Research Review & Screencast Adventure

I enjoyed the article I read, “I Find Google a lot Easier than Going to the Library Website.”  Imagine Ways to Innovate and Inspire Students to Use the Academic Library by Lisa Connoway, Donna Lanclos, and Erin Hood.  I also really enjoyed making my first screencast and loved the tool.  It was very easy to use, although the 15 minutes was challenging to squeeze in what I wanted to say.  I had a few retakes.  Here is a link to my first ever screencast:

The article discussed the results of three year study done by Connoway  in regard to how late stage secondary students and “emerging students” both in the U.K. and U.S. used technology and information sources (Connoway, 2011).

The article is speaking to academic librarians, but also indirectly to school librarians.  She is trying to answer whether or not technology usage and information sources differ depending on the year of schooling a student is in.

  • Defines what literacy and digital literacy means
  • Divides academic students into 4 educational stages and how each engages with technology and information sources
  • User centered study with diaries and videos of 61 students provided to the researchers
  • Researcher is reporting how the subjects are getting their information, how they interact on-line based on the context of their situation, and identifying how their usage changes or doesn’t change over the lifetime of their college education
  • Information learned was how the usage doesn’t change all that much as students progress through their education.  Students rely on certain technologies more – i.e. email and digital resources as they progress, but still look to peers and classmates for information
  • Limitations of the study could be the method of collecting data
  • Raised some important questions – why are “emerging students” not ready with search skills beyond Google and Wikipedia? what is missing in HS?  & What needs to be done to gain these skills prior to college or when they arrive at their university/college? How are university/colleges responding to this “missing link”?
  • These questions link to my own interests in possibly working in an academic environment
  • School and public libraries definitely need to join this conversation and look at how students are learning their digital literacy skills
  • Media and literacy professionals somehow need to bridge this “missing link” as well and help collaborate with school and public librarians

Please watch if you are interested in hearing my “ums” and “ahs”, & to hear more about what I learned and what came about for me to research further.



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