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Tricks for Kids and Information Literacy

Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

Tricks for Kids and Information Literacy

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I thought I might list a few sites like the one that Rosalia uses for her kids. I am sure you all know and have your favorites, but I did have some fun looking at these.

AS I write this column a school librarian, Stephanie Rosalia, is on the front page of The New York Times. Yes, THAT New York Times! How Awesome is that! Here's an excerpt:

The Future of Reading, "In Web Age, Library Job Gets Update" by Motoko Rich. Published Feb. 15, 2009 (www.ny times.com/2009/02/16/ books/16libr.html?_r=1).

It was the "aha!" moment that [librarian] Stephanie Rosalia was hoping for.

A group of fifth graders huddled around laptop computers in the school library overseen by Ms. Rosalia and scanned allaboutexplorers.com, A Web site that, unbeknownst to the children, was intentionally peppered with false facts.

Ms. Rosalia, the school librarian at Public School 225, a combined elementary and middle school in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, urged caution. "Don't answer your questions with the first piece of information that you find," she warned.

It's just wonderful to have the great work of school librarians profiled in the newspaper-especially a big one that has a big presence on the web-as well as seeing this article blogged relentlessly and posted to discussion lists. This is truly bulletin board worthy.

And, if you haven't already, you've also got to watch the video associated with this story on The New York Times website:

* "The 21st-Century Librarian," Video Library, The New York Times: http://video.nytimes.com/video/2009/02/15/arts/ 1194837851726/the-21stcentury-librarian.html. Published Feb. 19, 2009.

"School librarians like Stephanie Rosalia have transformed into multifaceted information specialists who guide students through the flood of digital information that confronts them on a daily basis."

My only quibble is that the video says that Rosalia isn't your typical school librarian. I hope that she is and that everyone strives to make a difference just like her!

So I thought I might list a few tricky sites like the one that Rosalia uses for her kids. I am sure you all know and have your favorites, but I did have some fun looking at these:

ROSALIA'S CHOICE SITE

All About Explorers

www.allaboutexplorers.com

SOCIAL

The Dog Island

www.thedogisland.com

Are you planning a doggy vacation?

Check out this dog sanctuary's rate card.

Mothers Against Videogame

Addiction and Violence

www.mavav.org

This one is very realistic and will engage teens.

Coalition to End Female

Mammary Mutilation

www.deadlysins.com/mammary/index.htm

This one is so real it feels true. I might have been fooled.

Coalition to Promote the Use of Child Soldiers

www.boring.ch/childsoldiers

This site is easier to see as potentially phony, but ...

The Federal Vampire and Zombie

Agency

www.fvza.org

This one is just in time for Stephenie Meyer and Twilight.

Driver's License Search

www.license.shorturl.com

You search and it seems real, but it catches you in the end.

HISTORICAL

History of a Victorian Robot

www.bigredhair.com/boilerplate/index.html

It sure looks real!

History House

www.historyhouse.com

Here's one to show the difference between satirical magazines and scholarly work.

RELIGIOUS

Landover Baptists

www.landoverbaptist.org

Will your students believe this (fake) extreme right-wing fundamentalist American Christian group?

Absolution Online

www.absolution-online.com

This site is for those busy parochial school learners!

POLITICAL

The Hitler Historical Museum

www. …

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