Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Information Fluency Made Easy!

If you do nothing else this must work through/read/absorb/connect with Joyce Valenza's wiki 'Information Fluency'.

Joyce's session this morning, the last morning at NECC07 when we are all feeling a little worn out, was inspirational! Along with Ken Rodoff, the dynamic duo took their audience through new ideas and new tools for 'blending information fluency with Web 2.0'

Some brief messages from Joyce who considers herself to be Web 1.8 (not quite there yet) include:
  • It's OK to be in Beta!
  • Stone Soup: the soldier who inspired a village to make soup from a stone was in fact not running a scam but inspiring change and facilitating a collaborative community
  • The notion of information has changed....we want our students to find a variety of media rich resources
  • You need to create pathfinders...create wiki pathfinders!
The changing role and responsibility of information specialists (that would be every educator....right?) is to be information literate and encourage fluency with information tools, specifically Web 2.0 tools. Under Joyce's expert direction there is no excuse for not 'talking the talk' and 'walking the walk' in your own school. Yes, there is a lot to think about...I heard Barbara Barreda behind me during the session say '...there is so much to do!' but NOW is an excellent time to start.

I am so excited about sharing these resources with my own school media specialists. The wiki provides ALL the resources and links to numerous ideas and best-practice use of Web 2.0 tools.

Thanks Joyce!

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JoyceValenza said...

Thank you for your very kind words, Julie! I have been inspired by your work. Please let's continue to share.

Barbara said... glad I had the chance to meet you at NECC. I have added you to my reader and look forward to continuing great conversations. Thanks too for remembering my words and posting brought me back to the moment and helped me focus on the next steps. I agree with you Joyce's talk was a high point and David's remark put it all in to perspective...I have a lot of work to do in our library but it is essential to our success. PS love the pictures too!