Competing withRobots:Making ResearchSkills Relevant to21st Century StudentsCatherine L. CranstonEdMedia 2012Denver, Colorado
What I’ll Talk About Today• Briefly describe High School Day event• Describe and demonstrate Library contest• Lessons lear...
Colorado State University•   Land grant university•   ~27,000 undergrad and graduate students•   Fort Collins, CO (pop. 14...
High Park Fire - Larimer County, Colorado (June 9, 2012)                                 4Photo by Sam Cox (http://www.fli...
Colorado State University Libraries                                  5
ISTeC High School Day• Information Science & Technology Center• Educational Advisory Committee (EAC)  – representatives fr...
ISTeC High School Day• Brainchild of Dr. Michael de Miranda• 200+ Colorado students bussed to CSU• Sponsored by Colorado t...
ISTeC High School Day• Students  – arrive early for breakfast & opening reception  – participate in contests in the mornin...
ISTeC High School Day• Contests have included:  – building and programming robots  – geocaching around campus  – televisio...
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Imagine. . .• You’re a teenager• Yes, you’re getting a day off from school…• But you’ve been forced to wake-up at the  cra...
Imagine. . .• Would you want to find out that while your  buddies are off to build robots, you’re  headed to the library f...
Our Original Contest• “Mastering Google and Beyond”• Consisted of:  – a brief demo of library databases  – a 2-hour online...
Where Did We Go Wrong?A) Requiring H.S. students to sit still for 2.5   hoursB) Asking students to use library databases  ...
The Original Scenario• The mind-set was:  – Give them what they need to succeed    (as an undergraduate)  – Show them ther...
Typical Teaching Experience• The Library “One-Shot”• Content created based on faculty requests  and assignment parameters•...
Unique Teaching Experience•   High School Day = Carte Blanche•   Could be more creative•   Time for active and experientia...
New Mindset = New Contest• Libraries are more than just books• Google is great, but it should not be your  only informatio...
The New and Improved Contest• Built with:  – LibGuide Web Page    http://libguides.colostate.edu/beyondgoogle2011  – Googl...
LibGuide           20
Google Doc Forms        Input &        Embedding                    21
Google Doc FormsRecording &Scoring                       22
Infographics               23
Online Videos                24
Contest Format•   Limited to 30 students•   Met in a computer classroom•   Projector / Screens / Instructor Station•   Eig...
#1 Meet Your Teammate• Three purposes:  – An icebreaker to introduce students  – Check ability to navigate the LibGuide  –...
My Favorite Icebreaker• Which of the following would you hate to  live without the most for a month?  – Cell phone  – Inte...
#2 Communication Through the Ages• Examine this infographic:• Answer a series of questions about the  information found on...
Example Question• Which came first?  – Semaphore  – Carrier pigeons  – Smoke signals  – Twitter                           ...
#3 On the Day You Were Born• New York Times database (1851-2008)• Students found headline on their birth date• Required mo...
#3 On the Day You Were Born• What was the headline on July 21, 1969?                                            31
#3 On the Day You Were Born                              32
(side note) : Humans vs. Robots                                  33
#4 ESP Game• Idea taken from Dr. Luis von Ahn’s  “Games with a Purpose” Web site                                       34
#4 ESP Game  • Describe photo - one word per line  • Try to have ESP with your teammate  • Match words to score points  • ...
Concept of Metadata• ESP Game lets students create metadata• Data about data• To retrieve information online, you have to ...
Concept of Metadata• What is this?  – cell phone  – cellular telephone  – mobile phone  – smartphone  – iPhone            ...
Concept of Metadata• Once you develop a sense of how  something is described, you can be more  creative and successful whe...
#5 Information in the Modern Era• Tracking down article with a DOI  (digital object identifier)                           ...
#5 Information in the Modern Era• Recording article metadata                               40
#5 Connects to #6• Article vs. Video                                41
#6 Five Million Books• The article students found in the previous  module is put into layman’s terms in this  TED video by...
#6 Five Million Books                        43
#7 WolframAlpha®                   44
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#8 Trust but Verify                      47
#8 Trust but Verify      “Now folks, I’m no fan of      reality, and I’m no fan of                  encyclopedias.      I’...
New Mindset = New Contest✔Libraries are more than just books✔Google is great, but it should not be your only information-s...
Transferable Takeaways• Give yourself carte blanche• Be creative  – explain the unexpected• Active and experiential learni...
Transferable Takeaways• Work with your librarian on new and  creative ways to explore the world of  information           ...
We Competed with Robots!• “I learned so much I cant even write it  all down right here. Thank you so much :)”• “It was so ...
Contact• cathy.cranston [at] colostate.edu•     @cranston• Presentation and LibGuide  http://bit.ly/competingwithrobots• P...
Image Credits• [slide 1] Yung Tsai – creative commons license  http://www.flickr.com/photos/26231770@N03/4677211838/ - sli...
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Competing with Robots: Making Research Skills Relevant to 21st Century Students

  1. 1. Competing withRobots:Making ResearchSkills Relevant to21st Century StudentsCatherine L. CranstonEdMedia 2012Denver, Colorado
  2. 2. What I’ll Talk About Today• Briefly describe High School Day event• Describe and demonstrate Library contest• Lessons learned from teaching as the contest evolved• Transferable lessons and takeaways 2
  3. 3. Colorado State University• Land grant university• ~27,000 undergrad and graduate students• Fort Collins, CO (pop. 144,000)• 65 miles north of Denver• We’ve recently been in the national news 3
  4. 4. High Park Fire - Larimer County, Colorado (June 9, 2012) 4Photo by Sam Cox (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sammcox/7356312458/) Used with permission.
  5. 5. Colorado State University Libraries 5
  6. 6. ISTeC High School Day• Information Science & Technology Center• Educational Advisory Committee (EAC) – representatives from 8 colleges & the Libraries• The EAC puts on High School Day each fall 6
  7. 7. ISTeC High School Day• Brainchild of Dr. Michael de Miranda• 200+ Colorado students bussed to CSU• Sponsored by Colorado technology companies and ISTeC; free for students Dr. Michael de Miranda High School Day Mastermind Dr. H.J. Siegel Director of ISTeC 7
  8. 8. ISTeC High School Day• Students – arrive early for breakfast & opening reception – participate in contests in the morning – meet with IS&T company reps at lunch – attend demonstrations in the afternoon – celebrate at awards ceremony 8
  9. 9. ISTeC High School Day• Contests have included: – building and programming robots – geocaching around campus – television production – facial recognition technology – seismic imaging – anatomy lab 9
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  11. 11. Imagine. . .• You’re a teenager• Yes, you’re getting a day off from school…• But you’ve been forced to wake-up at the crack of dawn 11
  12. 12. Imagine. . .• Would you want to find out that while your buddies are off to build robots, you’re headed to the library for 2 ½ hours?! 12
  13. 13. Our Original Contest• “Mastering Google and Beyond”• Consisted of: – a brief demo of library databases – a 2-hour online scavenger hunt – progressively more challenging questions – Information Science &Technology topics 13
  14. 14. Where Did We Go Wrong?A) Requiring H.S. students to sit still for 2.5 hoursB) Asking students to use library databases when they knew darn well that Google could get the job doneC) Giving H.S. students unfettered access to YouTube, Facebook, etc.D) All of the above 14
  15. 15. The Original Scenario• The mind-set was: – Give them what they need to succeed (as an undergraduate) – Show them there’s something better/other than Google – Teach them something 15
  16. 16. Typical Teaching Experience• The Library “One-Shot”• Content created based on faculty requests and assignment parameters• Often we. . . – demo some library databases – promote their superiority/differences to Google – cover the basics in 50 minutes 16
  17. 17. Unique Teaching Experience• High School Day = Carte Blanche• Could be more creative• Time for active and experiential learning• Contest format = built-in assessments 17
  18. 18. New Mindset = New Contest• Libraries are more than just books• Google is great, but it should not be your only information-seeking tool• Research can be interesting and fun• Our contest should be just as interesting as building a robot! 18
  19. 19. The New and Improved Contest• Built with: – LibGuide Web Page http://libguides.colostate.edu/beyondgoogle2011 – Google Docs Forms (embedded into LibGuide) – Infographics (visual.ly) – Online videos (YouTube, TED, NBC news, etc.) 19
  20. 20. LibGuide 20
  21. 21. Google Doc Forms Input & Embedding 21
  22. 22. Google Doc FormsRecording &Scoring 22
  23. 23. Infographics 23
  24. 24. Online Videos 24
  25. 25. Contest Format• Limited to 30 students• Met in a computer classroom• Projector / Screens / Instructor Station• Eight timed modules• Two librarians there to lead and assist 25
  26. 26. #1 Meet Your Teammate• Three purposes: – An icebreaker to introduce students – Check ability to navigate the LibGuide – Practice filling out and submitting forms 26
  27. 27. My Favorite Icebreaker• Which of the following would you hate to live without the most for a month? – Cell phone – Internet access – Car – Video games – Television – Library card 27
  28. 28. #2 Communication Through the Ages• Examine this infographic:• Answer a series of questions about the information found on the infographic 28
  29. 29. Example Question• Which came first? – Semaphore – Carrier pigeons – Smoke signals – Twitter 29
  30. 30. #3 On the Day You Were Born• New York Times database (1851-2008)• Students found headline on their birth date• Required more advanced techniques than keyword searching• Command line searching and using limiters• Apply these skills to other questions 30
  31. 31. #3 On the Day You Were Born• What was the headline on July 21, 1969? 31
  32. 32. #3 On the Day You Were Born 32
  33. 33. (side note) : Humans vs. Robots 33
  34. 34. #4 ESP Game• Idea taken from Dr. Luis von Ahn’s “Games with a Purpose” Web site 34
  35. 35. #4 ESP Game • Describe photo - one word per line • Try to have ESP with your teammate • Match words to score points • Blocked words = 0 points • BLOCKED WORDS – dog, pillow __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ __________________________ 35
  36. 36. Concept of Metadata• ESP Game lets students create metadata• Data about data• To retrieve information online, you have to figure out how something is described – Are you sharing the same vocabulary? – Do the words you use have the same meaning to everyone? 36
  37. 37. Concept of Metadata• What is this? – cell phone – cellular telephone – mobile phone – smartphone – iPhone 37
  38. 38. Concept of Metadata• Once you develop a sense of how something is described, you can be more creative and successful when using a database to retrieve information 38
  39. 39. #5 Information in the Modern Era• Tracking down article with a DOI (digital object identifier) 39
  40. 40. #5 Information in the Modern Era• Recording article metadata 40
  41. 41. #5 Connects to #6• Article vs. Video 41
  42. 42. #6 Five Million Books• The article students found in the previous module is put into layman’s terms in this TED video by the authors What We Learned from Five Million Books 42
  43. 43. #6 Five Million Books 43
  44. 44. #7 WolframAlpha® 44
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  46. 46. 46
  47. 47. #8 Trust but Verify 47
  48. 48. #8 Trust but Verify “Now folks, I’m no fan of reality, and I’m no fan of encyclopedias. I’ve said it before, who is Britannica to tell me thatGeorge Washington had slaves?If I want to say he didn’t, that’s my right. And now, thanks to Wikipedia, it’s also fact.” 48
  49. 49. New Mindset = New Contest✔Libraries are more than just books✔Google is great, but it should not be your only information-seeking tool✔Research can be interesting and fun 49
  50. 50. Transferable Takeaways• Give yourself carte blanche• Be creative – explain the unexpected• Active and experiential learning – less teaching, more doing• Game/Contest format – assessments can be fun! 50
  51. 51. Transferable Takeaways• Work with your librarian on new and creative ways to explore the world of information 51
  52. 52. We Competed with Robots!• “I learned so much I cant even write it all down right here. Thank you so much :)”• “It was so much more fun than I ever thought it would be.”• “I think this program is great for students. Colorado State University is going to be awesome!” 52
  53. 53. Contact• cathy.cranston [at] colostate.edu• @cranston• Presentation and LibGuide http://bit.ly/competingwithrobots• Paper http://bit.ly/competingwithrobotspaper 53
  54. 54. Image Credits• [slide 1] Yung Tsai – creative commons license http://www.flickr.com/photos/26231770@N03/4677211838/ - slide background adapted from this photo, courtesy of Charles Cranston• [slide 4] Sam Cox – creative commons license (used with permission) http://www.flickr.com/photos/sammcox/7356312458/• [slide 5] Cathy Cranston• [slides 7 & 10] CSU ISTeC• [slide 12] Yung Tsai – creative commons license http://www.flickr.com/photos/26231770@N03/4677211998/• [slide 12] screen capture from “The Librarian” by Holmes (Burton) Films, Inc., 1947 http://archive.org/details/Libraria1947• [slide 23] http://www.wordle.net• [slide 29] Cathy Cranston• [slide 31] Mateoone – creative commons license http://www.flickr.com/photos/mateoone/351952973/ 54

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