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Reflection on Unit 2

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Reflection on Unit 2

My first in Information Literacy was interesting. We met new student-teachers along with our lecturer. We discussed the course outlines and talk about what information is and the different sources. Information is data or knowledge gathered from around us. We looked at primary, secondary and tertiary information. Primary sources are original information coming from personal experiences, eye witness account and product information. Examples are people, companies, and organizations. Secondary sources are raw data being analyzed into reports, presentations usually by a teacher. Examples are magazines, newspapers, books, encyclopedias. Tertiary data is based upon opinions about primary or secondary information; examples are journals, magazines, newspaper commentaries, review journals, literature reviews, Virginia State University, 2015.

I believe it is best to use the original of any data which is more accurate and true especially coming from an eyewitness or personal experience. The credibility of the information is very important. However secondary data is mostly used than primary data. As a teacher, I rely mostly on secondary data/sources since primary source are difficult to find in certain topic areas especially books and internet websites.

There will always be a place for the library which is a good source of information/data. The library may seem old fashion but it is one of the best secondary sources for data/information. I believe as teachers, we should all utilize the library and the journals and current newspapers.

Our information needs as student-teachers is to find the appropriate data for required assignments, being able to access the different information sources and sites and to gather information to further gain knowledge for future use. Concepts and procedures were discussed too and a concept is a thought or idea, Dictionary reference, 2015. A process is an instance of a computer program that is being executed. It contains the program code and its current activity, Dictionary reference, 2015.

Tools that can be used to create portfolios are weebly and wikia. These are cost effective and are easier to use and understand. Information can be classified using the Dewey Decimal System and Library of Congress. The Dewey Decimal Classification System is a method used to classify books according to their purpose, type and other common traits. I would say it is a guide to find different books under different categories. The numerical system is good because it goes unlimited. However persons may rather the Library of Congress classification system which may seem easier to find documents. According to the SSTC library, books are classified based on their discipline or field of study. For example, the book Child Development would be under the discipline Education found under Social Sciences. A World of Prose would be categorized under Prose under the discipline of Arts. The Daily Newspapers would be in the area of Information.

I am learning as the course progresses and now I am appreciating the library more and their way of classification. As the course continues I know I will adopt and make the necessary changes to make learning more fun. 

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