A-level students: all work and no play... Michael Gove's announcement that AS-levels might be scrapped has pleased those who think students should be free to pursue outside interests such as sports and drama. This recognition that there's fun, fulfilment and learning to be had outside the classroom could hardly be more welcome to sixth formers under pressure. Of course good grades are crucial if you want to go to university (a big "if" for some students), but the two years you spend studying for them is also the perfect time to broaden your interests. Extra-curricular pursuits are wide ranging and some students already have a passion or a skill that they want to hone. Some choose to perform, whether as actors, singers, rappers or spoken word poets. Chloe L acknowledges that though her parents initially encouraged her to take up dancing, the decision to continue was based on her love for the art form. She says she's "often left the stage and cried, because the adrenaline is incredible".
Intute - Virtual Training Suite - Home Elusive Quality of Web Quality: World Wide Web Review by Susan Barribeau Website evaluation is an ever-present concern in my line of work, reference librarianship. As a daily consumer of information from websites I have become considerably less starry- eyed about the vast quantities of information available and much more selective about quality. Nobody has time to waste on a site offering incomplete, inaccurate, outdated, or disorganized information. Today's World Wide Web consists of documents and files that constantly move, mutate, vanish, and reappear looking very different, or appear simultaneously in more than one place. Objective evaluative criteria for websites can be organized into several general categories of importance; Carolyn Caywood (see reference below) suggests these: content, access, and design. Let's look, for example, with a critical eye at a website that is a directory of women's resources: WWWomen! There are two links for site information (one to "About WWWomen!"
Virtual Training Suite - Home Page Bringing Order to Information Overload By Christy Barksdale | Posted | 16 Comments | Filed in: Content Marketing Content marketing, the publishing of relevant, link-worthy content, has been all the rage for marketing professionals for several years. A recent survey conducted by content marketing authority Junta42 shows that companies, especially small businesses, are continuing to spend more on content marketing each year because it is more effective than traditional marketing for differentiation in the marketplace. Leads, sales and client retention are better achieved when companies are resources for their customers and help solve their pain points. Now, the new wave of content marketing has arrived: content curation. What is content curation? Rohit Bhargava defines a content curator as someone who continually finds, groups, organizes and shares the best and most relevant content on a specific issue online. The content curation debate Curation: The purists vs. the realists Social sharing: Aggregation vs. curation Curated searching
How big is the jump from GCSE to A-level? A week ago I stood in a snake-like queue, the sun pounding down on me. My knees were shaking. I thought I might never make it to the sixth-form gym to collect my AS-level results (I did, they were pleasing). But as I waited, I had plenty of time to reflect on what I've learned in my first year of A-levels. When you arrive at sixth form fresh-faced from your GCSEs and a bumper summer holiday, your new teachers will be quick point out that: "It's a big jump from GCSEs to A-levels." Those terrifying words echo around your mind. So what makes A-levels so different from GCSEs? • You suddenly find you have "free periods" (usually anything but free). • One of the benefits of attending a further education college, as I do, rather than a school sixth form, is that you get to call your teachers by their first name. • I found I had to learn to analyse in my essays, which you don't have to do so much of in your GCSEs.
The turn to online research is narrowing the range of modern sch FOR SCHOLARS - ESPECIALLY scholars who like to wear pajamas - the Internet has been a godsend. It allows instant communication with colleagues around the globe, and makes tracking down published research a matter of seconds. But perhaps the greatest boon is the sheer quantity of readily accessible knowledge. A recent study, however, suggests that despite this cornucopia, the boom in online research may actually have a "narrowing" effect on scholarship. "Winners are inadvertently picked," says Evans. This study adds weight to concerns, shared by other Internet analysts, that the rise of online research has costs as well as benefits. Yet there is vigorous debate over the Internet's effects, and the Evans research has proved controversial. "Electronic journals, I can say with confidence, have broadened reading," says Tenopir. This debate has important implications for the academic world, but it also has wider significance. These search tools clearly have the potential to open up research.
Home - Evaluating resources - Library Guides at UC Berkeley To find out more about an author: Google the author's name or dig deeper in the library's biographical source databases. To find scholarly sources: When searching library article databases, look for a checkbox to narrow your results to Scholarly, Peer Reviewed or Peer Refereed publications. To evaluate a source's critical reception: Check in the library's book and film review databases to get a sense of how a source was received in the popular and scholarly press. To evaluate internet sources: The internet is a great place to find both scholarly and popular sources, but it's especially important to ask questions about authorship and publication when you're evaluating online resources. Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask 1. What can the URL tell you? Techniques for Web Evaluation : 1. Before you leave the list of search results -- before you click and get interested in anything written on the page -- glean all you can from the URLs of each page. 2. 2. 1. INSTRUCTIONS for Truncating back a URL: In the top Location Box, delete the end characters of the URL stopping just before each / (leave the slash). Continue this process, one slash (/) at a time, until you reach the first single / which is preceded by the domain name portion. 3. Check the date on all the pages on the site. 3. 1. What kinds of publications or sites are they? Are they real? 3. Expect a journal article, newspaper article, and some other publications that are recent to come from the original publisher IF the publication is available on the web. Look at the bottom of such articles for copyright information or permissions to reproduce. 4. 1. a. Type or paste the URL into alexa.com's search box. b. 1. 2. 5. 1. 2. WHY?
Online Insider Critical thinking checklist : s3 Identify what's important: What are the key ideas, problems, arguments, observations, findings, conclusions?What evidence is there?Distinguish critical from other types of writing (eg descriptive); fact from opinion; bias from reason Evaluate what you find: Explore the evidence - does it convince? Look beyond what you're reading/hearing: What other viewpoints, interpretations and perspectives are there? Clarifying your point of view: Weigh up the relevant research in the areaFind effective reasons and evidence for your views Reach conclusions on the basis of your reasoning Illustrate your reasons with effective examples Note - Critical thinking skills need to be understood and developed in the context of your subject discipline - check this out with your tutors. Keep in touch While the checklist covers many skills, qualities and activities that can be involved in critical thinking, it does not attempt to be definitive. Know your skills Copyright © Moira Wilson 2009 All rights reserved