The information in the modern Age: Information Literacy
Information is defined as facts or details about a subject. Acquiring information has never been as easy as it is today. Before, people spend a lot of time, effort, and money on research. Today information is just at the tip of the user’s fingertips.
Advancements in technology have led to an insurmountable availability of information and a more convenient means of accessing them. However, it raises issues of credibility of the available information, requiring rigorous filtering information and verification. Information literacy aims to solve this issue.
There are four skills necessary to be information literate. First is to be able recognize when information is needed, second is to have the ability to locate and access said information, third is being able to evaluate to assess said information, and lastly the ability to use the needed information effectively.
An Information literate individual is able to:
- Determine the extent of Information needed
- Access the needed information and its sources critically
- Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
- Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purposes
- Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally
Technology literate students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of concepts underlying hardware, software, networking connectivity and in use of computers and applications;
- Demonstrate an understanding of ethics and safety issues in using electronic media and responsible use of technology, and;
- Use technology for communication, research and collaboration and problem-solving. With proficient technology skills, students should be able to locate, collect, synthesize, and evaluate information from a variety of digital sources, and use telecommunications and other media to interact or collaborate with peers, experts, and other audiences.