Information Literacy Training

WGES Professional Development

What is Information Literacy?

In recent years, information literacy has become much more complex than simply knowing how to find information. According to the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), "Multiple literacies, including digital, visual, textual, and technological, have now joined information literacy as crucial skills for this century." Our students need to be able to find, evaluate, and use information fluently.

Read Me First

The purpose of this professional development is to deliver information to teachers that will help them discover ways in which they can integrate multiple literacies into lesson plans. Websites and resources will be shared to promote a better understanding of all standards, including literacy and technology standards.

The module includes:

1. Guiding Questions
2. Standards
3. Tasks
4. Remind Me
5. Sample Lesson Plan
6. Evaluation Form (sent to each staff members' email).

Guiding Questions

  • How can the media specialist more actively assist teachers in lesson planning?
  • Why is it important to embed literacy standards within all academic subjects?
  • What are the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learners and the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NET-S) and Teachers (NET-T)?
  • Where can you find additional resources for planning lessons integrated with literacy standards?

How can the media specialist more actively assist teachers in lesson planning?

I am a teacher too and I am here to support you, whether you need to locate a resource, or would like me to attend your planning sessions. I can teach you how to tie your Common Core standards to literacy standards and make cross-curricular connections. We are preparing our students for life-long learning and they must be ready to enter our information society.

Below you will find links to all of standards you can consider when developing lesson plans. First, let's see what the Georgia Department of Education has to say about information literacy:

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First, visit Item #1 to see how the AASL has aligned common core and literacy standards. Then, go to at least 3 of the suggested websites below to see how easy it can be to integrate information literacy into your current lesson plans.

1. AASL Learning Standards & Common Core Standards Crosswalk:
-Here you can view just how well the AASL and Common Core standards align. Click on the subject area of interest and go from there.

2. Archived lesson plans for grades K-5 from the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database:

3. S.O.S. for Information Literacy:
-This site was voted one of the Top 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning by the AASL. Some of the resources include peer-reviewed lesson plans, presentations, and videos to enhance your teaching of information literacy.

4. Common Curriculum:
- After a quick sign-in enter a lesson into the common core planner, then click "search for standard" to discover a standard match for your lesson plan.

5. Education World:
-This website offers lesson plans as well as information on how to integrate technology in your classroom.

6. 4Teachers:
-Ideas for infusing technology into your lesson plans can be found here.

Remind Me

Need a reminder of all the links and resources you've seen in this presentation?

You will have continued access to this presentation through our school's staff computer drive. I will also print copies of the links for you in case you'd prefer a hard copy to keep with your lesson plans.

Sample Lesson Plan

Grade Level: 5 (This lesson can easily be adapted for grades 2-6).
Title: American Historical Figures Class Powerpoint
Content Areas: Social Studies, ELA, Literacy Skills, Technology Skills
Timeline: 1 week (45-50 minutes each day)
Purpose: This is a culminating social studies activity that will include multiple social studies events and concepts. Students will also use research, note-taking and computer skills.
Summary: Students will create Powerpoint slides of important historical figures in American history in order to create a class presentation.
Standards: Social Studies-SS5H1,3,4,5,6,8.
AASL Standards: 1.1.8; 1.2.6; 1.3.1; 2.1.2; 2.2.4; 3.1.3; 3.1.4; 3.1.6.
NETS-T Standards: 1b; 2a,b; 3b,d.
Student Resources:
Print and electronic media (encyclopedias, nonfiction biographies, internet); Computers with Powerpoint; Storyboard slides and directions
1. Students begin in the media center working in cooperative groups to use print and electronic media to learn about important historical figures. Students will be be split into groups to research either inventors, pioneers, writers, scientists, or leaders, with an emphasis on people from the social studies standards.
2. Students will complete a Storyboard with the name of their person, birth and death dates, and at least 4 facts about the person.
3. Next, the class will go to the computer lab for an overview of Powerpoint. Templates will be used for consistency since this is a class presentation. Students will learn how to create animation and import sound and pictures from the internet.
4. Students create Powerpoint slides based on their Storyboard creations about the historical figures.
5. The class will work together to create the introductory and concluding slides.
6. Students will present their work by sharing their slides to the class. The Powerpoint presentation will also be uploaded to the class' webpage.
7. Students will be assessed using a rubric making sure they included all relevant steps throughout the process. They will also be graded on whether they included all necessary information on their slides.


Thank you for participating. Please revisit this page often and never hesitate to ask me questions or come in for help. Check your email for the Remind Me document (important links) and the Evaluation form for this presentation.