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Do Your Students Know How To Search?

Do Your Students Know How To Search?
The Connected Student Series: There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not. The New Digital Divide: In an age of information abundance learning to effectively search is one of the most important skills most teachers are NOT teaching. Teachers – especially in the elementary grades -need to develop a shared vocabulary around the skill of searching. Here are some of the searching skills and vocabulary we should be teaching students : Quotation Marks: Students should always use quotes to search for an exact word or set of words. Example: “The Great Chicago Fire” Dashes (or minus sign): Use this symbol directly before a word to help exclude unwanted information from your search Example: Great Chicago Fire -soccer Two Periods: Use this to help you find information between those two numbers. Site Search:

Search Strategy Worksheet - HSU Library Before searching indexes and catalogs you should clarify the information you are seeking by developing a search strategy. This worksheet presents a four-step process for creating a search strategy and gives tips for entering your search in indexes or catalogs. These resources are listed under Articles and Databases and Books on the HSU Library webpage. Further information on some of the ideas presented -- free text keywords, controlled vocabulary, word truncation, boolean operators, nesting -- is found in the Research Roadmap tutorials on Topics and Searching. Creating a Search Strategy Clearly state your topic in one or two sentences. Underline or number the main concepts represented in the topic summary completed above. In the Your Search Topic section below, create a list of words or phrases which describes each of your numbered concepts identified in Step 2. This list of keywords is dynamic. Sample Search Topic: Your Search Topic: Tips for Entering Your Search Strategy

600 Other Ways To Say Common Things: Improving Student Vocabulary - Your students are bright, but they don’t always sound like it. Their diction is full of cliche and emaciated language that doesn’t reflect their inner voice, nor does it indicate their vocabulary level. You want your students to use specific language that demonstrates intended meaning rather than the first word that popped into their head, but you want to do more than hand them a thesaurus and tell them to “figure it out.” While the following graphics aren’t going to make that happen, they can certainly play a role if posted to your classroom blog, shared on a student-teacher pinterest page, hung on a classroom wall, or reformatted, printed, hole-punched, and stored in a student binder.

The Teacher's Guide To Wikipedia In The Classroom This guide, in the form of 11 questions and answers, helps clarify certain misconceptions about what has come to be one of the most popular and frequently used websites in the world. It also can can be found in its entirety on As it is created by Wikipedia–or some arrangement of its volunteer editors–it is undoubtedly biased, but equally informative. Background Concepts such as open source, copyleft, collaborative writing, and volunteer contributions for the public good can be new and unfamiliar ideas to many students. Some common questions that students and educators ask about Wikipedia are answered below based on the status of Wikipedia and on reasonable projections for its immediate future. What does wiki mean? The term “wiki” is derived from the word wikiwiki, which is the Hawaiian word for “quick”. Is Wikipedia accurate and reliable? Wikipedia is rapidly developing, and its editors strive, over time, to increase its reliability as a source of information. Yes.

Search Smart Google Earth Lit Trip Template Evaluating Your Sources | Amy's Scrap Bag: A Blog About Libraries, Archives, and History Searching skills are not the only part of the pre-writing research process. Once a possible resource is located, the researcher must determine if the source is relevant. This process can be further subdivided into two main categories. The evaluation process for experienced researchers is often completed without much thought. To provide a framework on evaluation sources, at Ellis Library we taught the CRAAP Test. Currency: The timeliness of the information.Relevance: The importance of the information for your needs.Authority: The source of the information.Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content.Purpose: The reason the information exists. While the CRAAP Test is a great mnemonic device to remember the evaluation steps, I don’t think it is the best way to explain the process. Relevance The CRAAP Test places relevancy second. How does a researcher ensure the source is relevant? Currency Authority and Purpose Evaluation Checklist Accuracy Conclusions

Ten Steps to Better Web Research In June 2013, Dulcinea Media will release Teaching Web Research Skills, a research-based multimedia experience that greatly expands upon these Ten Steps. Read this blog post for more information. Educators and parents, please view our presentation on Teaching the Ten Steps. Step 1: The Internet Is Not Always the Best Place to Start Should you start this research project by using the Internet? Many schools offer access to remarkable databases that may be a much better place for you to begin your research. As Joyce Valenza, librarian at Springfield Township High School in Pennsylvania, says, “students must be aware of the full research toolkit available to them. Furthermore, when you do use the Internet, a search engine may not be the best place to start. Ask a librarian or teacher to recommend a list of Web sites for you to search first. Use several search engines on every search. Take a “time out”—for two weeks, don't use your favorite search engine at all.

Literacy ShopTalk List of hoaxes on Wikipedia This is a list of known historical hoaxes on Wikipedia. Its purpose is to document hoaxes on Wikipedia, in order to improve our detection and understanding of them. It is considered a hoax if it was a clear or blatant attempt to make up something, as opposed to libel, vandalism or a factual error. A hoax is considered notable if it evaded detection for more than one month or was discussed by reliable sources in the media. This list is incomplete, as many hoaxes remain undiscovered. A hoax can be added to this page if it meets the requirements above. For many of the below hoaxes, you can see an archived version of the deleted article by clicking on its title (see also list of archived hoaxes). Hoaxes extant for at least one year[edit] Hoaxes extant for at least one month[edit] This section lists hoaxes covered for at least one month but less than one year. Hoaxes extant for less than one month[edit] Note: This section should list only hoaxes covered in independent third-party sources.

7 Tips for Citing an App in MLA Format Clay Shirky famously pointed out that the problem in the information landscape today isn’t necessarily that there is too much information but that our filters aren’t any good. Students feel this problem acutely due to their perpetual crunch for time and lack of nuanced Google skills. So where does a responsible student go for reliable information she can use in an academic context? That was the question I asked my students this fall and the answer I got surprised me. Students increasingly aren’t going to the premium information services we’ve set up for them through our school library.They might not even be inclined to go elsewhere on the Web.Instead they often turn to Apps for their information. From The Elements to NASA, from National Geographic to the National Science Foundation there is a wealth of credible content in the App Store, but if students are using this information in an academic setting how do we help them correctly document and cite these sources? What do you think?

This is a good article that highlights the requirement for students have in using effective searching techniques by nicha60 Oct 24