Traditional and untraditional research for the A Level Extended project

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Presented at a seminar of Queen Elizabeth I College students embarking upon the A level extended project, july 2014

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Traditional and untraditional research for the A Level Extended project

  1. 1. www.le.ac.uk Traditional and untraditional research methods for the A level Extended Project Terese Bird Learning Technologist and SCORE Research Fellow For Queen Elizabeth I College EPQ seminar 2 July 2014 Photo by slimlibrary on Flickr
  2. 2. What will we talk about? • Go to the libraries • Wikipedia • Is Google evil? • What’s ‘good’ online info? • Excellent online ‘libraries’ • How to reference YouTube, iTunes U, Flickr • Online surveys and interviews Photo by Ed Yourdon on Flickr
  3. 3. University of Leicester Library/Public library • http://www.le.ac.uk/library • Only print books • Open late! • Public libraries • eBooks at public libraries! University of Leicester DWL on Flickr
  4. 4. Wikipedia: good or bad? References at the end of articles are handy!
  5. 5. The truth about Google • Google is a business, not a service • When you Google something, the results are different from when your friend Googles it • Examine the website carefully
  6. 6. Websites can have excellent information but… • Consider the motive of the writer • Advert? • Look at the small print
  7. 7. What’s ‘good’? • ‘Peer reviewed‘ • ‘Primary source’ • Examine the motivation for writing • Examine who paid for it • Educational authorities • BBC, Government
  8. 8. Blog post by an expert
  9. 9. Open Educational Resources
  10. 10. New online ‘libraries’: YouTube.edu youtube.com/education
  11. 11. New online ‘libraries’: iTunes U
  12. 12. New online ‘libraries’: iTunes U
  13. 13. Vimeo – vimeo.com
  14. 14. Flickr – research involving images
  15. 15. Research spark question: Why does Leicester have a Statue of Liberty on a roundabout? Photo by Wyrmworld on Flickr
  16. 16. It was on a building once… Photo: Myleicestershire.org.uk
  17. 17. Why do the old factories burn?
  18. 18. http://myleicestershire.org.uk
  19. 19. How to reference a YouTube video?
  20. 20. How to reference a blog post
  21. 21. Internet power for surveys • SurveyMonkey
  22. 22. Internet power for interviews • Skype • Google Hangout • Ask permission to record or quote
  23. 23. Internet Power: Twitter
  24. 24. Internet Power: Twitter
  25. 25. Use old and new wisely Photo by ocean.flynn on Flickr

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