Task Definition: Don't start with the Web; start with the problem. Discuss what the students are trying to accomplish and what the result might look like.
Information-Seeking Strategies: Consider options and alternatives -- even within the Web. Big6 involves determining possibilities, and choosing the best sources given the situation. This means applying criteria, such as closeness to the problem, accuracy, currency, and authority of each Web site. Students should be able to explain why they chose to use a particular Web site based on one or more of these criteria.
Location and Access: Search tools are a key! Discuss how the various search systems differ. Students should be able to explain why they prefer one to another.
Use of Information: This stage involves selecting good information, again based on applying criteria. Discuss criteria and how to make choices based on criteria.
Synthesis: Ease of use is the primary concern in synthesis. How easy is it to find information on a Web site? Is it logical, easy to understand, simple to navigate, etc?
Evaluation: One aspect to focus on is efficiency -- saving time and effort while maintaining quality. This relates directly to the original concern of not being overwhelmed by information. What are some strategies for using the Web for a purpose, but doing so without wasting considerable time?
A WebQuest is a problem-based activity created for the web but it may also use other non-web resources.
a) Visit the WebQuest Examples page. b) Select a WebQuest that interests you. c) Analyze it according to the Big6. Post your response on the bulletin board under the "Information Literacy: Big 6" thread -- include the
age level of intended audience,
URL of the WebQuest,
brief description of evidence (or lack thereof) in the design for each of the six Big6 steps,
a comment on your overall impression of the Quest -- i. e. Do you think it would be effective for its intended audience and purpose?