Jessica Sain
April 25, 2023

Learnics provides an excellent opportunity to follow Ohio’s Library Guidelines for Learners with your middle and high school students. Through intentional online research provided by the Learnics platform, students can foster the skills needed to become responsible digital citizens in an increasingly digital world. This allows students to not only practice their digital literacy, but also their information literacy skills as they evaluate  information and sources throughout their academic journeys.

The 2021 Ohio Library Guidelines for Learners were developed by a wide range of education stakeholders to provide library media specialists with outcomes for K-12 21st century learners. The strands listed within the guidelines include Digital Literacy, Foundations for Lifelong Learning and Literacy, Information Literacy, and Media Literacy.

         “These strands provide four lenses through which kindergarten through grade 12 learners consider and engage with technology and multiple literacies.          Together, these strands instill in learners a broad, rich understanding of all types of literacies and the effective use and role of these literacies in their world to           ensure they are well positioned to become literate and successful citizens.” (p.4) 

Use the information below to kickstart your approach to the Ohio Library Guidelines for Learners using the Learnics platform with your middle and high school students.

  • Strand: Digital Literacy – Learners use technology to find, evaluate, create and communicate information across disciplines in the school library and beyond.

          Learnics allows students to develop their digital literacy skills, satisfying this strand by having students take an intentional approach to “apply           research skills to produce digital artifacts and attribute credit” (6-8) and “apply advanced research strategies, searches, synthesis and source           evaluation to produce digital artifacts and online content” (9-12). The Learnics Bibliography feature specifically targets this strand with automatically           generating a list of sources for students to review for citing their sources. 

  • Strand: Information Literacy – Learners recognize when information is needed and can locate, evaluate, search and use information effectively (American Library Association, 2019).

          Visualizations and data produced by Learnics assignments allows students to self-reflect on their research approach and adjust where needed to           satisfy their research objectives. The data output students receive as they continue to log their online behavior during a Learnics-enabled           assignment allows them to “apply search strategies to narrow or broaden a search” (6-8) and “conduct extended research projects using a research           process model” (9-12).

  • Strand: Media Literacy – According to National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), “Media literacy is the ability to ACCESS, ANALYZE, EVALUATE, CREATE, and ACT using all forms of communication. In its simplest terms, media literacy builds upon the foundation of traditional literacy and offers new forms of reading and writing. Media literacy empowers people to be critical thinkers and makers, effective communicators and active citizens (NAMLE, 2017).”

         The Learnics platform allows teachers to view their students' online behavior during a research assignment and facilitate a discussion with their          students on research skills, sparking conversations on source evaluation, time spent on assignments, and research approaches. By using Learnics          and discussing the data output, students are able to “explore and navigate a variety of new media sources with guidance” (6-8) and “understand and          access media ethically and safely for personal and academic use” (9-12). While the initial output of Learnics data is valuable to both students and          teachers, the steps taken afterward about the validity of sources is imperative to developing media literacy skills. Check out this past blog post to          explore ways to take the data a step further with your students.


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