InstaGrok is an interactive search engine that allows students to search for any topic in a visually engaging way. When students conduct a search query, InstaGrok finds the relevant information related to that query and present it in the form of interactive concept maps (grok).
Training high school students in digital research and partnering them with a school librarian can instill a high level of confidence during college, according to preliminary observations of a study underway by EBSCO.
This has additional support for a robust school library digital literacy collaborative program. The realization that deeper searches are available doesn't just happen, students need qualified guides, teacher-librarians, to make the most effective connections.
Perhaps you saw the recent story in the New York Times about the new research on middle-school students’ digital literacy skills? This research shows that although kids can use digital and social media for entertainment, they can’t access information, comprehend it, or evaluate it to create their own interpretation.
Guest blogger Becky Morales, creator of Kid World Citizen, offers five ideas for using literature about children and families in other parts of the world to broaden the minds of U.S. elementary students.
Anita Vance's insight:
Adding tales from around the world can serve as a starting point for observing cultures around the world.
One of my favourite sources for information and guidelines regarding referencing and citation styles is the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). I have heard several professors (in the humanities, at least) recommend it to graduate students. But there are also several other resources student researchers and academics can draw on to hone in their research writing skills. This page from Plagiarism.org features a plethora of excellent materials and citation sources that are all available online or in the form of PDF documents , free to download and use.
Learning in Hand Show #29 tells you about three websites that are great for finding clipart, photos, symbols, and icons. These sites feature images that you already have permission to use on your website, blog, poster, slideshow, video, animation, etc., etc. Also, get tips on how to download these images and advice for finding images to illustrate your ideas.
Anita Vance's insight:
Look at these for adding resources for your new learning spaces...
ne of the most common questions math teachers hear from their students is, “why does this matter?” They are constantly trying to convince students that math is useful and could help them in their everyday lives.
This morning I spent some time reading the first part of the solution to Dr. Daniel Russell's most recent search challenge on Search ReSearch. Dr. Russell is a search anthropologist working at Google. Every week he posts search challenges that are designed to introduce you to new ways of searching for information.