How many books would that be?

Information Overload!  Sometimes I feel like my brain is on information overload.  We have so much information at our fingertips.  “Infowhelm” is a befitting title to describe this phenomenon. I have reviewed four different sources concerning this matter.  The video, article and blogs were all very similar.  If I had to give them a unifying title, it would Information and Educating the 21st Century Learner.  The video “Infowhelm and Information Fluency” showcases all of the outlets we have to share information. During one point in the video, the question was posed how many books would that be?   I think this is really cool question because when you think about all of the information that we access if we calculated the amount of books it wood be massive. These resources greatly affect me as a media specialist although one of my students would disagree. When I showed her the video today in class, she asked, “But, Miss what does this have to do with you?” I had to think for a second.  This is my first year as a media specialist but I am still a teacher.  I still have to remind my students that I am a teacher although I do not have traditional classes.  Moreover, I provide support to the teachers to help provide Information Literacy to students.  “In the article, “Creating Classrooms we need 8 Ways into Inquiry Learning” poses the question, what happens to the role of educational institutions when kids can access information from sources other than school?  The article offered the following suggestions:

  • Be Flexible
  • Foster Inquiry by Scaffolding Curiosity
  • Design Architecture for Participation

These are great suggestions.  I feel that our schools are not doing enough to combat this issue.  We must keep up and not be left behind.  This will help make education more relevant for students.

These sources can help me reach my goals of advocating for my media center because I can show how our infrastructure needs to change.  I can be instrumental to helping teachers plan lessons that promote inquiry based learning.

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