Web Literacy in the Hudson Valley

Last week I had an opportunity to facilitate a workshop on web literacy at Southeastern New York Library Resources Council (SENYLRC).

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Working with Carolyn, SENYLRC’s Education and Outreach Manager, it became clear that veracity of online information — a hot topic these days — was the optimal focus for this training. Fortunately, “evaluate” is one of the core 14 skills in Mozilla’s web literacy framework, and so I was able to rely on my experience with the Mozilla IMLS Web Literacy for Library Staff pilot project when planning this workshop.

My goal as a facilitator was to demonstrate activities that can be incorporated into the information literacy training librarians are already expert in delivering. I brought along three activities I’ve facilitated in the past — one that comes straight out of Mozilla’s suite of activities and two that I’ve created or adapted on my own.

Kraken the Code

Two Truths & Some Fake News

Build Your Own Algorithm

After running through these activities, I wrapped the session by analyzing the elements each of these activities has in common, and by talking a little bit about game theory. Participants were then organized into small groups to spend some time creating their own activities (they also had the option of remixing one of the three they’d experienced earlier in the workshop). I knew this workshop had gone well when each group explained their activity; the ingenuity and thoughtfulness each group showed for having fun while teaching these critical concepts was wonderful to see.