Managing Information in the 21st Century [slide]

I don’t have a whole heck of a lot of time to write today, but I figured you might be interested in this slide that I’ve created for an upcoming presentation on teaching in the 21st Century:

(download slide and view original image credit on Flickr)

The way I see it, one of our primary responsibilities should be to teach kids to manage individuals, ideas and information efficiently.

How often do those skills and behaviors play a role in YOUR classroom conversations?

(Sadly even my answer would be, “Not often enough.”)



Original Image Credit: Found by idogcow


Licensed Creative Commons Attribution on May 7, 2011

8 thoughts on “Managing Information in the 21st Century [slide]

  1. Debryc

    I want to teach my students these skills of information curation but I don’t know how. I find it challenging myself to find reading level accessible material for my fifth graders.
    Are there any good blogs/books to read that can help us start purposefully planning lessons and learning experiences on information curation and research?

  2. Pamela South

    I definately agree with you. As a Media Specialist/Teacher Librarian I see that as the focus of everything I do. The collaboration that can occur between media specialists and classroom teachers pulls the best from both parties, creating learning experience that are rich and engaging and teach students how to locate, evaluate, collect, organize, and recreate information.

  3. Dr. Bob

    Hey Bill,
    I think this thought might be in line with your thinking regarding 21st century and technology in schools. How do we get K12 to see that technology is not for information transmission but for knowledge creation?

  4. Kanukook

    Hi, Bill — stumbled across you via a tweet from another school Librarian. Your slide is great. Some of your readers may not realize it, but your slide describes what we school Librarians teach our students. The more people who teach these skills, the better — especially given the nation-wide push to eliminate school librarians from our schools (google LAUSD librarians for some horror stories). In this age of instantaneous information, information literacy skills MUST be taught to our students, lest they drown in information overload.

  5. Josephenderson

    Definitely agree. But that process of streamlining seems highly contextual and probably very ideologically driven. I saw Jim Gee speak a few weeks ago about “passionate affinity spaces,” but he neglected to address the political reality that shapes information and knowledge. Sure, efficiency matters, but toward what (and who’s) end? I’m struck by the words “the voices that matter.” Perhaps some voices are better than others? Who gets to define which voices get streamlined? Can we even control that, or will our students largely make us irrelevant there?

  6. Bill Ferriter

    Hey Joesph,
    First, thanks for stopping by the Radical. Its good to see you in this space—and I appreciate the pushback.
    Its been interesting to me to see the reaction that Ive been getting to my push for efficiency in learning over the past few days. I Tweeted a similar message yesterday and people replied in DROVES telling me that efficiency shouldnt be a priority for schools at all.
    I think where our positions diverge is that people equate efficiency with superficial learning. Thats not how I see it at all.
    To me, teaching students to be efficient involves finding streams of information, individuals and ideas that are worth learning from in the heaping bucket of digital slop that were surrounded by. Until you can tune into the voices that matter, the deep and meaningful learning that we all care about is simply impossible.
    Efficiency is so much more important today than it was in previous generations simply because our access to information, ideas and individuals was so limited. Today, distractions and wrong turns are everywhere. Making sense of whats available is the first step in figuring out what youve got and what it all means.
    Any of this make sense?

  7. Josephenderson

    Bill, I partially agree with this. Yes, it’s important to be able to manage information efficiently, but how do we also teach them what is most important? More efficiently managed information doesn’t necessarily translate into increased wisdom, does it?

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