- Information literacy is crucial in today’s tech-savvy world. It can be defined as a “set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information” (ACRL, 2016). People must know how and where to access information if they are to gain the knowledge that they seek.
2. I believe that it is very possible for educators to teach students how and where to access valuable information. I was raised in a world where students could use Google or other online resources to find information needed for classes and everyday situations. In school I was taught what resources were accurate and which ones I could trust. I was taught this skill and still use it to this day. As technology advances, I believe the educators of the future can also pass down essential skills so that students can become informationally literate.
3. I do believe that we can teach our future students how to be effective users of the most powerful medium. Like anything, practice makes perfect (or close to it). I know from my own experiences that educators can play a big role in information literacy and teaching students how to properly use the internet. With this being said, I think that education regarding essential skills of information literacy is crucial and can be very helpful if taught by educated individuals.
In recent discussions regarding the disparity between digital immigrants and digital natives, a controversial issue has been whether digital immigrants (teachers) can affectively instruct digital natives (students). On one hand some argue that digital immigrants are too old fashioned to meet the needs and expectations of the students. From this perspective, students are unable to focus in class as lectures seem slow and relatively boring to these individuals who were bred in a fast-paced society. On the other hand however, some argue that students still need to learn at a slower pace, much like the one my generation grew up with. Although students have the ability to access information quickly, they may need to learn at a slower pace to be able to critically interpret their findings. In sum, the issue is whether or not technologically native students should still be learning the same way digital immigrant students did.
My own view is that digital natives should be taught in a way that makes the most sense to them and in a way that will benefit them the most. This would include a faster paced setting and the incorporation of technology into the classroom. Though I concede that students may not acquire the same skills that we did growing up (critical thinking, book skills, writing skills), I still maintain that digital natives should be learning in a way that is most beneficial to them. This issue is important because everything in society is advancing except our educational system. This means that digitally native students are suffering, as their newfound talents and motivations are not being met by digital immigrants.
In recent discussions regarding technology, a controversial issue has been whether or not to incorporate it into the classroom. On one hand some argue that technology is a “distraction” and that “sometimes a pencil and paper will suffice” (Hertz, 2011). On the other hand, however, some argue that technology is necessary in today’s educational system and that students become bored in a classroom that is void of technology. Especially when they are immersed in technology outside of the classroom (Prensky, 2008). In sum, the issue is whether or not to incorporate technology into the classroom.
My own view is that technology should be incorporated into the classroom. Though I concede that technology can be a distraction at times, I still maintain that the benefits outweigh the cons. For example, students born in a tech-savvy world are already accustomed to looking up information on the internet. This prolonged experience can benefit the students in school, and ignoring this acquired skill limits the students’ potential learning abilities. Although some might object the notion that technology should be incorporated into the classroom, I would reply by explaining the simplicity and user friendly search engines that exist in today’s tech world. This issue is important because society as a whole is moving towards the use of technology in some way, shape or form. In order to keep up with other developing nations, we need to shift our focus towards technology and the benefits that come along with it.