McHENRY, IL - August 23, 2000 - A new free web service from Follett Software Company, the leading provider of library automation and information access solutions, will assist K-12 educators in the development of students' critical information literacy skil1s. The service consists of a new Web Links page on the company's curriculum-focused web site, www.pathwaysmode1.com. The page provides teachers and librarians with direct links to some of the best web sites educators have found for help teaching information literacy skills.
Easy Access to Exceptional Information Literacy Skills Web Sites
The Pathways Model web site features Follett Software's widely used Pathways to Knowledge information skills model and resources. Free access to the new Web Links page is the latest enhancement to the site, which is a popular resource for educators involved with teaching information literacy skillsskills that help students learn a variety of ways to gather information, assess the validity and importance of information, and determine how to best use information.
All of the sites on the Web Links page are carefully reviewed by prominent education professionals, including Dr. Marjorie Pappas, visiting professor at the University of Northern Iowa and co-author of the Pathways Model, and Angela Bennett, retired supervisor of library and information services for the Arlington Public Schools in Arlington, Virginia. The web sites are annotated, so visitors can determine whether the sites will meet their needs before spending time visiting them. And the links are updated regularly to ensure educators have the most current information at their disposal.
The Web Links page is located at www.pathwaysmodel.com!resources/weblinks/. It breaks the web sites into six categories:
- Information Literacy: Web sites focused on integrating information literacy into curriculum, exemplary information literacy lesson plans, examples of information literacy curriculums, and state standards that include information literacy.
- Authentic Learning: Web sites that show all types of authentic learning in practice. This includes authentic learning, student-centered learning, problem-based learning, inquiry learning, authentic assessment, etc.
- Authentic Resources: Web sites that enable authentic learning by connecting learners with real world information, such as museums, virtual field trips, primary source documents and access to experts.
- Interactive Learning: Web sites that enable interactive communication between learners as they work collaboratively on a learning activity.
- Research: Web sites that provide research studies and articles about authentic learning and information literacy.
- Web-Based Tools: Web sites that provide actual working tools students can use in their learning activities.
"The Web Links page will prove invaluable for people working with information literacy, authentic learning and inquiry learning," said Ann Tepe, Follett Software's director of curriculum integration. "It gives educators a single location to access a number of resourceful sites that will help them succeed in teaching these important skills."
Beyond the new Web Links page, visitors to www.pathwaysmode1.com will find:
- Background on information literacy skills
- A preview of the Pathways Model
- Curriculum resources, including ready-to-use thematic units (free samples)
- On-site information literacy workshops
- Free professional development articles written by well-known educators
- Recommended resources
About Follett Software Company
Since 1985, Follett Software Company has provided school, public and special libraries with leading-edge library automation, Internet and curriculum resource software and services. Its Circulation Plus oftware, with more than 30,000 installations worldwide, is the number one selling library automation system in the K-12 marketplace. Follett Software Company is a division of Follett Corporation, and is headquartered in McHenry, IL. In 1999, the company was ranked among the top ten largest software companies in Chicago. For additional information, call (800) 323-3397 or go to www.fsc.follett.com.