Media Literacy

Evaluating information
Literacy Mattershas many resources for teachers and students
Seven Faces of Information Literacy(PDF PPT). This is an excellent, researched-based overview of information literacy.
"I now understand that education is about being empowered to learn rather than being dependent on the teacher for acquiring knowledge and skills."

  • How do you use information in your everyday life and work?
  • Remember the details of a time when you used information effectively
  • Think about your picture of an effective information user ( or information literate person)
  • Think about your experience of being ( or trying to be) an information literate person –what do you do? Easily? What do you struggle with?

Copyright and Fair Use: Here are two interactive copyright activities: JISC uses scenarios and is more relevant to post-secondary; Cyberbee uses simple questions and answers. Technology & Learning Magazine has a great article about copyright and a handy chart (PDF).


Use Creative Commons materials with copyright license for use. Did you know? In Firefox, Creative Commons search is one of the toolbar search options.

a. Flickr Search for Creative Commons licensed products
Start a search at Flickr, and then click on the "Advanced Search", scroll and select "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content"
There is even an Images to Teach Languages group where you may find interesting visuals to use. All of the group members have agreed to share their content. Anyone can join the group and then tag an image to be added to the group's content. Explore fd's Flickr Toys Big Huge Labs to add special effects to the photos you have stored at Flickr. Use Dumpr to turn photos into coloring book images, make them look old, turn them into globes, cubes, etc

b. Stock.xchnghas both free and for-purchase images. Registration is required. Note the terms of use of each item. Individuals may upload content to the site and add terms.


You can choose:

(1) explore Google Maps - there is more to Google Maps than directions - you can add custom layers, rich with information, on top of Google maps. Plus, did you ever use Google Maps in the target language?

(2) explore new Web 2.0 authoring environments - these are different tools from the Web 2.0 environments from the environments shared in our last workshop. If you choose this option, visit this wikipage to continue (scroll down past the blog and wiki chart - the new tools begin at "Creating with images"). And, YOUR TASK: Create 3 new products of your choice. Post the URL to the products you create on our Wall at WallWisher.

Google Maps

More than just directions!

America's Highway: Oral Histories of Route 66
Embedding YouTube Videos into placemarks
Writing a Story in Google Maps by Silvia Tolisano
Postcard geography: Colette Cassinelli
Google Map Mania blog has various mashups of data on Google maps.

Create a custom map in Google Maps:

YOUR TASK #1: Create a "My Map" that includes text, photo, and video. Hint: you will need a Google Account to do so. Register for a Google Account (using any email address as the login) at Google's website.

Using Google Maps in the target language.
Google presentation format: Using Google Maps in Different Languages to "Get Directions."
Watch this ppt for an explanation of using street view with Google maps.

YOUR TASK #2: Create an activity that would include Google maps from the target language country.