Research like a pro


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Explore a few of these resources while looking at ways that students can store and share their research in a collaborative sharepoint site. Find ways to increase information literacy while researching relevant topics in your classroom.

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Research like a pro

  1. 1. Research Like APro<br />James McConville and Heather Daly<br />
  2. 2. Country Research<br />Please take a handout<br />Answer all the questions as quickly as you can (TIMED!)<br />---------------<br />When done – talk to a neighbour about the strategies that you used<br />
  3. 3. BIG IDEA – I’ve got a question, how/where do I seek information?<br />
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  5. 5. Students will continue to develop skills (K-3, above) and, by grade 7, be able to: <br />· identify the types of information required <br />· develop appropriate, efficient, and effective search strategies <br />· choose the best resources for the task <br />· use the school library and the electronic catalogue to find information <br />· use other libraries to search for information <br />· understand what primary and secondary sources are and when to use each one <br />· evaluate resources for usefulness <br />· use reference sources appropriately <br />· use graphic organizers to record and organize information <br />· take notes using key words and phrases <br />· determine when more information is needed <br />· verify findings using additional sources <br />· develop a structure to organize and store information <br />· sort information by topic and sub-topics and by criteria such as time, importance, cause and effect <br />· keep a record of resources used <br />From The Points of Inquiry, Investigate<br />
  6. 6. Google<br />How does a google search work?<br />Google PageRank – human-generated links<br />Special features to try:<br />Time:(city name)<br />Define:(word)<br />Map:(location)<br />Weather:(location) <br />6<br />
  7. 7. Better searching<br />Safe searching<br />Settings  search settings<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Better searching<br />Advanced searches <br />Provide a domain such as ‘.edu’ ‘.gov’<br />Try a different region eg. Iran for a nuclear search<br />8<br />
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  10. 10. Notetaking Example<br />Using SharePoint<br />10<br />
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  12. 12. World Book Online<br />Check out these amazing features:<br />Topic search<br />Grade level<br />Research guide<br />Learning outcomes<br />Timeline tool<br />12<br />
  13. 13. McConville ©2010 <br />13<br />
  14. 14. Global Issues in Context<br />Check out these amazing features:<br />Browse Issues and Regions<br />Issue portal pages<br />Country portal pages<br />World Map<br />Research guide<br />Learning outcomes<br />14<br />
  15. 15. DEBATE<br />Split the audience into two groups PRO and CON<br />Be it resolved that ________________________<br />Shout outs – one per side<br />15<br />
  16. 16. Research<br />16<br />
  17. 17. Demonstration of Accuracy<br />Simple – HOAX sites<br />Sophisticated – Bias, marketing, advertising<br />James McConville & Heather Daly<br />17<br />
  18. 18. Everything is not what it seems<br />Free Forever on Dog Island<br /><br />Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus<br /><br />All About Explorers<br /><br />18<br />
  19. 19. And slightly more sinister<br /><br /><br /><br />Welcome to the Stormfront. We are a community of White Nationalists. There are thousands of organizations promoting the interests, values and heritage of non-Whites. We promote ours. You are welcome to browse our seven million posts<br />Reference: Alan November online course<br />19<br />
  20. 20. McConville ©2010 <br />20<br />
  21. 21. Canadian Points of View<br />Check out these amazing features:<br />View all topics<br />Content <br />Overview<br />Point/Counterpoint<br />Guide to critical analysis<br />Research guide<br />21<br />
  22. 22. Evaluating a source<br />Relevance – is it the information you need, scope<br />Currency - updated<br />Authority – do you trust the author?<br />Bias<br />Accessibility – reading level<br />Special features – pictures, animations, videos<br />22<br />
  23. 23. Handouts<br />Please take a handout with links to resources demonstrated in this presentation.<br />James McConville &Heather Daly<br />23<br />
  24. 24. Questions, comments?<br />James McConville<br />Heather Daly<br />24<br />