So you have to do some research, how many of you feel like this guy?
1 st step in The Research Cycle (McKenzie)
Where can you find information?
Books, of course, but this is a topic covered earlier in the year during a visit to the LMC. Another information source is the internet. A third option is a database.
Clicking on the first link leads to the live JCPL page. Resources there include featured links and websites and a set of search engines. Clicking on the second link leads to the JCPL subscription databases. Talk about databases being a pre-screened source of information. A volunteer from the class chooses an appropriate database (biography, science, etc.) and uses his/her JCPL library card number to log in to one of the databases. With input from the class a topic is identified and the results shown and discussed.
Moving along to the internet…..sharing tools to evaluate websites.
First…who is responsible for the website. Identify who owns/creates each type of site. Invite class to vote (thumbs up, thumbs down, thumbs sideways) whether or not to trust a particular type of site. Discuss the logic and reasons for these decisions (for example: .com is commercial, they may be trying to sell you something). Another thing to look for is valid contact information – a site without contact information may be trying to avoid supporting the information they present.
What is the reason or purpose for the website? Clicking on each photo leads to a live website for evaluation and discussion. Clockwise from top left: humor, sales, persuasion, education. While looking at the persuasive website, define bias and discuss uses for a biased website.
Is the information the latest & greatest? Is the information current, relevant and useful? The dino picture links to a website that hasn’t been updated since 2002. The trash heap links to a site with useless information.
Teach two words of Latin…. Encourage students to be savvy, informed consumers of information by using these tools.
Protecting creative human endeavor from intellectual theft. Notetaking strategies for documentation – notecards vs Word doc. in sections that can be cut apart. Sifting, sorting and synthesizing.
Fair Use for educational purposes, not commercial gain
So you have to do some research……
Where do you start? <ul><li>Frame “ Essential Questions ” about your topic </li></ul><ul><li>Key questions will guide your information mining </li></ul><ul><li>- sorts information trash from treasure ! </li></ul>Essential Question
Caveat emptor…. <ul><li>“ Let the buyer beware” </li></ul><ul><li>Be an informed consumer of information! </li></ul>Corroborating evidence needed for .com sites Check Wikipedia references for usable .gov or .org sites
Intellectual Property Document your information source! “ Working Bibliography” vs “ Works Cited”
<ul><li>Presentation slides by </li></ul><ul><li>Gail Bonner </li></ul><ul><li>Linda Glynn </li></ul><ul><li>University of Colorado Denver </li></ul><ul><li>2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Images from flickrCC </li></ul><ul><li>http://flickrcc.bluemountains.net </li></ul>