In a widespread effort to support teachers and students in the tricky art of evaluating information, NoodleTools has made freely available its Show Me Information Literacy Modules: http://www.noodletools.com/guide/showme/
With a mix of vibrant images, visual annotation and text, the modules are designed by educators at NoodleTools to engage students in information literacy and the research process. What constitutes credible information? How does source type contribute to relevance, authority and point of view? How do I evaluate and cite born-digital images and online sources?
Over twenty full modules are available, addressing source and website evaluation, digital literacy skills, plagiarism prevention and ethical writing. There are three progressive levels to choose from (Starter, Junior and Advanced) for elementary through university students.
Show Me is already used by the thousands of schools subscribed to NoodleTools Premium – a school-edition product – where it is embedded at the point of need. NoodleTools Premium teaches information literacy on the go, as students build citations, notecards and reports.
Debbie Abilock, co-founder of NoodleTools and author of “True — or Not,” states, “In this age of information proliferation, determining information credibility is a matter of judgment, and a lively part of an engaging research process. Schools must protect students from an auto-cite, cut-and-paste mentality that inevitably leads them to treat research as a rote task and plagiarism as a mindless solution.”
“The NoodleTools Show Me tutorials help our students to clarify sources like never before,” commented Sydnye Cohen, Library Media Specialist at Brookfield High School in Connecticut. “Being able to distinguish between a magazine or journal article in a database, with visual steps along the way, teaches students that citation is a thinking process. Additional tools that help students decide if a source passes our C.R.A.P. Test (Currency, Reliability, Authority, Perspective) align with our mission to develop discerning digital citizens.”
Test your own evaluation and citation skills!
- Does the sports concussion information on this site have a point of view? Show me!
- How do I know if this photo has been manipulated? Show me!
- Is Foreign Policy a journal or a magazine? Show me!
Questions about the Show Me modules can be sent to the NoodleTools Helpdesk.