Your Resource for Information Literacy
Yesterday, one of our Co-Founders and Co-CEOs, Neal Taparia, was a guest at Quartz’s “The Next Billion” forum where he discussed the advantages and challenges of hardware and software technologies in increasing worldwide accessibility to education. Neal also talked about what he has learned from the students who use EasyBib and ResearchReady, including their struggles to navigate through all the information found online.
If you haven’t heard of Quartz’s “The Next Billion” forum, it is a “gathering of global business leaders designed to foster lively debate and spark productive collaborations about the next wave of internet users and beyond.” Neal was one of more than 20 speakers who are well-known in their field, including CNN International’s Peter Bale, Susan Athey from Microsoft and Vodafone’s Claire Alexandre.
Neal spoke about online learning, while other topics included digital finance, cybersecurity and crowdsourcing.
During the fifteen minute panel, Neal talked about how technology can bridge the education gap – but technology can only do so much. Support is required from educators and teachers to make online education a success. Online classes aren’t meant to replace in-person education, they are meant to augment education and support learning. Neal also acknowledged the challenges posed to districts short of funding for technology and how this can widen achievement gaps where technology isn’t available.Read More
As part of National Information Literacy Awareness Month, we are excited to feature guest posts from leaders in the field. We are honored to have Neil Krasnoff from Dallas ISD contribute.
Recently, I heard Lee Rainie of Pew Research Center speak at a Librarians Expo in Plano, Texas. One phrase from his highly engaging talk that stuck in my mind was the idea of information as a “third skin.” Rainie is referring to the networked teen or young adult that lives in a universe of near-continual connectivity and social media.
This new development of humanity necessitates an even greater urgency to emphasize information literacy skills in high school and college education, and it challenges librarians to adapt their instruction to the brave new world of social media.
Librarians have waged the battle against unreliable, unsourced information on the Internet since the beginning of the World Wide Web. With the help of tools like EasyBib, we have demanded students compile their sources in a methodical manner, evaluating each before adding it to their bibliography. The skill is mainly useful in an academic environment where students can be held accountable for their behavior.Read More
According to a 2011 Plagiariam and Technology study from the Pew Research Center, 55% of college presidents say that plagiarism in college papers has increased in the past 10 years. On top of that, 89% of the college presidents believe that computers and the internet are the reason that plagiarism is on the rise. Those are some unfortunate statistics.Read More
The start date of the 16th Annual AASL National Conference: Rising to the Challenge is approaching quickly, and we know librarians and educators are just as excited as we are!
This year’s conference name, Rising to the Challenge, really resonated with members of our team. From the many conversations we’ve had with educators across the country, we’ve learned that this is going to be one challenging year for students and educators alike. With the advent of the Common Core State Standards, access to resources to help students are needed more than ever, yet we continue to see budget cuts and job losses in library services throughout the country.Read More
One mission of Imagine Easy Solutions is to build products that will make a difference in the lives of librarians, educators and students. ResearchReady, our online instruction and assessment platform that teaches information literacy skills, has received positive reviews from educators across the K-20 space.
As a librarian who has worked in academia, I’ve witnessed the struggles students face first-hand when conducting college-level research for the first time — it’s apparent that the necessary research skills for higher ed are different and more advanced than those required in high school.
Caity and I understand that ResearchReady needs to address information literacy at all levels of learning. After conferring with academic librarians across the country — including Bill Badke, information literacy expert and author of the popular Research Strategies textbook — we are excited to share our newest curriculum for higher education, ResearchReady Level 3.
With lessons on evaluating research methodologies, contributing to the academic community, identifying bias, presenting your findings and more, ResearchReady’s academic curriculum covers the advanced information literacy skills required for college-level research.
We’ve ensured that ResearchReady’s Level 3 curriculum is aligned with the current ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. (We will realign as necessary when the standards’ revision is finalized by the ACRL task force next year.)
Learn more about ResearchReady’s academic curriculum, or review the outline below.Read More