Being a lifelong learner is one of the most important qualities we can model for children. Our children must know where to find accurate information, how to be discerning consumers of information, and strive to contribute credible information to their communities. Informed, educated individuals create a more tolerant, creative, open-minded environment. Education feeds growth, and a love of learning means that our students will be able to ask and answer questions as they arise throughout life.
Beyond individual learning, we must model being connected learners. We no longer learn just for ourselves, but with and for the community! We benefit from the knowledge of the group - learning, sharing, and contributing are all part of a 21st century education. We must produce and share as much as we consume - it’s part of a give and take that benefits the whole for the greater good.
- Information Literacy
- Becoming Educated and Informed
Librarian leads campus information literacy program
Adventures in lifelong learning
Try out this lesson plan from EasyBib (for grades 7-12) on evaluating online sources for credibility. Then follow it up with a reminder lesson that there are great research resources beyond Google! You could also try these activities for evaluating websites from ClassZone.
Check out this blog from 1st grade teacher, Kathy Cassidy on how she talks about information sharing and the role digital resources and digital citizenship play in her classroom. After you’ve read her post, share this video with your students. How will you help them understand the internet in their world?
This post on Encouraging Lifelong Learning from Brigham Young University talks about how to help students be reflective learners, and also finding relevance between learning and their own lives. The post provides several examples of how students can demonstrate these skills. For this challenge, have students complete one of the activities off the list (not all items on the list will be appropriate for all age groups).