Digital Communication in the Classroom

Critical Information Literacy Project

Note about Ed Tech Standards

Some people have tried to use this project for the Research standard in the Pre-Internship Portfolio. Most attempts to do this are unsuccessful because the standard is about your using research findings to apply them to lessons, rather than student research. In order to use this project to meet the requirements of this standard, you would have to tie research studies that you have read with your choices in creating this lesson.

A. Research
Being able to understand and apply educational technology research is an important part of being a technology facilitator. Throughout your program, you read a variety of research articles and have access to many sources of research. As educational technology is constantly changing, you should complete the program with the ability and desire to find new research about current and emerging technologies in the schools and apply that to your own teaching and help other teachers apply it to their teaching. This will help you keep up to date with best practices and use technology most effectively to improve student learning.

  • Use and apply major research findings and trends related to the use of technology in education to support integration throughout the curriculum.
  • Engage in ongoing planning of lesson sequences that effectively integrate technology resources and are consistent with current best practices and major research findings for integrating the learning of subject matter and student technology standards.

Create an assignment for your students in which they critically analyze an issue presented on the Internet. This can be based around one Web site that takes a particular stand on an issue, or it can be based on several Web sites that take different stands on a single issue. You might, for example, explore the stand taken by a Web site critical of technology in education (note that you may pick a site that has nothing to do with education or technology), or you might, for example, look for information about the current controversy around an alleged link between childhood vaccines and autism.

Be sure that the assignment insists that your students look at a variety of resources about the chosen issue (both offline and online), and be sure that you have some guidelines for critically analyzing Web sites. When analyzing a given site, students should not stop at the site itself but should look at links from and to that site and other sites that discuss that site, organization, or issue. Be sure students discuss the site from a variety of perspectives, such as: is it emotionally effective, is the information backed up by facts, is the information backed up by sound research.While you may have your students use checklists and/or rubrics for evaluating sites, be sure that they go beyond a simple formulaic analysis and think deeply about where the site fits into the larger picture of the information being studied. To test yourself, think about what your students will learn from this exercise and if they will be able to apply it to some of the questionable sites we have viewed in class.

As part of your project, you will look at several Web sites. Include a brief discussion (not part of the assignment for your students) about why you chose the particular sites you included in the assignment.

This project tends to work best when aimed at older students. For example, there is very little you can do with critical information literacy for first graders. It is difficult for students younger than 3rd or 4th grade. If you choose to create a lesson for students of younger grades, create something that will work with them, and be sure to have a rich section describing the shortcomings of the lesson to demonstrate that you know where you want the students to go even if you can't take them all the way there in this one lesson (or even several lessons at a young age).

Create a Web page for the assignment.

Minimum Grading Criteria

If the minimum grading criteria are met, you will receive a B for this assignment. The grade of A is reserved for outstanding work that goes beyond the minimum criteria. See the rubric for more details about grading criteria.

What To Hand In


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This page was created by Dr. David M. Marcovitz.

Last Updated: June 4, 2014