students to do research online because it saves them time and it gives them access to the content on different websites and resources. Not all students have transportation and not all parents have time to take their kids to a public library. As teachers we need to adjust to our students needs and with the use of technology and search engines this is the way to go. Schools should have computers in each classroom for students to use so they can complete their homework and conduct research for projects in case they do not have computers or internet access at home.

Plagiarism and Cheating


     Plagiarism and cheating has increased among middle school and high school students. Plagiarism is the direct copying and misrepresentation of someone else's work as one's own. When teachers assign research homework they have to teach students how to give credit to the author they are taking the information from by ether MLA or APA format. I finally learned this in college because when I was in high school I thought that is was totally okay to borrow information from the internet. Cheating on the other hand involves using technology to access information without permission before or during a test. Sending information about a test about a test to other students during an exam is also considered cheating. As future teaches we have to educate our students how to give credit to online authors from whom we take information from to complete assignments. Many students plagiarize without knowing they are doing so. They assume that the information online is free to take. To stop students from using phones to cheat during test we have to set ground rules. I would make different test versions so students cannot copy from one another. If a student disobeys, I would take the phone away from them and take further disciplinary action.

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