Basics of Information Culture
Classes are held by: Olga Kim, Head of Library
At the beginning of the school year, an optional course is conducted in the library of the Lyceum for pupils of grades 1–4 “Basics of the Information Culture of a Schoolchild”
The younger school age is one of the most crucial stages in the development of a child. During this period the formation of learning activities takes place. Among the general educational skills are cognitive and speech activities, work with information, the components of which include the skills of searching for necessary information, transformation and storage of information.
The purpose of the course “Basics of the information culture” is to make a student a consumer of information in the modern “information explosion”, teach him rational methods of searching, analyzing and synthesizing information, teach the “information self-service” technique, form information qualities, which can characterize the student’s personality as informational.
The students achieve their goals through the following tasks:
- Mastering rational methods and methods of independent information search.
- Mastering the methods of analytical and synthetic processing of information.
- The study and practical use of the preparation and presentation of the results of independent educational and cognitive work.
- Formation of information security, critical thinking and critical attitude to information, mastering the skills of critical analysis of information, coming from the media to protect against possible manipulative effects.
The course is intended to become the basis for the rational organization of student learning. This is due to the fact that the course forms universal-learning actions, primarily information-logical skills: analysis, synthesis, classification, synthesis, systematization, interpretation, evaluation, argumentation, ability to fold and unfold information, and the ability to use a personal computer and information and communication technologies for collecting, storing, converting and transmitting various types of information. The formation of such meta-ideas is aimed to develop critical and creative thinking, the ability of an individual not to take as belief any information received, to find new independent solutions for non-standard situations, to combine well-known methods of activity with new ones. Currently, the formation of meta-understanding becomes the central task of any training.
The course does not include the training of students to work on the computer. Today’s children, or as they are called “digital natives” can do a lot: independently enter the Internet, “download” any files, install any games and programs on a computer. However, they often do it thoughtlessly, turning work with ICT technologies into entertainment. The course is training in work with information, including ICT technologies, familiarizing with the world of culture, including eternal values, like love of a book and reading. The “super task” of this course is to develop a responsible attitude towards searching, analyzing and synthesizing information, its critical evaluation and ethical use, and shaping the information security of a person.