In this unit you will learn some useful skills in terms of finding information online and then determining what information you can trust, and what information you should avoid. This is a very useful foundational unit, which you can apply across all your other subjects.
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The Pitch Why should I bother learning this?
Want to know who and what to trust online?
Resources What is needed to run this unit?
Interdisciplinary Links Do not try and force this. What areas of other subjects might this reflect and/discuss language. For IB, links with ToK.
This unit will aid students in any other subject in which they need to find and make use of information, particularly information from the Internet.
Ideas of what knowledge is, and how we can establish trust, tie in to Human Technologies and TOK.
Teacher Reflection What was successful? What needs changing? Alternative Assessments and Lesson Ideas? What other Differentiation Ideas/Plans could be used?
This is an area that has never been a unit on it's own, but rather been covered in parts elsewhere. This new structure will provide a way to tackle this vital topic in more depth.
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By now, you should have some good ideas about how to treat online sources. Try to keep in mind the following:
Always be skeptical, never trust any source outright.
Always consider why information has been created, and what it is trying to achieve. Is it neutral or biased?
Compare multiple sources, but remember it is easy to copy inaccurate information, so use the most trustworthy sources you can find.
Think logically and rationally, and question/interrogate the information you find.
Understand where information comes from, for example:
Academic papers produced at universities and published in journals are generally (but not always) well research and peer reviewed, making them more trustworthy.
Wikipedia, built by volunteer user contributions, is a great starting point for research, and is often very accurate. Many teachers hate it, but it can be an excellent source. However, understand that it can be edited by anyone (although there are controls to prevent abuse), so always check your facts.
Sites like Yahoo Answers are also built from user contributions, but have fewer quality controls than Wikipedia, and so are less trustworthy.
This unit was good! I wrote a piece of writing, and cited all sources I used
This is an outstanding piece of work about information literacy. You cited your sources and included the correct creative commons attributes. Your document also reads very well and is informative. I can tell you are excited about your topic, Ian and I am looking forward to seeing more work from you this year in Free Learning. Great start to the year!
This is a really easy unit compared to the pass programming units I did, but in this unit I learnt how to site in an apa format and I also learnt how to know what is true and what is fake. And also how trustworthy the website actually is.
Well done Gladys! You now understand APA conventions and the reasoning behind it! You've had a great year in Free learning and have gained a great deal from pushing yourself. Excellent growth mindset!