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2001 Gwen Gawith: Digitised Cinderellas

2001 Cathy de Moll: The Internet and September 11 disaster

2001 Mark Treadwell: Cognitive and conceptual development

2001 Gillian Eadie: ICT directions

2001 Rob Green: Integrating ICT into the secondary curriculum: PD for teachers

2001 Gwen Gawith: Garbage detection is a key component of information literacy

2000 Ron Johnston: Knowledge is abundant, but the ability to use it is scarce

2000 Stuart Hale: The last communication revolution.

1999 Pete Sommerville: Virtual field trips.

1999 Gwen Gawith: An open letter to Bill Gates.

1999 Gwen Gawith: Hype, hope or information literacy.

1998 Mark Treadwell: The emperor's new computer.

1998 Nola Campbell: A conversation about being online.

1998 Gwen Gawith: Intelligent technologies: Teaching for information literacy.

1997 Gwen Gawith: Technology and ODL: Rent an information literate luddite!

1997 Gwen Gawith: Technology and learning.

1996 Gwen Gawith: IT: charms or challenges.

1994 Gwen Gawith: new technologies: new skills for information literacy.

information literacy:
ICT & learning online

Garbage detection is a key component of information literacy

Gwen Gawith

This unbelievable garbage came through my email from idiots at



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Well, e-age millennial miracles be blowed!.

"Did you have a nice weekend." "Yes, lovely thank you. I ordered a Ph.D. Then I had to send a digitized picture and it came back as a graduation picture (amazing what you can do with Photoshop and a little jpegging), so I then had to frame it for my office wall. I think I’ll doan MBA next weekend because that will be bound to impress the BOT at my next interview."

Several days later I listened to a funny and provocative keynote address by Mark Treadwell in which he talked about, woops, closing the gap between information, knowledge and wisdom, or words to that effect. Well, I agree with him, but I sat there thinking, from my information literacy perspective how much we actually assume about critical discrimination - the ability to sort the grot from the gold - in the light of the e-revolution. Call it garbage detection, if you prefer. Mark also talked about one of the many websites where kids can buy assignments on any topic to a chosen grade level, i.e. B grade assignments have a few spelling mistakes and typos so that makes Good Teacher a B grade magazine. Woops! Alan Cooper had talked about the same thing, and the same site, the previous week in his Cooper Column on

I think it’s the tip of the iceberg, and I wonder how many teacher actually check student assignments, or teach them anything about plagiarism, ‘passing off’ and breach of copyright. In an article I co-authored with Tim Melchior, an American secondary school principal, and others in 1995 Tim described a trick he played on his own staff: Recently one of us, as an exercise, wrote a 68 page paper on Burkina Faso... The paper contained maps, charts, comparisons of economic indicators and information on culture, religions and political systems. The paper was reviewed by faculty members and judged to be an effective, comprehensive article. Yet the author put it together electronically in 38 minutes and acknowledged that he knew little more about the country than when he had begun...

The sux commandments for the new Millennium (not on

1. The best technology we can develop is the computer that sits on kids’ shoulders. Let us develop it.

2.The best software we can provide is the level of literacy kids need to use information with critical discrimination. Let us install it and teach them to use it so as to,

3.let them not get sucked into, or commit scams, or buy their diplomas.

4.Lead them also not into contempt of copyright and abuse of other people’s intellectual property for which the consequences are not always international recognition and a key to the kingdom.

5. Lead the dear teachers to good reputable websites and insist that they build the requirement to sort, sift, analyse, synthesise and cogitate upon that which is contained in the websites into their assignments.

6. If all else fails, give courses for parents and caregivers and anyone else who does the homework, so that they, at least, may develop these skills.