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Doing Internet Research at the Elementary Level

Doing Internet Research at the Elementary Level
One of the hardest things to teach, in my opinion, is research. I have been teaching in a computer lab for going on five years and I have never taught research the same way twice. This is partially because I never teach anything the same way twice, but it's also because each year I learn something new. Sometimes I learn the hard way when things don't pan out the way I planned in the classroom, sometimes I learn because something I didn't plan arose and worked out well, and sometimes its due to my own self-education as I prepare to teach my annual research unit. I begin teaching research skills in third grade -- just at the time where my students' reading skills are such that they can feel successful and just at the time when they have mounds and mounds of natural curiosity. In the past, I have done your typical find-information-and-regurgitate-it-to-me kinds of projects, all in the name of teaching students how to locate information. Choosing a Topic, Creating Keywords and Search Terms

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S.O.S. for Information Literacy Students will explore the library media center, and then create a map consisting of neighborhoods and street names to depict the location of materials such as picture books, reference, fiction, nonfiction, etc. Students will then use their maps to locate a specific resource by call number and title. This lesson is designed to help students increase confidence in their research abilities by learning how to locate specific resources in the library and how they may be used. CURRICULUM OBJECTIVES:Social Studies: The student will create a map of the library media center, by using either paper, rulers, and colored pencils or a software drawing program on the computer.Technology: The student will use computer software to create signs for their library.

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Learning Resources: Citing Internet Resources Is it okay to copy information such as words and pictures from the Internet? How do I cite technology sources that I use in my report? What are some options for citing sources in a multimedia project? Regardless of whether the source is a website, an email communication, or a PowerPoint presentation, students need to cite their source. Just as there are many guidelines for citing books, there are many organizations who have developed rules for Internet citations. The key is consistency. Google for Teachers: 100+ Tricks It's Google's world, we're just teaching in it. Now, we can use it a little more easily. With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for all teachers, so why not take advantage of the wide world that Google for teachers has to offer? From super-effective search tricks to Google for teachers tools to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these Google for teacherstricks will surely save you some precious time when using technology in the classroom. Google for Teachers Search Tricks

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