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Information Literacy: Navigating & Evaluating Today’s Media
by Sara Armstrong (2008)
In this information age, we all need strategies that help us critically evaluate all the data that comes at us every day. This updated second edition explores information sources such as television and websites, topics such as visual literacy, copyright, website evaluation, and asking good questions, as well as briefly examining Web 2.0 tools and project-based learning as ways through which we can help students harness information and share knowledge. Examples, activities, and suggested resources are included.
EDUTOPIA: Success Stories for Learning in the Digital Age
by The George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edited by Sara Armstrong, Ph.D. (2002)
This book offers a glimpse into the classrooms of innovative educators who are using technology to connect with students, colleagues, the local community, and the world beyond. Edutopia offers a unique perspective on education in
which technology is employed to make schools more exciting and dynamic for everyone involved — students work on real-world projects and consult with the best outside experts; teachers learn by tapping into the best people and practices in their field; and classrooms regularly connect with the rich resources of their communities and the world beyond.
The Internet for Your Kids
by Deneen Frazier, Barbara Kurshan, Sara Armstrong, John Blackburn (1997)
This book shows kids some activities they can do on the Internet and then lets kids practice actually doing them. Like most Internet books for kids, The Internet for Your Kids begins with an overview of the Net, explaining what’s available online and what software tools you’ll need to take advantage of the resources. Like other such books, it also provides an extensive listing of great online sites suitable for children.
However, what makes this work different is that the authors’ approach goes beyond just visiting individual sites. For example, in the section “Making Global Connections,” they talk about online sites where kids can find Internet pen pals in foreign countries and where kids can learn about the history of their own and other countries. The authors also put together enjoyable hands-on projects for kids that can be done individually, in groups, or as parent/child activities. Projects focus on a specific subject, such as the social activism project, which shows kids how to pick a topic they care about, find up-to-date information on it, talk to other kids affected by the issue, and write a report or pamphlet on the topic for other kids to read.
Projects have all been kid-tested and revised based on input. The authors describe each project and tell what Internet features will be used, such as the World Wide Web, newsgroups, or mailing lists. The Internet for Your Kids lists excellent sites and resources and, in its appendix, provides an index of outstanding kid-appropriate sites sorted by subject matter.
Internet for Kids
by Deneen Frazier, Barbara Kurshan, and Sara Armstrong (1996)
Educational consultants show kids, parents and teachers how to gather information online (for example, learn about a newcity) share information with others, take part in online discussions and forums, have fun with games, and much more. The book’s focus is specific educational and fun resources on the Internet.
A Pocket Tour of Kidstuff on the Internet
The “Pocket Tour” books focus on areas of mass market interest, telling readers how to get to their destination on the Internet. This book helps parents and teachers to direct children to specific areas on the Internet that are appropriate and interesting to them.