Nerine Chalmers BA, Grad CE, M of Ed. (TL)
Third Session (18 March):
Research on the WWW.
Pre-selected sites. Delicious
Searching the net. How can we help
students search – which search engines to
use. Key words/Advanced search
Acknowledging sources- Bibliography
requirements per Grade Level.
(Incorporating the Topsy Factor)
Preparation/Planning (The importance of
meaningful questioning; the inquiry itself)
Location and Use
(Information Literacy; the role of technology;
the 21st century learner)
Self-evaluation (Where the inquiry will lead –
Action; further questioning)
P - Preparation/Planning
Brainstorming - What exactly is my inquiry
about? What do I already know? Background
knowledge is vital. What do I need to find out?
Note: The more I know, the better my
questions will be
What questions should I ask in order to
complete my inquiry?
What are my key words?
How shall I plan my work? Concept map?
Spidergram? Graphic organiser?
L – Location
Use my key words and questions to search for
the information I need. Where will I find it?
Print resources, pre-selected web sites, search
engines, on-line resources, reference books, non-
fiction books, multimedia resources, experts in the
Selection skills – what to look for, and how to
evaluate it. Relevancy, currency, accuracy, reliability.
Keeping a resource list; bibliography.
U – USE
How will I use the information I have found? Make
notes? Draw a diagram? Draw a concept map?
Reading skills, skimming and scanning,
Interactive skills – do I understand what I am reading,
how can I relate this to what I know already?
Writing or presentational skills
Creativity, collaboration, communication
S – SELF EVALUATION
Have I found the answers to my questions?
Were my questions searching ones? Did I
have useful key words? Have I kept a record
of the sources I used?
Am I happy with the way my work was
presented? What action will follow from this
work? What new questions have I come up
How helpful was the PLUS search
Through the PLUS search process, we will
enable students to follow a 21st century
learning path - QUESTIONING, CREATING,
CONSTRUCTING, ACTION, QUESTIONING,
Literacies for the
Ethics and Social Creativity and
Five kinds of learning in the inquiry process
Kinds 0f learning Types of intervention
Curriculum content For fact finding, interpreting
Information For locating, evaluating, and
Literacy using information
Learning how to For initiating, exploring,
learn focusing, collecting and
Literacy competency For improved reading, writing,
speaking and listening
Social Skills For interacting, cooperating
PLUS in the Primary School
Student support and scaffolding
Literacy framework at each grade level
Who is going to facilitate the process?
In which lessons?
Resources for PLUS
on the Library Wikis