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Helping Students Become Better Online Researchers

Helping Students Become Better Online Researchers
Your students are probably Internet authorities. When it comes to Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, they might know far more than you. All of that time spent tweeting and chatting doesn’t necessarily translate to deep learning though. As students progress through school, online research skills become more important — for good reason. Both college professors and employers will expect young people to know their way around the academic side of the Internet; a skill that for many students, needs to be taught. In a Pew survey, a majority of teachers said that their students lacked patience and determination when doing difficult research. Image via Flickr by Brad Flickinger For many students, doing research means typing a word or two into a Google search and using information from the first link that pops up. Common Sense Media You will find lesson plans to teach strategic searches to middle school and high school students. Google Do you have a complicated relationship with Wikipedia?

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Digital fluency; Students Learning in the Digital World Defining digital fluency? Today, computer games, email, the internet, mobile phones and social media, are all important parts of our lives. Digital fluency has to do with our ability to achieve a desired outcome in a situation using the technologies that are available to us. It is not until that person reaches a level of fluency, that they are comfortable with when to use the tools to achieve the desired outcome, or if they are likely to have the desired outcome at all. Building skills to participate in the digital world?

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. Online referencing generator Access to information has never been easier for students as traditional print resources are supplemented with information from a plethora of World Wide Web sources. However, the ease of information access has developed a 'cut-and-paste' mentality to research, resulting in a rise in plagiarism among the student population. In order to minimise this problem, students need to be aware of the importance of acknowledging sources and, in particular, the conventions of referencing. This in itself can be problematic as teachers and teacher librarians often struggle to offer advice on referencing the ever-growing range of information sources.

The Public Library: A Photographic Love Letter to Humanity’s Greatest Sanctua... by Maria Popova “When a library is open, no matter its size or shape, democracy is open, too.” “A library is many things,” E.B. Content Curation: Classroom Applications I’ve been trying out some visual content curation tools with social features which has got me thinking about classroom applications. “Content curation is the act of continually identifying, selecting and sharing the best and most relevant online content and other online resources (and by that I mean articles, blog posts, videos, photos, tools, tweets, or whatever) on a specific subject to match the needs of a specific audience.” – Ann Handley on TopRank blog There are available a variety of free tools in various formats that let you easily tag/save sites, articles, images, videos, presentations, etc. into a collection that you can share and have conversations about with other users.

Does ethical content curation exist? A data-driven answer Ever since we started to work on, we’ve had this question: is it fair to use other people’s content for your own good: in other words, how ethical is content curation? Is it even legal? A quick look at history clearly shows that artists and scientists never created in a vacuum but have always leveraged pre-existing work to develop their own. Digital Citizenship Digital Citizenship is a concept which helps teachers, technology leaders and parents to understand what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology. Digital citizenship is the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use.

Thing 31: Evidence Based Practice – Getting Started If school librarians can’t prove they make a difference, they may cease to exist.(Ross Todd – The Evidence-Based Manifesto for School Librarians SLJ, 2008) This first lesson in our latest Cool Tools track was inspired by conversations that started at a recent workshop by Jennifer LaGarde on annual reports and collecting data. Teaching and Learning, Technology and Libraries – 2014 May 18, 2014 @ 19:13 On Friday 2nd May I attended the Teaching and Learning, Technology and Libraries conference held at the State Library of NSW. It was a brilliant opportunity to talk to fellow teacher librarians and participate in three different workshops offered by the library. The three I chose to attend were: 1. Video conferencing – bringing experts into your classroom.

Curation Tools Share your own uses of curation tools or other great examples here: --Ideas for Using Curation Tools Curation means to select, collect, preserve, maintain, organize and archive. One dictionary definesa "curator" as someone in charge of a museum or library! So in that sense, librarians have always been curators. Today much of the information our students need and use is digital: websites, blogs, wikis, tweets, videos,podcasts, images, ebooks, databases, slideshows, graphics, reports, articles, illustrations, clipart and moreis found online and/or in digital form and accessed through our computers, on our smartphones or other mobile devices.. Our role as teacher librarians has expanded to helping students and teachers access, evaluate, use and

Information Fluency to the Rescue Try to imagine life before the Internet (yeah, it’s hard!) How much has changed since that time? And even more importantly, how much will things continue to change? Nine Elements Nine Themes of Digital Citizenship Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use. 1.

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