Research and PBL with Digital Tools

Research and information fluency

“Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” -Wernher von Braun

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ISTE•S Standard 3: Research and information fluency

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

a. Plan strategies to guide inquiry

b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media

c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks

d. Process data and report results

What it really means...

  • Question
  • Gather information
  • Form Conclusions
  • Share
  • Reflect

a. Plan Strategies to Guide Inquiry

"a strategy that enables students to generate meaningful questions about a topic and organize their writing"

b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media

Learning In Hand with Tony Vincent

Free Images for Your Projects

Properly attributed, Creative Commons photos for school!

Create your own images

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Google It!

UPDATE

http://google.com (search for usage rights)


Images > Search Tools > Labeled for reuse


Advance settings on Google Search is not available unless the user chooses to view in desktop mode. This happens in the last two versions of Chrome as well as with Safari.

safe search

c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks

While you always need to question the information and consider its historical context, there are some specific questions to ask when you're evaluating websites.

Because anyone can post information on the web, every search will give you a range of reliable and unreliable results. To decide whether a website is reliable, ask yourself:

  • Who made the site? You should be able to contact them through an ‘About us' or ‘Contact' section.
  • What does the domain name tell you? Has the site been made by a reputable organisation?
  • For example

    There are a range of non-profit, government and media sites that provide reliable and free information on various topics. They often have common elements in their domain names.

    As a general rule, in Australia look for:

    • gov.au = government site
    • edu.au = education site
    • org.au = public organisation, usually non-profit.

  • What's the purpose of the site? Is it designed purely to give information, or is it trying to sell you something?
  • Is the site well designed and easy to use? Do all the links work? When was it last updated? Reliable sites are usually fully functional and regularly updated.

http://ergo.slv.vic.gov.au/learn-skills/research-skills/select-resources/evaluate-websites

Create a Symbaloo

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Symbaloo...a safe way to search for your students

  1. Go to the Symbaloo website
  2. Create a Free accoount of Login
  3. Verify the account through email
  4. On the black tab bar, click the + to create a new Symbaloo
  5. Name the Symbaloo
  6. Click the Add button
  7. Click on a blank tile
  8. Choose Create a tile on the Edit tile pane
  9. Paste the link of the research website in the address box
  10. Complete the info for the tile
  11. Click save


To share with students


  • Click the Share button
  • Click Share my Webmix
  • Copy the link and share with students

d. Process data and report results

Research Project - Animals

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Access to Websites

Use QR codes to help students get directly to various sites.
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Symbaloo - 2nd grade Hannah Hudson

Labeling the Image

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Skitch

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Ways to Organize your Research

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PBL/CBL

Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge.

"What Is Project Based Learning (PBL)?" What Is PBL? Buck Institute for Education, n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2015. <http://bie.org/about/what_pbl>.