Q-Matrix http://www.decs.sa.gov.au/assessment/pages/assessmentstrategies/question/?reFlag=1 More resources on the Wiki: http://betterresearchprojects.wikispaces.com/Q-Matrix
1 2 3 4 Facts Predictions and Possibilities Speculation, Probabilities, Evaluation Comparison, Explanation, Examples What is? Where/ When is? Which is? What did? Where/ When did? Which did? What can? Where/ When can? Which can? Who is? Why is? How is? Who did? Why did? How did? Who can? Why can? How can? What would? Where/ When would? Who would? What will? Where/ When will? Which will? What might? Where/ When might? Which might? Which Would? Why would? How Would? Who will? Why will? How will? Who might? Why might? How might?
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Have students adopt a persona because they won’t likely find ready to copy information online
Lawyer arguing euthanasia
Character from a book
Example of elements project: Students in grade 9 have to study an element from the periodic table and one teacher has the students design a dating add based on their element. They weigh a certain amount, look a certain way, interact well with certain elements and don’t interact well with others.
Do see the pathfinder for the project follow this link
Have students take notes into a framework, graphic organizers or template . If there is no check points along the way the students will leave the assignment to the night before and cut paste.
Always ask for sources and define what sources . Example 2 magazines, 2 academic journals or that you will only allow 2 open source websites found using search engines…
Make sure to ask higher order research questions . Never ask “what is” because they can search the answer and copy and paste without any thought.
Instead ask “Why” – See the Q-Matrix for more examples of higher order thinking questions. Getting the students to read the research and develop their own ideas is the key to good research and not cut and paste assignments.
Evaluating Websites These are the top 3 things I tell students to keep in mind when searching the open web
Watch the URL . If it contains ~, /, -, % it means it has attached itself to the original domain. For example it might be a .edu site but if there is a / and a persons name you have to be careful that it isn’t a high school site and a students webpage off of that site. ( http://solomon.cps.k12.il.us/gladiatorsindex.html Good examples because it has K12 in the URL, done at an elementary school)
Don’t trust that the top hits in Google and other search engines are sorted by relevance. Google is out to make money and the companies that pay the most money to get their website to appear higher on the list is the first initial sort. After that it does follow relevance.
Watch for bias . Look at every website as if you are watching an infomercial like the Shamwow guy or the Oxy clean guy. Think critically about the information being presented.
This term means to discover who is hosting the website from what server.
Type in the URL address
When the information is returned scroll down to see what website is hosting the information. If the contact information is filled out. Where the IP address is coming from.
If the server names listed are only free servers where anyone from anywhere can create and host as website they are considered less credible than an organization having their own server to host their own data and website.