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I just finished up with a Composition I class playing library BINGO. My twitter update drew some interest so I thought a brief explanation might be in order.
There are 3 general education classes I visit every term : Pathways to Student Success, Composition I, and Composition II. I have created a information literacy program with these 3 classes at the heart of it – building search and evaluation strengths as students progress through each term.
Composition I is my favorite because we play Library BINGO.
At the start of the class a give a 10-15 minute explanation and demonstration of accessing the library website, different search functions, databases, collections, and research guides. I talk about why it’s important not to just rely on Google but to search through these reliable, in-depth resources to support school assignments, and how they might use these skills in the workplace.
Then I pass out BINGO cards. I have 4 different cards with the numbers 1-25 scattered differently. This allows students to work together as a team and help each other but not allow 1 student to carry the other entirely. They are also given a 3-page handout with 25 different questions.
Complete the citation (APA Format):
- Hawn, R. (2009). _________________. Parks & Recreation, 44(1), 34-38. Retrieved from http://www.nrpa.org/
- Search for “aneurysm” in the title field in the Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition database. How many results do you retrieve? Now limit the search to academic (scholarly journals). What is the number of your results now?
- Using the Simple Search Box locate an electronic book written about the Iditarod. Provide the title and author.
5-in-a-row gets them BINGO. I check the answers to make sure they are all correct. If not, I provide some advice about locating the correct answer and give them a chance to correct it. For every BINGO a student gets, I let them choose a piece of candy. They are allowed to work for more than 1 BINGO. This gives students who catch on faster an incentive to keep working and not play around or distract the others in the class.
I like this activity because it encourages them to use the different library resources and become more comfortable with them in a supportive setting -where they can ask their peers or me for help. (Since we all know students like to ask their friends for help)
Disclaimer: Library BINGO was not my brain child. I know I read about it in an information literacy book but off the top-of-my-head I can’t claim what one. It is also similar to a scavenger hunt I know many academic libraries do including an information literacy session I had as an undergrad at Michigan State. But this has become a cornerstone of my program at school and I think its effectiveness lies (in part) on the looser environment and the hands-on experience.