Teaching the Big 6 Promoting Student Information Literacy. Melissa Dow Computer Teacher Villa Maria Academy Lower School. Things to Think About. There are 540,000 words in the English language – 5 times more than in Shakespeare’s time.
Villa Maria Academy Lower School
There are 540,000 words in the English language – 5 times more than in Shakespeare’s time.
A single modern-day newspaper contains more information than an average person in the 17th Century was likely to come across in their entire lifetime.
In 1971 the average American was targeted by at least 560 daily advertising messages. Twenty years later, that number has risen six fold, to 3,000 messages per day.
Number of web pages in 1995: 1.3 million
Number of web pages in 2000: 1 billion
Number of web pages in 2005: 19.2 billion
The amount of technical information is doubling every two years.
By 2010, it is predicted to double every 72 hours!
When We Were in School
A term coined by author David Shenk, it refers to the idea that too much information can create a barrier in our lives. This data smog is produced by the amount of information, the speed at which it comes to us from all directions, the need to make fast decisions, and the feeling of anxiety that we are making decisions without having ALL the information that is available or that we need.
Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." (American Library Association)
The Big 6