Will this help me learn? My story
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16 January 2013
I work with our first year Initial Teacher Education undergraduates on a 'Foundation Skills' module which consists of all sorts of issues around starting university - personal development planning, basic ICT skills for the classroom, academic writing, VLE etc etc. Within this we look at digital information literacy both from their perspective as learners and as prospective classroom teachers who will be charged with developing these skills in the classroom.
The aspect I find most difficult to address is their perceived expertise, they just don't know what they don't know. There is also the perception of the majority of teachers (school and Uni) that the students are experts, certainly in comparison to them, and that basically we can just let them get on with it.
There is no doubt they are very confident and have expertise in certain areas (social networking) but their expertise lies within a very narrow area of interest. To illustrate this point, I discuss search engines and all students use google (so do I). Ask how many use advanced search and you will find one or two. The majority don't even know what it is.
Will come back to this later.
20:08 on 16 January 2013