The above infographic comes from the Berkman Center at Harvard University’s recent report, “Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality”, re-emphasizes how essential it is that we empower students at a young age with strong search skills. I know that I am helping students to evaluate websites through our school wide blogging project, but this study reminds me that I am not effectively teaching them how to shape their search to get better results.
The Four Key Findings:
1. Search shapes the quality of information that youth experience online.
2. Youth use cues and heuristics to evaluate quality, especially visual and interactive elements.
3. Content creation and dissemination foster digital fluencies that can feed back into search and evaluation behaviors.
4. Information skills acquired through personal and social activities can benefit learning in the academic context.