1. Can we define what it means to be information literate?
Being information literate means you have the skills to successfully access information. Being information literate also means that you can critically assess the information for quality, and use the information effectively.
2. Can we teach our students to have the skills essential to information literacy?
We can definitely teach our students the skills essential to information literacy. I would say using the gradual release of responsibility could be a great way to teach information literacy. By modeling the skills, then working towards students working together in groups, to eventually having students independently practice the skills will give them the best practice.
3. Can we truly prepare students to be effective users of the most powerful medium?
As 21st-centery educators it is our job to prepare students to effectively use the internet. Educators, especially those who may be anti-internet, really need to change their views, and teach students how to use such an amazing resource. Educators of today also need to realize while may use the internet they may not know how to use it effectively.