Is all information knowledge?

The other day, David Warlick posted the statement “It’s not about the technology, it’s about the information.” He received some responses from others who questioned if information was knowledge…or when information becomes knowledge. I would agree with him that it is in the use of information that one constructs knowledge. Knowing which information is important to use to construct that knowledge is called information literacy. As adults, most of us have a natural information filter that causes us to determine which information is important and which is not. Students do not automatically have this filter which is why it is important to teach students information literacy skills and utilization of information literacy models such as the Big6. So, Warlick is right, we all use information to construct knowledge.

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5 Responses to “Is all information knowledge?”


  1. 1 David Warlick November 30, 2006 at 9:25 am

    You make some interesting points here, Cal, that made me think. It’s one reason we should be concentrating more on the information and less on the technology, that its through the manipulation of information, on many different levels, that makes knowledge, not the technology that makes knowledge. Technology is merely a tool and an lens that we use to do the manipulating.

    I think that it is our experience that equips us to more intuitively see what is likely to be true and what is not. It’s why it is so important that we stop teaching so many history facts, and instead, teach our students what historians do, so that they can discover the fact — learn history through experience, rather than by brut memorization. Teach students what scienctists do, and they become explorers. Teach them the science facts only, and they become learnerbots.

    I think I might blog this, so if you wouldn’t mind, can you send me your name (david.warlick@gmail.com)?

    — dave —


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