Need to know
This is an Information Handling
There are 11 lessons of about one hour.
Key Stage 4.
This covers assessment targets in English and ICT
through planning a holiday.
"Any fool can know
the point is to understand"
Information handling is a skill which is essential in this information
This skill or set of skills must be taught in an integrated way,
not in isolation, seen as a part of all learning not just taught
in one lesson.
Teachers reading this might reflect on how these skills might
form part of their teaching and schools might appreciate that
when all departments use this set of strategies or a unified
approach to information handling, every department and every
teacher finds it easier, while every pupil is equipped with the
tools of finding out.
Using a computer for editing, processing and presenting work
also benefits all parties, moving away from the traditional "how
to word process" model towards using the unique information
processing potential which only good word processing software
There are several techniques which are helpful in developing
your ability to handle information.
Most of the following lessons rely on digital information and
so you should be familiar with the word processing skills of
copy, paste, inserting text and moving blocks of text.
This lesson scheme loosely follows
the six stages of
- locating and gathering
- selecting and appraising
- organising and recording
- communicating and realising
It relates to the following English
National Curriculum Targets:
En1 Speaking & Listening,
En2 Reading & Writing
"select, compare and synthesise
information from different texts" En2 4a p50
"sift the relevant from
the irrelevant and distinguish between fact and fiction, bias
and objectivity" 4c p50
"to extract meaning beyond
the literal ..." En2 1a p49
"take different views
into account" En1 3b p46
"sift, summarise and
use the most important points" En1 3c p47
"plan, draft and redraft"
En3 2a p52
"organise ideas and information,
distinguishing between analysis and comment" En3
"clarify and synthesise
others' ideas" En1 3e p47
"use a range of techniques
and different ways of organising and structuring material to
convey ideas, themes and characters" En3 1d p52
of presentation" En1 2c p46
"present material clearly,
using appropriate layout, illustrations and organisation"
En3 1h p52
"analyse review and comment"
En3 7d p54
"use vocabulary, structures
and grammar of spoken standard English fluently and accurately
..." En1 5 p47 also En11f p46
It also addresses the well known list:
who, what, why,
where, when, and how
(11 x one hour lessons) Suitable for Key Stage 4
Do Review - planning ahead, asking
what do I need to know, what is the question, what is the task,
what is the problem?
Step Plan / NC info handling steps
Ask a question, consider what resources are available, locate,
select, compare ....
and updating knowledge from more
than one source. How would you make the text more thorough, check
its accuracy etc
of extracting information: notemaking,
underlining, highlighting, "trash and treasure", skimming,
accuracy and reliability. Plagiarism;
accuracy, reliability, bias.
6. More elaborate combining of data.
7. Keywords, contents, indexes, data bases, search engines
8 - 10. Web
Quest . Plan a holiday - exercise
in finding out.
11. How did you do ? (evaluation)