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Do I just Google that? Tools for Teaching Search Skills in the Primary Classroom

Do I just Google that? Tools for Teaching Search Skills in the Primary Classroom
Nowadays many pupils, when given a research task, immediately might think to themselves, “I’ll just Google that.” Internet search engines (of which Google is only one of many) are powerful tools but many pupils use only a fraction of the power of them, and then can also have difficulty finding the information specific to the task. There are many resources now available to help in developing pupil skills in searching more effectively using online search engines. And, of course, when they do find information how do pupils know it is appropriate for the task? Or how do they evaluate what is suitable, and how do they present it and show where the information was found. Tools to Help Teach Research Skills The Big 6 One method of teaching information skills for investigating sources of information from databases, encyclopedias and the Internet is that known as “the Big Six.” 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. The Kentucky Virtual Library How to Do Research Finding Duclinea Ergo – Teaching Research Skills

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Real World Math - ideas for using Google Earth in math class Real World Math is a site with lessons and ideas for using Google Earth in the math classroom. There are lesson ideas, examples, and downloads for math that are based on active learning and project based learning, including analysis and creativity. The Lessons page has lessons grouped into five categories: Concept Lessons, Project-Based Learning, Exploratory, Measurement and Space. There is a Community page for teachers to collaborate and share lesson ideas. There is also a Resource page with links to other sites, blogs, or materials that users of Real World Math should find helpful. Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know Getty The Internet has made researching subjects deceptively effortless for students — or so it may seem to them at first. Truth is, students who haven’t been taught the skills to conduct good research will invariably come up short.

V-blogging in your classroom iPad Published on October 10th, 2013 | by Mark Anderson You might have got a handle on the advantages of blogging in your classroom, and the many pros of giving your students a public audience for their work, however have you considered adding V-blogging to your armoury of tools to engage your class? Patterns: Learning, Thinking, Creating By Kevin Washburn, on January 10th, 2012 It seems contradictory. The brain seeks and sees patterns, but when asked to find patterns, many people become uneasy. 10 of The Best Bibliography and Citation Tools for Teachers and Student Researchers February 16, 2014 Knowing how to develop a bibliography and cite the resources you drew on in your research papers are two elemental skills for any student researcher. Correct and accurate citations do not only augment the credibility of your research but also help other interested researchers use your citations for reference mining and thus building on your work. There are actually a wide range of free web tools that makes it easy for students to generate citations and in different style formats, however, the ones below are the tools I have myself tested and therefor highly recommend for you. I invite you to have a look and share with your colleagues. 1-RefWorks RefWorks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

10 Videos You Could Use to Inspire Writing. From the time teachers first viewed The Piano by Aidan Gibbons on a training course, it suddenly became legitimate to use short independent film to inspire writing. Films like the Piano are perfect for lessons as they are often: Emotive and thought-provokingAesthetic - the animation is often captivating and of high qualityShort and therefore easy for children to take in and teachers to build questioning aroundOriginal – as the children have not seen the film before they do not come at the clip with expectations or baggage. I love finding clips which I use with my class as a weekly alternative to class story. Alternatively I use a well-chosen piece as part of our literacy work for a way into poetry or story writing.

Have I Got a Book for You! If you’ve been following the classroom library series or have a well-stocked library, you know that having a wide range of books is the backbone of your book collection. Why? Because having a varied and diverse selection of books and reading materials helps you put a “just right” book in the hands of each reader in your classroom. Miss Malarkey, an energetic teacher featured in Judith Finchler’s series of books, understands the importance of finding a “just right” book for every reader. One of my all-time favorite books to share with teachers is Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind.

Creating Infographics Infographics. You have probably seen them before. There are so many out there on a wide variety of topics. ‘Miss, what’s my password?’ 14 Web 2.0 tools without student logins I spend lots of time trialling new web 2.0 tools with my students, for all different learning purposes. My grade and I often have a conversation that goes something like this: Me: I have placed the link to —— on our blog for you to open and use. Students: Miss, it needs a login and password.

6 Reasons Why We Should Be Using iPads Vineet Madan, vice-president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education eLabs, spends time developing ways that technology can improve learning among college and university students. He recently talked about the reasons why iPads are ready for the college classroom. K-12 schools across the country (and just down the street) are putting huge chunks of cash aside for 1-to-1 iPad initiatives. Madan argues that iPads are tailor-made for the university level. 8 Printable Classroom Posters For Device Best Practices When you bring devices of any kind into your classroom, there need to be some rules to go along with them. Establishing guidelines for your students when they’re using technology is best done early on and reinforced often – with students of all ages! This doesn’t mean just setting out rules about not eating and drinking around the devices – it includes all types of guidelines including what is and is not appropriate to use the device for. The eight graphics below are all printable posters on device best practices from WeAreTeachers, designed to hang in your classroom so that students have a constant reminder of what is and isn’t ok to do when they’re using devices. Some of the guidelines seem pretty basic, but they might not be obvious (or easily remember-able) to your students.

How to Set a Reading Goal That Will Help Accomplish Your Other Goals Edit Article Make time for reading and it will be beneficial in the long run! This works even with the busiest of schedules! You probably have goals for your business, goals for your health and goals for your finances. But don’t forget to set a goal for mental growth, learning and improving yourself in the time to come. Six Examples of iPad Integration in the 1:1 Classroom There has been a lot of conversation and debate in multiple forums, both online and face-to-face, about schools adopting or already working in a 1:1 environment. While many of these conversations revert back to replacing teachers and what device is best, the real conversation begins with providing our students with the best learning environment possible. At Burlington High School in Burlington, MA, we are entering our eighth month of a 1:1 iPad initiative that began in September 2011. Don't get me wrong, we think the iPad is a great device for learning and gives each of our students a dynamic learning tool that can be used across the content areas and to accomplish a variety of tasks. Many of the critics claim that we are backing our students into a corner by giving them one brand and one skill set to learn exclusively on one device. This is not the case at Burlington.

Digital Learning Day Promote Literacy *Since Digital Learning Day coincides with the 100th day of school, each grade level or the entire school can commit to reading 100 eBooks from Follett Shelf, Big Universe, Tumble Books, etc. *Share an eBook from Follett Shelf. Access from your school's online catalog. *Create your own book using the publishing tool on *Read an eBook on and they'll donate a book to a child in need.