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DIGITAL PORTFOLIO YEAR 10 SCIENCE RESEARCH PROJECT TOPIC: Genetics and Evolution Due Date:________________________Name:____________________________ Teacher:__________________________ Class:_____________________________
This Digital portfolio (or e-Portfolio) is to be handed in using your class Edmodoaccount on/or before the Due Date: Monday 18th March 2012You will be marked on the completion of all parts of this portfolio and your use of atleast two different web tools. It can contain links to websites, videos and other media.The marking grid for this portfolio is at the back and you can see the value of eachsection.You are guided through this research project by completing each section of work.You can add extra pages to your portfolio as needed.Research TaskUse the skills outlined in the digital portfolio to find out about gene technology.Your assignment should include A brief description of gene technology How gene technology works How is gene technology used today What are the arguments for and against gene technology Using the arguments for and against gene technology, state your judgement (opinion) about whether gene technology should continue.
Step1: Define your TaskThe first step of any research project is to DEFINEwhat you need to Find Out!Whatareas have you been given to make your choice from or do you have free reign togo where you choose? Use this mind map to define what you need. What do I really want to find out? What TOPIC: What are the key words and ideas of Why do I need to find this the task? out? What do I need to do? What is my purpose?
Step 2: Locate your InformationNow that you know what you need the next step is to find the information to writeyour report. Where can you LOCATE the INFORMATIONyou need?Ask yourself: What do I already know?What do I still need to know?What sources can I use to find the information I need?Information is available from a variety of sources:Library books, electronic databases, online magazines, the internet, magazines,journals, documentaries ….the list is endless.You need to DECIDERemember you can access the Library resources through your STUDENT PORTAL„My Websites‟ then click onto „My Library‟. You can search to see what print, DVDand websites, we have in our school catalogue.After this (and sometimes the first place students go) is the internet.Step 1 for Searching the Internet: What Key Words do you have to search with (look to your definition page) Use a dictionary to Define Key Words at http://dictionary.cambridge.org/Search Engines find sites by how many matching key words each site has! Do you want to use a Boolean Search? By doing this you can add words like „and‟, „or‟ to your Key Words. What search terms are you going to use? Write them below: EXAMPLE: “genes and traits” 1) 2) 3) 4)
Now we have our Key Words what Search Engines are you going to use?There are 2 main types of Search Engines.GENERAL SEARCH ENGINES: www.google.com.au www.yahoo.com.au www.altavista.com.au www.bing.com.auMETA SEARCH ENGINES:Meta search engines look across a range of search engines and put together a listof sites from various engines. Many cater for Niche markets such as science. Theones below are a few to try, but you could „google‟ meta search engines forscience.www.search.comSearch.com is a meta search engine operated by CNET. It offers both web-widesearch and a wide variety of specialty search options.www.dogpile.comPopular metasearch site that sends a search to a customizable list of searchengines, directories and specialty search sites, then displays results from eachsearch engine individually. Owned by InfoSpace, which also owns MetaCrawler.REMEMBER our school also subscribes to the Online Encyclopaediawww.worldbookonline.comUsername: MarsdenhsPassword: Library
You have now selected your KEY WORDS and your SEARCH ENGINES!You must now store your search links below with a small annotation so you knowwhat you found there:EXAMPLE:Link:http://www.genetics.org/Annotation: This site has a lot of general knowledge and information on genetics.It is an online magazine and has the latest topics that deal with genetics.__________________________________________________________________________________________1) Link:Annotation:2)3)4)5)6)7)
Step 3: Selecting the Information to UseNow that you‟ve found the information that you need you have to ask yourself WHAT DO I REALLY NEED TO USE?Make notes below on what do I need to answer my questions for my report?EXAMPLE: What do I need to know?What Impact does this have on ….?What steps can be taken to control……?Now you have the idea ask yourself your questions can go through the researchyou have done in step 2 and see what answers you can find. Make your notes:
HOW RELEVANT AND CREDIBLE IS THE INFORMATION I HAVE FOUND?Now you need to evaluate the source of your information. This is IMPORTANTESPECIALLY WHEN USING WEBSITES.Print books and journals may be out of date and this is easy to check by lookingat the publish date on the information page at the beginning of the book/journal.Websites need to be evaluated.Anyone can publish on the web and this is not checked like a publishedbook/journal. Websites can carry a lot of misinformation or bias and they must bechecked. If you evaluate a website you can see who created it and when it waslast updated.Use this simple Website Evaluation form below to Evaluate websites that you would likeyour information to come from.Do an evaluation sheet for every website you intend to use inyour report.Just copy and paste the template for all websites, science journals.Web Site Evaluation Form 1) Web Site: ________________________________________________Currency: Is this website created or updated recently? Yes NoAppropriateness: Does the work have the type and amount of Yes Noinformation I need?Authority: Is the author of the work knowledgeable on the subject? Yes NoReliability: Is the information Fact or Opinion? Can it be backed up by Yes Noother sources?Suitability: Is it easy to find information? (Is there an index and/or table Yes Noof contents that are helpful?Summary: Based on my evaluation of the website
2) Web Site: ________________________________________________Currency: Is this website created or updated recently? Yes NoAppropriateness: Does the work have the type and amount of Yes Noinformation I needAuthority: Is the author of the work knowledgeable on the subject? Yes NoReliability: Is the information Fact or Opinion? Can it be backed up by Yes Noother sources?Suitability: Is it easy to find information? (Is there an index and/or table Yes Noof contents that are helpful?Summary: Based on my evaluation of the website3) Web Site: ________________________________________________Currency: Is this website created or updated recently? Yes NoAppropriateness: Does the work have the type and amount of Yes Noinformation I need?Authority: Is the author of the work knowledgeable on the subject? Yes NoReliability: Is the information Fact or Opinion? Can it be backed up by Yes Noother sources?Suitability: Is it easy to find information? (Is there an index and/or table Yes Noof contents that are helpful?Summary: Based on my evaluation of the website
Step 4: OrganisingNow you need to ask yourself How Can I Best Use This Information? Do I need all the information that I have sourced? Do I have enough information? How can I best combine the information I have from different sources? This is where you start drafting and collating your research!! YOU‟RE NEARLY THERE!!!!Sort the information to take notes for the questions in the research task 1 A brief description of genetic engineering (source of this information) 2 How gene technology work (source of this information) 3 How is gene technology used today?(source of this information) 4 Arguments for and arguments against gene technology (source of this information) Arguments for Arguments against 5 Your judgement about whether gene technology should continue
Step 5: PresentingIt is now time to present your findings.This is a Digital Portfolio so you can add Podcasts, Images, Vodcasts, Videos,Web page through links and the possibilities are endless. Remember whateveryou add must be linked to the point you are making!CopyrightAlso you must take into consideration Copyright issues. You can check the lawhere athttp://www.smartcopying.edu.au/scw/all-right-to-copy/artc/index.htmAs this is for an academic/education work inside school and not for commercialuse you may be able to use images, video, web pages and pod/vodcasts withoutbreaching copyright. You must check to see if the site does not allow you to copyfor educational use, as this should be noted on it if this is the case.ReferencingThe last issue you must be aware of is making sure you reference all your information that you have collected in your report and at the end in the Form of a Bibliography.In the field of Science the MLA (Modern Language Association) style ofreferencing is the most common and this is what we will use here.As you write your report you will reference in text! This is a shorthand version ofwhat is put in the bibliography at the end. This is so the reader of your report cango to the bibliography to find out more information on the point you have made.ReferencingUse this guide to include links to references in your answer. You must reference„in text‟ your source for a fact. Click this link for an explanationhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoO1BPfNnzc For another example Click onthe link belowhttp://libguides.csusb.edu/content.php?pid=279204&sid=2342437BibliographyOn this link you can you can follow the guide of how to reference print and onlinematerial http://libguides.csusb.edu/mla in your Bibliography. ASK YOUR TEACHER FOR HELP and click this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edqVmfha2N4
Now you are ready to answer the questions below.You can use web 2 tools of some of the issues from your research.You might find the following webpage usefulhttp://www.canberra.edu.au/studyskills/writing/reportsYou can make links to other media (images, web pages…….) by using the insertHYPERLINK in word (Ctrl + K).You can add pages to the report.Make sure that youreference your source 1 A brief description of gene technology 2 How gene technology works. 3 How is gene technology used today
4 Advantages Disadvantages Source 5 Using the arguments for and against gene technology, state your judgement(opinion) about whether gene technology should continue.
Step 6: EvaluationAn important part of this Digital Portfolio is your self-evaluation.This is where you can let your teacher know what you think of this researchproject and if it can be improved in the future or if you would do it differently. Student EvaluationNumber of weeks you worked on your Digital Portfolio__________________Task Definition Does the information in your final product meet (or exceed) the requirements of the assignment? Y/N Does your final product meet your teacher’s expectations? Y/NInformation Seeking Strategies Did the books, web sites, and other resources you used meet the needs of the assignment? Y/N Did you select the best sources available to you? How do you know? Y/NLocation & Access Did you locate the sources you needed? Y/N Did you find the information you needed in each source? Y/NUse of Information Were you able to effectively identify the information you needed? Y/N Were you able to effectively take notes or gather information? Y/NSynthesis/Presentation Did you effectively organize information? Y/N Does your product present the information clearly? Y/NEvaluation Does your product meet (or exceed) the assignment requirements? Y/N Did you use your time well? Y/N
CRITERIA SUB CRITERIA 0 1 2 3 4 5 Total Accesses information from a 3 resources 4 resources Includes 5 range of resources including (includes (includes references popular scientific journals, 1 resource 2 resources scientific scientific scientific journals, digital technologies and the journal and journal and internets & internet internet) internet) Assess the reliability of Assess the Assess the Assess the Assess the Assess theResearch secondary information by reliability of one reliability of two reliability of reliability of 4 reliability of allSkills considering information source sources three sources sources sources from various sources Selects & uses appropriate 1 referencing Basic Satisfactory Substantial Excellent methods to acknowledge referencing referencing referencing referencing sources of information Answers to questions 1-3 Description of gene How gene technology works How is it used today technology (2 marks) (3 marks) (5 marks) 0 1-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 9-10 Selects one or Selects one web Selects 2 most Selects 2 most Selects 2 mostUse of two web 2 tools 2 tool for appropriate appropriate appropriate webweb 2 for elementary satisfactory web 2 tools web 2 tools for 2 tools fortools Selects & uses appropriate presentation presentation for good high standard excellent web 2 tools to present OR presentation presentation presentation information . Completes the Selects two web digital portfolio 2 tools for basic presentation 0 1-2 3-4 5-6 7-8 9-10 Critically analyse from the Presents 1 Presents 2 Presents 3 Presents 4 Excellent critical opinion of others & argument for /or arguments for arguments for arguments for analysis using theCritical examples of scientific 1 against gene and 2 and 3 and 4 arguments forAnalysis research from past and technology arguments arguments arguments and against gene present to make judgement against gene against with against gene technology about the impact of Science technology some analysis technology on society. OR less with with some good analysis analysis 55