Category Archives: Information Literacy

A Roundup of Space-Related Links

I’m sure you have more than enough Olympics news and links to last you through the month, but there has also been an amazing amount of space-related news these past few weeks.  The 43rd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.  The Mars Curiosity Rover landing.  Now the Perseid meteor shower this weekend.  Some news about our old friend Voyager leaving the solar system.

I’ve been reading Brian Floca’s Moonshot to my kids.  It’s a GA Picture Book nominee and ties in well with all this news.  Plus it’s a perfect read aloud for any age level.  Even the teachers who have stuck around to listen find it interesting.  Here’s a link to Brian Floca’s website.

A few years ago (on the 40th anniversary of the Apolo 11 landing) this mind-blowing site was created:  It’s a recreation of the entire mission from launch to landing with real audio, photos, videos and other goodies.

NASA’s site is, of course, the perfect place to catch up on what’s been going on with Curiosity and to go back and watch highlights from their video gallery.  Exciting stuff!

And if you are not familiar with him yet, you need to introduce yourself to the link-happy Larry Ferlazzo, a high school ELL teacher in California who seemingly spends 30 hours a day collecting and sharing the best links on, well, anything and everything including the best sites to learn more about the Mars Rover Curiosity.

Now I gotta go get ready to stay up tonight for the Perseid show

Jim Randolph

Partee Elementay

Snellville, GA


By now you’ve probably seen an infographic or two – they are popping up everywhere. Infographics are an interesting way to display statistics for the media center, whether to administrators or to teachers and students. I also think this has tremendous potential in the classroom as a meaningful way for students to represent information. However, they are not easy to create for those of us who are not graphic designers. That’s where Piktochartcomes in handy!

I’ve played around with and it’s easy enough to use that I’ve recommended it to one of my teachers that is willing to try new web tools with her students. After creating an account, Piktochart provides 5 templates to choose from. (Think making a brochure with Publisher.) Our plan is to have kids use piktochart to represent each time period in American Lit. Last year she said her students had trouble connecting one time period to the next, so we’ll be sure to include that as a requirement in the infographic (i.e. What were the people in this time period reacting to from the previous time period?)  We’ll print them and use them in the classroom as a refresher before tests.

I’ll try to remember to update this post after we complete the project. In the meantime, I wish everyone the best for a happy and productive school year!

~Holly Frilot, CHHS Media Center

Power Searching with Google

Dan Russell has a very cool title: Senior Research Scientist, Google Inc.

He’s also a clear-spoken and affable guide to the ins and outs of really searching with Google.

If you want to sharpen your Google-searching skills there’s a short, free course going on right now over here:

I admit, I use Google enough that I didn’t learn too much from the first two classes.  But I did learn a few tings and found the course design well done (which has given me some ideas for future online learning I may do with students and teachers).

The third class gets into more advanced stuff and I did learn more there.  I happily got an A on my midtem this morning.

Apparently if you take the midterm and final you will get a certificate emailed to you so you can show off your new found skills.

Here’s a news article from Mashable on the course:

Go for it!  And share the course with other students and educators you think may benefit.


Jim Randolph

Partee Elementary

Snellville, GA

Navigating the Information Tsunami: Engaging Research Projects that Meet the Common Core Standards, K-5

Cherry Lake Publishing has a new and exciting book coming out called, Navigating the Information Tsunami:  Engaging Research Projects that Meet the Common Core Standards, K-5.  This text offers 18 projects, three from each grade level K-5, that go well-beyond fact recall.  These lessons are all grounded in the new Common Core Standards and focus on quality student research from our earliest learners to our older elementary students.  Each lesson is written by an educator who is an expert on the many literacies involved in research projects, the school teacher-librarian.  While the  lessons are written for classroom teachers, they all incorporate collaboration with the school librarian at some point during the project.  Also within the pages of the book, there are many graphic organizers and tips on topics such as citing sources in a multimedia world, creative commons images, what to do when Youtube is blocked, and more.  I encourage every elementary library in Georgia to own at least one copy of this book.  There are even featured lessons from Georgia librarians, Andy Plemmons & Linda Martin.  Check out the attached flyer and order your copy today!

Andy Plemmons

School Librarian

David C. Barrow Elementary

Athens, GA

Information Literacy in Savannah-Time for Proposals!

Here’s your chance to hear Joyce Valenza deliver our keynote address AND spend time in beautiful Savannah in September learning and sharing your ideas about information literacy!

Call for Proposals for the
9th Annual Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy

September 21 – 22, 2012
Coastal Georgia Center
Savannah, Georgia

Proposal deadline: April 15, 2012

For complete conference details and access to the online submission form, please access the website at:

Join us in Savannah for this annual conference jointly hosted by
Georgia Southern University’s:

Zach S. Henderson Library
Department of Writing and Linguistics, College of Liberals Arts & Social Sciences
College of Education
And the Continuing Education Center

See you there!

Judi Repman