What is Information Fluency?
The Information Fluency website defines information fluency as “the ability to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically”.
Why Should I Care?
It is important for all teachers to practice and model information fluency and digital citizenship. Not only does it ensure that the resources that are used in the classroom are in compliance with copyright and fair use laws, it also teaches students how to find, evaluate, and use information.
Copyright & Fair Use for Teachers & Students
Copyright: Reuse, Remix, Transform!
Creative Commons Licensing
Creative Commons licenses provide a way for individuals to specify how their content and creations may be used by others. Options range from allowing others to share, modify and use your content for commercial purposes to only allowing others to use or share your content provided that they credit you and do not modify the content or use it for commercial purposes. Use this online tool to create a Creative Commons license logo for your content.
Copyright Friendly Image Search
Did you know that images found on the Internet cannot be legally used, even for educational use, if they are not labeled as copyright free or with a Creative Commons license allowing re-use? The search box below can be used to quickly search ten sites that provide copyright friendly images that can be used by teachers and students.
Fact Checking Sites
Reliable Search Sites
Our libraries offer access to several paid resources that provide information from reputable and reliable sources. Some of the resources include World Book Encyclopedia, Power Library, SIRS, History Study Center, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Check your building’s library webpage or with your librarian to learn more about the available resources and the logins.
Tech Tools & Resources
Use the links in the left navigation menu to access videos, tutorials, cheat sheets, and lesson ideas that utilize GSuite for Education tools. The resources for Gmail, Drive, and Calendar will provide tips to help you get organized and save time by working more efficiently. I strongly recommend Google Classroom for sharing and collecting files and links from students. The Share to Classroom extension makes it easy to quickly open any file or webpage on student Chromebooks.
Free Technology for Teachers - this site provides information about new tech tools along with instructional videos and tutorials for using tech tools for learning.
- free and fun way to create online quizzes for students. Questions and answer choices appear on student screens.
- provides a secure way for students to record and share videos.
Seesaw is a great parent communication app. It provides a secure portal for sharing photos, videos with parents. It is free and easy to use.
Adblock Plus - install this Chrome extension to block annoying and distracting ads. This extension has been installed for all BASD students when they sign in to their Chromebooks.
Useful Twitter Hashtags
This hashtag is a spinoff of the popular book by Todd Nelsoney and Adam Welcome. It features posts by educators emphasizing the importance of reminding students of their importance as people and focusing on student needs rather than test scores. I am encouraged by the positive nature of the posts.
This hashtag features tweets from Christine Pinto and other educators with a focus on strategies, lesson ideas, apps, and tech tools for primary students. These posts provide great ideas for how primary students can use their Chromebooks to learn content while learning digital skills.
#GSuiteEDU and #GoogleEDU
These hashtags provide official updates from Google for Education as well as tips and resources for teachers and students. I frequently find resources that teach me new skills. I also find valuable resources that I share with teachers.
Open Educational Resource (OER) Lessons
Copyright, Fair Use and Creative Commons: Information and Resources
This collection from Curriki provides resources for all grade levels along with ideas for classroom use and links to royalty free media.
This free lesson plan from PBS LearningMedia provides videos, questions for students, and teacher resources to teach students about sampling and copyright.
NetSmartz - This is the premier site for online safety resources for teachers, students, tech directors and parents. NetSmartz provides training resources, lesson plans, and videos for K-12 students including real-life stories.
Common Sense Media - This site provides quality digital citizenship resources for teachers, students, tech directors and parents. In addition to EdTech ratings and reviews, the site provides short videos that teach about online privacy and safety.