I was down in London yesterday for this and after I met up with Ruth. I like the picture I took, it looks like she’s wearing a mask! We had coffee in a place near Bond Street. During the day we heard a lot about information literacy. Kathy Lemair of SLA was talking about it, I’d been reading about it on the train journey and can refer you to work here and here and in Sheffield (partly). These kind folk define it as: ‘the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand.’ So that’s literacy isn’t it?
Also in the literacy field its worth looking closely at the new Primary National Strategy. In Year 2 we have: ‘Wordprocess short narrative and non-narrative texts’ – that’s under Presentation. Under Creating and Shaping Texts in year 5 we have ‘Create multi-layered texts, including use of hyperlinks and linked web pages’ and ‘Use a range of ICT programs to present texts, making informed choices about which electronic tools to use for different purposes’ also under Presentation. There’s more there, too but how will it be interpreted? And finally for today, I’m keeping a close eye on the campaigning here where a local group is trying to oppose exploitative mining in the Peak District.