This week both sets of my students are looking at information literacy models, including my the model I developed – PLUS which stands for Purpose, Location, Use and Self-Evaluation. The Plus model (link needs updating) has been used in schools in the UK mainly but also in some schools in Australia and New Zealand. The model is similar to other IL models such The Big Six and has been used with different levels of students. Over the years, I have tried to stress that the model is not just a series of steps for students to follow in a linear fashion but should be seen as iterative, with students going back and forward in the steps. I now also think that the model can be used to get students thinking about their own approach to doing assignments or seeking information and that it might lead to students forming their own individual approach. When I interviewed some year 12 students in a UK high school, some of them told me that they had used PLUS as a basis for developing an approach which was their own and suited them.
On TV last week, there was an outstanding documentary called Reindeer Girls which follows 2 modern, mobile phone carrying, IPod listening teenage sisters who are part of the Sami people in the far north of Norway, as they help their family to take a herd of reindeer on a 250 kilometre migration. Stunning photography of the reindeer and the snow covered mountains, as well as an excellent commentary make this a must see programme. Until recently, only those in the UK who had watched or videoed the programme could watch it but now with the BBC’s iPlayer anyone in the world can watch the programme for a number of days after it was shown. Try it out.