Teach your students the right way to Google Kelly Maher November 24th, 2014 In the age of the split-second Google search, it’s more critical than ever to train students to distinguish between primary and secondary sources As in decades past, proper research methods are an essential skill for today’s students. K12 Schools Must Fill Need For Digital Media Skills A weak economy paired with a national push to improve reading and math as well as other core subjects has left an important skill behind in K12 classrooms—digital media literacy. A report released this past July out of Northwestern University, "Trust Online: Young Adults' Evaluation of Web Content," reveals that college students are not so media savvy when it comes to discriminating between credible sources online. The study includes information from more than 1,000 first-year students in an urban public research university in 2007. The students were asked how to to perform certain tasks.
Projects to Engage Middle School Readers It's my fault. I'll admit it. During my eight years in the classroom, I ruined at least two amazing literary works by assigning horrifically dull reading projects. My only hope is that those middle school students, whose enthusiasm I quashed, found another way to become passionate about literature.
How to style Google Forms Google Forms are amazing – so functional and flexible! At Morning Copy we regularly use Google forms to run online promotions or surveys for our clients. Google forms are reliable, simple to use and, best of all, easy to share with all the stakeholders in an online project. Teach your students the right way to Google Kelly Maher November 24th, 2014 Alan November and Brian Mull take an interesting approach to assessing the reliability of online sources in their article “Web Literacy Where the Common Core Meets Common Sense.” To get students thinking beyond the surface of what they read, the authors suggest teachers have their students use Google to search for images of “ear mouse,” and then read two articles about this rodent. Web Literacy: Where the Common Core Meets Common Sense Are you as worried as we are that the overall impact of technology on our children’s ability to solve complex research problems is negative? Have you heard a child near you say, “Just Google it,” when asked to describe the meaning of life? Research shows that students primarily use one search engine and then only look at the first page of results. They can quickly give up or settle for something “close enough” when they don’t find the information they’re looking for. Huge amounts of time are being wasted in searches void of the rigor of research.
Information Literacy Access and Evaluate Information Access information efficiently (time) and effectively (sources)Evaluate information critically and competentlyUse and Manage InformationUse information accurately and creatively for the issue or problem at handManage the flow of information from a wide variety of sourcesApply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information Additional resources: 1. ALA | Information Literacy
Things We Love: 5 teen lit books parents should read Things We Love: 5 teen lit books parents should read I used to think that young adult (YA) books were a waste of time. I didn’t even read them when I was an actual teen. (OK, I did read a friend’s much-dog-eared copy of Judy Blume’s “Forever,” but that was in sixth grade, and what Gen X’er didn’t read that?) I didn’t have enough time to read all the critically acclaimed “grown-up” books I wanted to read, much less those aimed at a different demographic. Create a Unique Google Forms URL for Each Student One of the presentations I did in the Google Booth at Educause this year was on using concatenate for a spreadsheet. While you do not need to know the word concatenate to do this trick, it is wickedly useful. One of the best tools in the Google Apps suite is Google Forms.
The advanced Google searches every student should know Google has amazing tools for finding school-worthy sources. Too bad most kids don’t know they exist “Did he seriously just ask that? How old is this guy?” Examples of Technology Integration with Young Children Key Messages When used intentionally and appropriately, technology and interactive media are effective tools to support learning and development. Intentional use requires early childhood teachers and administrators to have information and resources regarding the nature of these tools and the implications of their use with children. Limitations on the use of technology and media are important. Special considerations must be given to the use of technology with infants and toddlers. a space: commenting Here are some tips to help you leave more effective comments for your fellow bloggers.I really like this post because ____________________I agree with you when you say ________________ because _______________I disagree with you when you say ______________ because ______________When you talk about _________________, it makes me thing about ________________ because ______________Something about _____________ that you might not know is _____________Something I learned from reading this is _______________This is great! It reminds me of _______________ because ___________I think I understand what you are saying, but could you please explain ________________?I like what you say about _________________ because ___________.I’m confused by what you mean when you say ______________ because ________.I understand how you feel, because ____________.This post was so interesting to read because ______________. Here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind when posting comments:
Marilynne Robinson’s “Lila” Marilynne Robinson’s new novel, “Lila” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), opens in about 1920, and it begins with a shocking action: a woman steals a child. Not that anybody seems to care much. The child, a girl who looks to be four or five, has been deposited by someone (there is no mention of parents) in a house for migrant workers somewhere in the Midwest. Most of the time, she hides under a table, but occasionally she cries, and then she gets pushed out onto the front steps. One night, a woman named Doll, the sole denizen of the house who appears ever to have paid any attention to the girl, returns from work and finds her on the stoop. This time, instead of settling her back inside, Doll carries her off to another cabin, where an old woman grudgingly lets them in.