detection is a key component of information literacy
garbage came through my email from idiots at firstname.lastname@example.org
prosperous future, money earning power, and the admiration of
from prestigious non-accredited universities based on your present
knowledge and life experience.
tests, classes books or interviews.
masters, MBA, and doctorate (PhD) diplomas available in the field
of your choice.
No one is
to receive your diploma within days
Call 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week, including Sundays and holidays.
millennial miracles be blowed!.
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."
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 TheSchoolDaily.com.
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...
sux commandments for the new Millennium (not on www.schoolsux.com)
The best technology we can develop is the computer that sits
on kids’ shoulders. Let us develop it.
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,
them not get sucked into, or commit scams, or buy their diplomas.
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.
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
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