Information Centre Newsletter

Queen's High School - Volume 7, Issue 1 (Term One, 2015)

On-line research skills your students need to know

With a number of assessments across the curriculum requiring students to engage in research topics, we must be mindful of whether our students are well equipped with the skills needed to use on-line sources effectively. 91% of 16-29 year-olds surveyed in the World Internet Project (a project from Auckland University which spent seven years tracking New Zealanders' use of the Internet) rated the internet as ‘an important or very important source of information’ over other more traditional print sources.

Here is a useful link to help you think about the basic skills needed by students who are researching on-line, and ways you can incorporate these within your teaching.

Please feel free to use our expertise within the Information Centre when you are planning a research task. We are happy to run an ‘Introduction to Research’ lesson with students or to guide you in making a Livebinder or resource list around a research topic.

Summer Reading Programme

The 2014/15 Summer Reading programme here at Queen’s was very successful. We had 73 students taking part this year, and we have been delighted with their feedback. Of the girls who completed a feedback survey, 90% said they read more books than they would have without a summer book bag. Almost all of them noted that they read books they would not normally have chosen for themselves, so we were pleased that they extended their reading to different authors and genres. The bright blue bags, specially printed with the ‘Queen’s High School’ crest, were donated from the Queen’s Ex-girls Association, and we thank them for their contribution. A big ‘thank you’ to the staff who supported this programme by ordering their own summer book bags – we were able to purchase an extra 11 library books for the students’ bags. For photos, click here.

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Teacher Resource: An engaging new title

Mindfulness is increasingly being used in educational environments as a proven way to help students learn more effectively, enhance their physical and emotional health and to deal with study and assessment-related demands. In this text, two leading experts provide practical insights and exercises on how to apply mindfulness in any educational setting.

This could be a valuable text for using within your mentoring programmes, or within your own classroom practice. It involves interesting chapters on ‘eMindfulness’, using mindfulness in movement and sport , and how it can enhance creativity in all learning environments.