This week’s topic covered learning in a digital world; where our information comes from and the different types of information that we can find on the World Wide Web. Information can come from all over the world and the internet has allowed this connectivity; people have a voice like never before. A lot of the information we find on the internet does not always come from credible sources and it is our job as teachers to be able to research and filter this information for our students.
We now have access to information and news immediately as it comes to hand; no more waiting for the 6pm television news program or the newspaper the next day. Social media, such as twitter, Facebook, blogs and the like offer a platform for everyone to have a voice, however, some of the opinions expressed come from well sourced educated material where as others are simply passionate opinions of an individual.
Choosing good sources means paying attention to who wrote the information, why and how they wrote it (The University if Adelaide, 2014).
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PANDORA-Preserving and Accessing Networked Documentary Resources of Australia http://pandora.nla.gov.au/, is a free information system that is an Australian web archive housing a collection of Australian online Publications which was established in 1995 by the National Library of Australia (National Library of Australia, 1995). After taking a look at what PANDORA has to offer which I didn’t know it existed before this subject, I will be using it in the future to search for credible information
When I am looking for information on the internet, this is dependent on what I am using the information for, if I am putting together an assignment for example, I would look at the references or sources used by a particular article or blog and link back to that source and read and use that information. Wikipedia can be used for background information, however, I always look at the source and go back to that to gather the correct information for my assignment. When looking for credible information there are certain websites that will always be credible, such as government and department of education websites. The take home message for me is to be aware of where the information is coming from and to make sure the source is credible.
We looked at Pinterest and how useful it can be sourcing information. I created a Pinterest board looking at the different types of digital information we encounter. A pin I found particular interesting was 16 ways educators use Pinterest, I shall apply this to my Pinterest account. One thing I have discovered creating my Pinterest board is all the interesting information, tips and how to on Pinterest. I already have a Pinterest account but I wasn’t fully aware of how useful it could be; after this exercise I think I will use Pinterest more often. Pinterest is something that could be introduced to older primary school children and they can learn to make boards to pin information of interest, which then directs them to the source of that information.
This link will take you to my Pinterest board on Digital Information Follow Dee’s board Digital Information on Pinterest.
National Library of Australia, (1995). Australia’s Web Archive : About Pandora. Retrieved 23 September 2014, from http://pandora.nla.gov.au/about.html.
The University of Adelaide, (2014). Source Credibility. Retrieved 23 September 2014, from http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/learning_guides/learningGuide_sourceCredibility.pdf.