Help for information literacy skills

New technologies (Web 3.0) and new ideas might be an answer to increase the information literacy skills of users. For instance, students are overwhelmed by the abundance of information on the net, and also its seemingly disconnection from their real lives. Two emerging ways that might help are searching for information through captured images from surrounding environments (Google goggles), and 3D virtual libraries relying on a semantic web (blog entry by David Stuart).

My first reaction to these concepts, as an educator, is we will become less literate as images and virtual agents find our information. But will we? Is imagery not a form of literacy? I believe imagery is highly informational and deeply connected to our ways of thinking and representing our world.

Also, can we mine the vast realms of information in an effective way? Not really. If we are to rely on the networked world as opposed to draw on our memory of facts, then we need help. We need intelligent help –  to pull together data, information, and discourses in interesting and creative ways.

I sense these two shifts in finding and using information might open new ways of thinking, sharing, and solving problems. Here’s one for technology.

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