Developing Digital Literacy at Your Library. www.media-awareness.ca/english/games/jocool_jofool/index.cfm. Media Awareness Network (MNet) is a Canadian not-for-profit centre for media and digital literacy. Vision:
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Media Awareness Network (MNet) is a Canadian not-for-profit centre for media and digital literacy.
To ensure children and youth possess the necessary critical thinking skills and tools to understand and actively engage with media.
Vision: To ensure children and youth possess the necessary critical thinking skills and tools to understand and actively engage with media
Schools = 10,000 (two thirds of schools, 80% of student enrolment)
Libraries = population of 5 million
MNet’s digital literacy resources are informed by its long-term Young Canadians research project -- the largest study of children’s Internet use in Canada
Findings informedpolicy setting in schools, government and libraries (CLA policy document on managing the Internet in libraries)
Approximately 6,000 students
French and English schools,
rural and urban
All provinces and territories
Funded by Government
Moral panic around safety has lead to heavy-handed
Responses, including criminalizing young people.
Children need to be taught critical thinking and ethical decision making skills for their online activities (digital literacy skills).
We need to create places for children to go online to learn these skills.
Creative Producers of IT, Media and Content
Citizen & CommunityEmpowerment
Digital Life Skills
Digital Participation in Canada
Input / Output skills
Digital Life Skills
Tools & Text Skills
Public libraries have a longstanding and growing role in literacy, including digital literacy.
User-created content will require enhanced authentication skills.
Libraries will provide digital information and create new tools for understanding how to select and use information.
Wendy Newman, Third Generation Public Libraries, 2008
PD summer institutes for teachers
Other programs and speakers include:
Internet SafetyIntro to Media Literacy at your LibraryPaul Nesbitt-Larking - Politics of the NewsSam Trosow - Copyright and Information PolicyHal Niedzviecki - Social MediaShari Graydon - Media Marketing
Contact Heather Macdonald:Media and Health Librarian
Promoting databases… homework help
Brownies and guides
In-service training sessions
Reference: Check out the Visual Dictionary Online. This includes over 6,000 images and 20,000 terms with contextual definitions.
Database: Eureka provides us with full text articles from La Presse, Le Droit, Protégez-vous and L'Actualité. It also offers access to smaller English newspapers such as the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder and the Pembroke Daily Observer.
Database: Read today’s newspaper through Library Press Display! This database includes the Ottawa Citizen, the Ottawa Sun, the Globe and Mail, le Journal de Montréal and the Toronto Sun. It gives you access to all images, classifieds and advertisements. It includes RSS feeds and has an audio function that allows you to listen to the newspaper content
Our Gale databases have a new interface! Some of the features include a machine translation tool, a citation tool to help with the creation of bibliographies and even the ability to listen to articles in mp3 format. The affected databases include: Academic Onefile, General Reference Center Gold and InfoTrac Collection.
Mini-sessions for principals
Your Library @ Home
For Research and
Ottawa Public Library services
Why teachers and students need to learn about databases
Quick intro to databases
How to book school sessions and class visits to library branches
Working with newcomer agencies
Safety on our website
The workshops touch briefly on many key Internet issues:
Ethics and cyberbullying
Evaluation of online information
Student workshops in homework clubs
Pilot project with Girl Guides Canada.
Doing a project
Cyber Sense \\ I have a special secret,Whenever I'm online -I don't share with othersThe things that are just mine.\\ My e-mail and my home address,My phone number and name -These are just for me to know,In chat rooms or in games. \\ Instead, I use my nonsense name -It's my online identity!When people ask me who I am,I introduce my "cyber-me." \\ And when I want to surf the Web,for places that are cool,I get some help from mom or dad,or teachers from my school.
Don’t forget the library databases.
Easily accessible from home with your library card
And your pin # (last four digits of your phone #)
Go to the library website (address on the bottom of your library card) and go to
“Find Articles and Research Guides” – click on it
Scroll down to sort by subject and select “KIDS” and “go”
Find a list of encyclopaedias, articles, databases and more, all designed to help you with your school project.
Databases vs. Websites: What's the Difference?
Databases have information you can't find using search engines - like the latest magazine and newspaper articles.
The information in databases is written by experts and checked before it gets published; that's not necessarily true for websites.
With databases you can create a bibliography automatically.
Anyone can search the web but only people with an Ottawa Public Library card can use our databases. Membership has its privileges!
The challenge addresses five main issues girls and young women may encounter online:
Authentication of online information
Jo Cool or Jo Fool: Interactive Module and Quiz on Critical Thinking for the Internet
For Parents and Caregivers
For Children and Youth