A Rainbow of Resources for Information Literacy in a Web2.0 world... ISTE Smackdown


Assessment and Pre-Assessment Tools - to help know what our students know/need to learn

TRAILS "TRAILS is a knowledge assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills based on sixth and ninth grade standards. This Web-based system was developed to provide an easily accessible and flexible tool for library media specialists and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students."

Assessment Techniques and Tips Visual of Assessment techniques by Marilyn Arnone

IRIS Quiz "30 questions that many WA librarians contributed to via the CLAMS listserv. Currently the quiz is set up so that students at Clark can take the quiz and have scores sent to their instructors. But anyone from anywhere can take the quiz and print their score."

Research Tutorials and Resources:

IRIS " IRIS 4-2 is a collection of tutorials to help you learn about information and research."

IMSA "21cif Wizards provide on-demand help using Google's search engine, evaluating online information and properly citing information"

SOS " is a dynamic web-based multimedia resource that includes peer-reviewed lesson plans, handouts, presentations, videos and other resources to enhance the teaching
of information literacy (K-16)."

Research Tutorial - From CSU Monterey Bay: "This tutorial provides instruction on how to find and retrieve information from various databases and the World Wide Web. Basic search concepts and strategies will also be covered. "

Concept Map of IL Resources and Tools - Lisa Metzer's visual list of tools and resources

Mobile Apps - information at your fingertips:


Search Tools: (see also Mobile Apps):

YoLink YoLink in Education Resources

Information Organizers - tools to help organize the flood of information:

Social Bookmarking Tools - to make your annotated bookmarks shareable AND available from anywhere - Diigo Delicious
RSS - Really Simple Subscriptions

Information Evaluation:

IMSA - website evaluator tool
Crap Test
Crap Detection Howard Rheingold's blog post on Crap Detection 101

Ethical Use of Information:

NoodleTools - a tool to help students learn to gather, organize, thoughtfully process, and cite resources
Creative Commons Search - a tool to search for copyright-friendly resources


ALA Community "To build a sense of community within AASL, various opportunities for social and professional networking are offered."

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner


Information gathering/Ethical use of information
Diigo- Social bookmarks, highlighting/annotating resources, facilitates group work and the teacher's ability to monitor the research process

Information evaluation
TOECAP criteria

More fun
Twitter-History projects, students take ownership of characters
Glogster-Teacher handouts, presentations, encourages creativity and brevity


Web 2.0 Tools
Perk Up Your Projects