1. Can we define what it means to be information literate?
Being information literate is when you are able to find information from a source and be able to determine if it is true or false. A Information literate person doesn’t take things at face value, they dig to find the truth. Those who are information literate can do research into a subject and find the absolute best sources to quote and reference.
2. Can we teach our students to have the skills essential to information literacy?
We can teach our students to be information literate by teaching them some basic methods for weeding out sources. some good methods are talked about in an article called “True-Or Not?” by Debbie Abilock. One way to tell if a source is good is to see who is the author? are they reputable? what are their sources? if the author has never written anything before and has no references then you should look for more people that corroborate their article.
3. Can we truly prepare students to be effective users of the most powerful medium?
I believe we can teach students to be effective users of the internet. We as teachers just have to show the students the way. A lot of the information in True-Or not is simple guidelines to follow and they would help a lot of students to better use the internet.
1. What elements were you already aware of? Which elements were you not aware of?
I knew having slides that are too flashy can be distracting to viewers so you should limit the amount of photos on your slide and try to keep to a background that pertains to the slide. also stay away from a lot of special effects surrounding your words and charts. I was not aware of is that you should use 2-D Charts to show information rather than 3-D charts because it creates simplicity and draws out the information that is important.
2. How can you incorporate this into your own work and that of your students? Why is it important?
Power Point presentations have always been boring. people always try to liven them up with things like pictures or graphics but that just draws attention away from their point and wastes everyone’s time. When writing a power point you should use the least amount of words possible to that to can elaborate with out being repetitive. I can Incorporate the things I learned from reading Presentation zen into my work and my students work by learning the basics for a good power point and being knowledgeable on the subject and by showing students examples of good presentations.
3. How do the Power Points that you have created over the years fit (or not fit) with these design principles?
With all of my Power Points I have Made in the past I have tried to keep a plain background to them as to not distract from the words, but I do have to admit I tend to go with the more flashy charts and graphics that make too much noise. I think power points are boring so I have always tried to keep the wording low so that I have to talk more than the slides do.