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Research Skills 2013


Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105

How can I effectively find resources for my project in a safe and ethical way? How do I teach digital citizenship?

How do we include worldview?

How do we compile our work in an aesthetically pleasing way? How do we evaluate resources online? How do we cite effectively in our bibliography?

Creating your digital footprint!

Create filters when your students are young, and monitor time spent online. Start by learning how to be Webonauts. Grade 4-7. If high school students , grade 8-like Commonsense Media12 use the UBC Digital Dossier files. Discover Commonsense Media and Media Smarts

Teach your students how to define research terms using Google Lesson Plans

That essay topic?

Once we have decided on our research topic we can choose to do our research using primary and secondary documents. Brainstorm thesis statement..

Essential Question!

Provokes deep thought. Solicits information-gathering and evaluation of data.

Results in an original answer.

Helps with problem-related research. Makes students produce original ideas rather than predetermined answers.

May not have an answer. REALLY!

Encourages critical thinking not regurgitation of facts. Use Who, Why, Where and How questions to brainstorm.

Example ??

In the 2010 Vancouver Olympics examine how Biblical stewardship was practiced by; officials, citizens, athletes and other members of the community, and whether this contributed to the overall success of the games?

Basic Question? Write some facts about your favorite athlete who was represented in these winter Olympics.

Tame the Web?

You will need at least 2 books to add to your bibliography, and or 4-6 websites. Use databases like Ebscohost and Discovery Streaming to find copyright free images and articles, academic, current and reliable. Contact your friendly librarian! My Folder or Evernote to store sources for bibliography.

HCOS Web Linking Library

Internet Public Library Kids Love to Learn Websites like Bill Nye on Youtube, and ALA Great Websites

Digital Boundaries for Digital Natives

Teach Bookmarking tools like Diigo and Symbaloo. Younger students Printing Press. Older students share information online using curation tools like Scoopit, LiveBinders, and MentorMob. Reference Tools like Wolfram Alpha, and Khan Academy. OPenUniversityonITunes. Child friendly search engines like Sweet Search and Ask Jeeves. Websites like Bill Nye on Youtube, and ALA Great Websites

When to use Google?

Google can be useful for

Needle in haystack kind of queries; When was someone famous born. Can we use Wikis? When?

Check side of wiki under language for Simple English tool. Downlaod Chrome apps from Chrome webstore to share talk features Chrome Speak and Speech Recognizer
Images if using correct copyright formula.

Good keywords defining parameters of your topic. Keep refining.

Knowledge of website evaluation tools. For academic sites go to Advanced Google Search!

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How To Evaluate a Good website!

Evaluate Websites
Currency Authority Purpose

Evaluate the following sites
Watch this Rutgers University Library video link below to evaluate sites. truct/riot/

Academic Pathfinders

Ebscohost including Canadian Reference Centre and Searchasaurus. Get your username and password to log in from your teacher- all the academic information you will need for projects. Plus citation links and folders for making notes in My Folder. Other subscriptions such as World Book, Discovery Education Streaming Canada, and BrainPop.


Where is God in the story. Why did God allow this to take place? How does God use fallen characters to bring us to Him? How does God use Christian characters to exemplify Him? What does God give us that we can be thankful for?

Presentation Supremacy

Google Doc, Website, Podcast, video or machinima Book report, 5 paragraph essay, combo? If presenting in book report format, remember the clues, T, C, N, B. Include bibliography at end. Images, maps, diagrams, charts. Bibliography a la MLA?

Digital Skills
Attributing Editing Tweeting Searching Subscribing Podcasting

Learning Skills
Finding Information Validate Information Synthesize Information Evaluate Information Communicate Information

21 Century student
Collaboration / Team Work Contextualized Learning Peer Review Self Assessment Real life tasked-based learning Use of Art and Digital Media

Animating Tagging Recording Posting Bookmarking Uploading

Thinking Skills
Critical Thinking Divergent Thinking Reflective Thinking Convergent Thinking Problem solving

Bibliography for U is ESSENTIAL!

How do we cite? Citation builder: Bibliography style. MLA. Bibliography information to be found at Owl Of Purdue Online Writing Lab Bib Me or others Check weblinking library under Library Services: Bibliographic Instruction. Ebscohost and My Folder.

Bibliography sample!

Check List

Edited all work several times. Use Grammarly. Check plagiarism using Viper or Turnitin.
Bibliography checked. Work neatly presented and collated. Know subject well to answer questions for presentation. Thank God for what you have learned about His wisdom in using the resources we have, to write and share honestly, and give credit to Him.