Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Evaluating the Research Process


Evaluating the Research Process



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21st Century Literacies
AT&T and UCLA have developed a Website with individual lessons focusing on aspects of essential research skills including questioning, identifying/collecting, evaluating, sensemaking, reflecting/refining, using information and assessing the final product.

21st Century Information Fluency
The staff members at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, including UW-Stout online instructor
Dennis O’Connor, have developed free tools, games, and tutorials to help students effectively locate, use and evaluate digital information. Try the excellent “Getting Started” page for “mini lessons” on such topics as “Thinking Outside the Search Box.”

Rubrics to Evaluate Student Research Process Tasks
UW-Stout online instructor
Karen Franker has developed two ready-to-use rubrics for students and their instructors to effectively assess the major steps of the research process --planning, gathering, organizing, citing and presenting information.
Research Process Rubric – Elementary
Research Process Rubric – Middle School

Rubric for a Research Project
Joyce Valenza's rubric describes six key areas for efffective assessment of research projects at the senior high and college level -- thesis question/problem, information seeking, analysis, synthesis, documentation and product/process.

Tech Tip – Quick Page Zoom in Internet Explorer 7
Some Web pages contain images and text which are much too small to be easily viewed. Internet Explorer 7’s zoom feature provides a quick way to magnify pages for improved readability.

With your Web page open, look in the lower right hand corner of your screen. You will see a small magnifying glass with a + (plus) sign inside it and the word 100% next to it. If you click on the downward-pointing black triangle, you will get a menu of magnification percentage options. Select any above 100%, and your Web page text is instantly enlarged. You may also reduce the text size below 100% to see more of the page at once.

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Originally created by Karen Franker, Editor Infobytes Newsletter. Reposted with permission.

Online Class: PowerSearching In A Web 2.0 world

New Section Forming! April 28 - May 22.
Power Searching in a Web 2.0 World: 4 Week Online Course.



Searching, evaluating, and ethically using digital information. Activities include self-paced learning modules, online flash based games, and forum discussions.

To Register Online: Click Here (This Moodle based course begins April 28, 2008)

For information write doconnor@imsa.edu ~ 21CIF Team

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Collaborative Revision with GoogleDocs

Google Docs Goodies:




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Google Docs in Plain English (video)
The Common Craft staff members have created an excellent short video to illustrate how Google Docs facilitates collaborative projects.


Google Docs
The Tech Learning staff provides tips on getting the most out of Google Docs and includes examples for collaborative use in the classroom.

Google Docs and Spreadsheets: Collaborating in the Classroom or Library
Christopher Case describes how Google Docs & Spreadsheets has transformed his classroom, and offers tips for veteran users as well as first-timers who want to make the most of these tools.

Teach Collaborative Revision with Google Docs
The Google for Educators site contains helpful articles from Writing magazine with student-friendly tips and revision techniques. Also included is a teacher’s guide with ideas for using Google Docs to create innovative lesson plans about revision.

Google Docs Tutorials
Atomic Learning provides a series of free tutorial mini-movies showing how to use Google Docs’ main features, with special sections on publishing and collaborating.

Tech Tip – PowerPoint Design/Copyright Do’s and Don’ts
Is it legal to copy music from a public library CD into a PowerPoint presentation? What about transferring music from an LP record to an iPod? Alvin Trusty’s humorous video illustrates key points about copyright and effective PowerPoint design.

How to Create a Great PowerPoint Without Breaking the Law (video 44 min. 51 sec.)


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