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Fifty Ways to Leave Your Term Paper/Book Report & Tell Your Story — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Fifty Ways to Leave Your Term Paper/Book Report & Tell Your Story — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Although we believe that students need to develop the skills necessary to prepare a thoughtful, well-written, inquiry-driven research paper, our students have many other engaging product options. They can acquire subject knowledge and develop transferable information literacy and technology skills through a variety of creative activities. The following is a list of some alternative assessments for your class. For any research product or response to literature, consider how we might offer video, digital storytelling and publishing, art, drama, or presentation as an option for students to creatively communicate/share/publish/broadcast the knowledge they have gained. 

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Google Docs Research Template - A Stepping Stone

Google Docs Research Template - A Stepping Stone | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Earlier this year I designed a template to introduce teachers to the usefulness of using Google Presentation as a tool for research. The purpose of the template is for use as a starting point to help teachers plan and implement technology driven learning experiences that are fueled by Essential Questions and aligned to Common Core Standards.


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nihal abitiu's curator insight, June 17, 2013 6:06 AM

très intéressant pour les enseigants.

Tim Brook's curator insight, June 17, 2013 10:13 AM

...and did you know that in Chrome images can be added from a search page by dragging them to the presentation's tab and dropping them on the slide when it opens - superspeedy

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, June 19, 2013 7:29 AM

I tried the link to get a copy of the Google Presentation Research Template that is in this blog post. It was not found. I sent Susan a message so hopefully she will get the link corrected. 

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Rutgers Beginner's Guide to Research

Rutgers Beginner's Guide to Research | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

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A solid look at research from Rutgers.

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Anita Vance's curator insight, May 30, 2013 9:54 AM

a visual aid - helpful for upper grades, or as a tutorial.  Any way we can help with examining a topic and planning the search is appreciated.

Peg Becksvoort's curator insight, May 30, 2013 5:29 PM

Look at this from the POV of when and how you will teach research skills. Students need consistent requirements for excellence and accountability.

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, June 6, 2013 3:49 AM

a great tool to teach your students how to research

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scrible Student Edition

scrible Student Edition | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
scrible is launching a brand new Student Edition with new features and perks for any student with a ".edu" email address.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 9, 2013 2:17 PM

The power research features of this online social bookmarking system make me sit up and take notice: 


Citations and Bibliographies

Capture citations in a snap and create bibliographies with a 
single click.


Summaries and Reports

Compile your annotations from multiple articles into a simple summary or robust report.


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Keith Curry Lance: Receiving the 2013 AASL Distinguished Service Award

Keith Curry Lance: Receiving the 2013 AASL Distinguished Service Award | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Library research/statistics consultant - School library impact studies - LJ Index - Project evaluation - Proposal Writing
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Keith Curry Lance's research work on the effectiveness of professionally staffed library media centers is remarkable.  The fact that in the face of impeccable proof that professional librarians and media staff provide remarkable boosts to student learning--libraries are still being closed makes me question any bibrary closing decision maker who claims to be research driven.


If you are not familiar with his work, you should be! 

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Getting Kids Engaged with Primary Sources | Cool Tools - The Digital Shift

Getting Kids Engaged with Primary Sources | Cool Tools - The Digital Shift | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

"The World Digital Library is a database of more than 7,000 primary source documents and images from around the world. Sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, WDL can be searched by date, era, country, continent, topic, and type of resource. Search tools and content descriptions are available in seven languages..."


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Research with primary sources moves kids from textbooks to the real world. 

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, April 24, 2013 6:44 AM

We have the digital equivilent sources in Australian Libraries too

Judith Morais's curator insight, April 25, 2013 8:14 AM

A good range of primary resources that can be used for teaching. The World Digital Library takes you to Australian resources too.

Lucinda Scott-Kellermeier's curator insight, April 25, 2013 4:46 PM

Good links for students and teachers alike, especially in the fields of history and social studies.

 

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"How To Do Research" Game

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"How To Do Research" game is presented by Kentucky Virtual Library. It's designed for kids to learn how to do research independently with kids-friendly user experience. Did you know that you can ac...

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I admire the thinking, planning, and hard work that went into this game for kids.  Congratulations to the Kentucky Virtual Library!

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Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 24, 2014 12:37 PM

A Game for the children :)

Lotte Schacht's curator insight, September 14, 2014 7:09 AM

Great stuff.

larcher's curator insight, October 19, 2014 11:07 AM

ajouter votre point de vue ...

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Turnitin - What's Wrong with Wikipedia?

Turnitin - What's Wrong with Wikipedia? | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Educators are well aware of the shortcomings of relying on crowd-sourced content for authoritative information, yet the fact that Wikipedia continues to reign supreme as a top match in Turnitin suggests that students don't see things the same way. In short, what constitutes "research" for students today has come to mean "Googling."

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, February 28, 2013 10:32 PM

Gaining access to turnitin's resources is a little clunky but worth it. The webinar is 30 minutes long and worth the time. The related SEER resource is also good.

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Web 2.0 Annotation and Bookmarking Tools: A Quick Guide

Selected 10 annotation and bookmarking tools

 



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It's been several years since I used my local browser bookmarking system to keep track of my web related reading. Now its Scoop.it + Diigo for me!

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Chanelle Savich's curator insight, January 28, 2013 10:46 PM

Thorough guide with step by step installation instructions as well as information about what differentiates each tool from the others. 

Sandra V. Barbosa's comment, January 29, 2013 12:53 AM
Visit me also at scoop.it http://www.scoop.it/t/english-language-and-literature-for-native-portuguese-language .Thanks, Paulo Faria.
Mita Jordan's curator insight, January 29, 2013 4:33 PM

Web 2.0, Annotation and Bookmarking tools

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International Media and Information Literacy Survey (IMILS)

International Media and Information Literacy Survey (IMILS) | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

The report PRELIMINARY RESULTS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA AND INFORMATION LITERACY SURVEY (IMILS) OF THE HABITS AND PRACTICES OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS WHEN UNDERTAKING RESEARCH ASSIGNMENTS


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This site includes the background for the survey as well as all questions from the survey.  Reports is in pdf format and can be downloaded for free. 

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Lourense Das's curator insight, December 19, 2012 11:29 AM
On Literacy Survey (IMILS) of the habits and practices of university students when undertaking research assignments

 

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The CRAP test in action - Guide for Student Research (Portland State)

The CRAP test in action - Guide for Student Research (Portland State) | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

The CRAP test: Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Purpose/ Point of view is a simple and memorable way to help students evaluate sources for their research. This page from the Portland State University Library has two short videos that demonstrate the CRAP test being used to evaluate websites and articles. 

 

Here's a PDF overview of the CRAP test, with a list of questions to ask about the source to evaluate it: http://www.library.vanderbilt.edu/central/Soc/crap.pdf

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What 4,500 Professors and Administrators Think About Online Learning

What 4,500 Professors and Administrators Think About Online Learning | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
What do professors and administrators really think about online education?


Inside Higher Ed and the Babson Survey Research Group asked more than 4,500 of them. Here are three important takeaways from their survey.

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Curious George . Research | PBS Parents

Curious George . Research | PBS Parents | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
CURIOUS GEORGE is an animated series based on the popular books by Margret and H.A. Rey and airs daily on PBS KIDS.


Great news for everyone's favorite Monkey! A study by the Concord Evaluation Group states that: "watching CURIOUS GEORGE episodes resulted in a knowledge boost for the children in the Television Group."

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Twitter for Researchers

Part of the Becoming a Networked Researcher workshops I run at the University of York.

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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, June 22, 2013 7:01 AM

An interesting presentation on using Twitter as a 'networked researcher'. 

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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Many educators are explicitly teaching such skills as how to evaluate a website's credibility, how to use precise keywords, and how to better mine search engines.

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, June 12, 2013 12:09 AM

Good article to share with your teachers who are looking to improve student research skills to meet standards.

Maria Persson's comment, June 17, 2013 11:00 PM
If this happens in the early years of learning it will not be such an issue at the tertiary level where plagiarism is still a real problem!
Maria Persson's curator insight, June 17, 2013 11:07 PM

A number of great points that are both practical and theoritical in terms of how to assist students' understanding of digital literacy skills, preparing them for the future, increasing their understanding of what the future might bring! 

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Social Media For Research

Presentation slides for my webinar on the 11 May (2013) to students from an Online Course in Research methodology for PhD scholars at the Shreemati Nathibai Dam

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Judith's curator insight, May 17, 2013 8:37 AM

This is a great resource for anyone looking to get their research out there. Some great links and tools are provided. Thanks to Zaid Ali Alsagoff for the presentation and to Anna Waits for scooping!

Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, May 18, 2013 5:50 AM

A great presentation. 

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Have Your Teachers Banned Wikipedia? They Must Not Know About This.

Have Your Teachers Banned Wikipedia? They Must Not Know About This. | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Wikipedia's most common sources of information are news outlets, books, and academic archives. So if your teacher has banned Wikipedia, just follow Wikipedia's trail of sources to get to the good stuff. Oh, and don't tell them we sent you.
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Wikipedia is a solid way to begin a search on many topics IF you follow the backtrail to the sources listed in the article. 

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Deborah Owen's curator insight, May 7, 2013 8:12 AM

Hmmm... Worth knowing about. Still can't cite it, but a good place to start for background info.

Sarah Rach-Sovich's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:06 AM

A great starting point - track it back to see where it might have come from.

Lorena Swetnam's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:43 AM

Teach students and teachers how Wikipedia can be a starting point in the research process, not the final destination. 

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Pennsylvania Study Concludes School Librarians Boost Student Achievement

Pennsylvania Study Concludes School Librarians Boost Student Achievement | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA), Education Law Center (ELC) and Health Sciences Library Consortium were awarded a National Leadership research grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for this study. By analyzing the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), which measures reading, writing, math, and science achievement for schoolchildren, this study determined that “reading and writing scores are better for students who have a full-time certified librarian than those who don’t.”


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I"m surprised research is still being done on this topic.  For my money, Kieth Curry Lance proved the point sometime ago: http://keithcurrylance.com/

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 29, 2013 4:26 PM

Advocate outside the education sector to get some attention.

 

It is this statement that alerts me to the need to do this ... "When the study initially began, researchers discovered that many lawmakers were ignorant to the struggles facing school libraries in that many did not know that schools were not required to have libraries, while others were unaware of how quickly school library programs were being cut."

Dennis T OConnor's comment, April 30, 2013 3:21 PM
Those interested in research that PROVES the power of a professionally staffed library media center should go to Kiety Curry Lance's website. His decade long studies are the strongest research I know of that look into the effectiveness of library media specialists. http://keithcurrylance.com/
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scrible | smarter online research - annotate, organize & collaborate on web pages

scrible | smarter online research - annotate, organize & collaborate on web pages | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Even though the world uses the Internet to research nearly everything for work, school and home (job postings, press releases, Wikipedia articles, medical info, etc.), most folks still use old-school ways of annotating, organizing and sharing online info (printing to mark by hand, copying/pasting into Word, etc.). It's archaic, laborious and a waste of time. We're changing that. We're bringing Web-based research into the Internet Era by empowering people to mark up web pages in the browser and manage and collaborate on them online. And that's just the start... We've got much more planned in a variety of areas to help people manage the mounds of info they're pulling off the Web everyday.

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This Diigo competitor has a very rich editing tool set.  If you're looking for a research organizer and social bookmark system, Scrilbe has searious horsepower. 

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Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement | School Library Journal

Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement | School Library Journal | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Simply put, students suffer when they don’t have adequate resources—and, in particular, we’ve found that student achievement suffers when schools lack libraries that are staffed by full-time librarians. “Nearly every public school in Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties has a library with certified staff, which has been proven to increase student reading and comprehension,” notes Kintisch. “In contrast, most public schools in Philadelphia do not employ a certified librarian, and more than 140 do not have a library.”

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Kieth Curry Lance's decade long research studies established (beyond any doubt) that a professionally staffed library is essential for student achievement. It never hurts to be shown the obvious truth (over and over again).


When will the decision makers stop the lip service and pay attention to the research? School Libraries and Librarians WORK! 

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Lourense Das's curator insight, March 13, 2013 3:35 AM

Told you so! ;-)

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How to Conduct Scientific Research On the Internet (Without Getting Duped)

How to Conduct Scientific Research On the Internet (Without Getting Duped) | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

You know how to tell if something controversial is actually true, but what if you want to read up on something without stumbling into half-truths and pseudoscience? Here's how to use the internet as a powerful research tool without being led astray.

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The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN) | The Sloan Consortium

The Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN) | The Sloan Consortium | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

The aim of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks is to describe original work in asynchronous learning networks (ALN), including experimental results. Our mission is to provide practitioners in online education with knowledge about the very best research in online learning. Papers emphasizing results, backed by data are the norm. Occasionally, papers reviewing broad areas are published, including critical reviews of thematic areas. Papers useful to administrators are welcome. JALN is published 4 times a year, and entire issues are published from time-to-time around a single topic or disciplinary areas. Calls for papers for special issues include specific due dates, but general submissions are accepted year-round. . The Journal adheres to traditional standards of double-blind peer review, and authors are encouraged to provide quantitative data; currently JALN's acceptance rate is 25%. The original objective of the Journal was to establish ALN as a field by publishing articles from authoritative and reliable sources. The Journal is now a major resource for knowledge about online learning.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 15, 2013 4:00 PM

Free access to a significant archive of research papers about online teaching and learing... start browsing today!

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Why Teachers Worry About Students’ Online Research Skills

Why Teachers Worry About Students’ Online Research Skills | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Survey shows teachers are concerned about students’ ability to find credible information online.


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100 Search Engines For Academic Research

100 Search Engines For Academic Research | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

100 Search Engines For Academic Research.. .Check out our new, up-to-date collection to discover the very best search engine for finding the academic results you’re looking for.


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A4Academics's comment, March 27, 2013 2:22 PM
Its wonderful list . Thanks for sharing it. I wasn't aware of such a big list till now.
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School Libraries Count! | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

School Libraries Count! | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

AASL's National Longitudinal Survey of School Library Programs


AASL sponsors a longitudinal survey to provide data on the health of the nation's school library programs. The annual survey is open to library centers at all schools teaching at the primary and secondary levels.


Full report and executive summary available in pdf. 

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