When the world is advanced, put a pin on its resources
Students in this era are born as digital natives. Primary years are the starting point where children begin to explore and learn. They aren’t living in the time where information is not enough; rather they are the part of advanced technology and bountiful information. So parents must prepare their children for this era of abundance. In this case, Information Literacy is an important subject for the children where they can be taught the strategies to find, use and evaluate information meaningfully.
Here are the important information literacy strands that your children need to imbibe:
Initiate with library skills that will give the opportunity to primary students to understand and use all the property in the library during their independent learning. They should know how to use catalogue cards or online catalogue when they are in the library. Moreover, library skills also give the chance to learn how to use encyclopedia, dictionary, or other non-fiction books as their resources.
Skimming and scanning
Now introduce reading skills such as skimming and scanning, in your kids. In this process, the students learn about the strategy to find the main idea and supporting details. Throughout the reading skills, they are also challenged to develop their writing such as note taking, paraphrasing or citing. If they get used to do these, they will be able to sort information and use it effectively.
Introducing research skills to students will benefit in a couple of ways. In the foremost place, children will be trained to use their analytical thinking by questioning and finding out. Such research will help them to be a life-long learner. In the latter place, the process of deciding, finding, recording, using, and evaluating in research will enable the students to be more aware of the information usage.
Support the aforementioned skills with ICT (Information and communication technology) skills. Today, the mammoth amount of information is made and kept in digital format. Hence, the students should acquire the ability to use ICT. Through ICT skills, students can be taught to evaluate good, safe and secure websites, write a correct bibliography, and take and record information based on their need.
With information resources brimming all around, neither we can separate the minds of 21st-century children from the need of information nor we can suppress the importance of such resources. Nevertheless, we can inculcate the abilities to utilize information effectively in our students. All these abilities cannot be taught in instant ways, therefore, starting to teach information literacy from their primary years will construct better life-long learners in the future.