"Since Windschitl first outlined a research agenda for the World Wide Web and classroom research, significant shifts have occurred in the nature of the Web and the conceptualization of classrooms.
Via Susan Bainbridge
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Pew Research has just published a study that looks at how teens do research in the digital world. They survey was done "in collaboration with the College Board and the National Writing Project." Below are a couple of the key findings (quoted).
* Virtually all (99%) AP and NWP teachers in this study agree with the notion that 'the internet enables students to access a wider range of resources than would otherwise be available,' and 65% agree that 'the internet makse today's students more self-sufficient.'
* Fewer teachers, but still a majority of this sample (60%), agree with the assertion that today's technologies make it harder for students to find credible sources of information.
This links to the overview. If you would like to see the full report (online or download as a pdf) click on this link:
Via Beth Dichter, Randy Borum, Patty Ball
No Simple Solution for Improving Students’ Research and Critical Evaluation Skills
The ability to locate, evaluate and accurately utilize complex information, often referred to as information literacy, is a critical skill for success in school, work and life. A new study by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) recommends colleges and universities implement institutional information literacy strategies to help students develop these skills. While the study examined several different models for teaching information literacy, on their own none proved significantly advantageous, and the authors suggest multiple approaches may be required.
Via Dennis T OConnor
"The term “project-based learning” gets tossed around a lot in discussions about how to connect students to what they’re learning. Teachers might add projects meant to illustrate what students have learned, but may not realize what they’re doing is actually called 'project-oriented learning.' And it’s quite different from project-based learning..."
Via EDTC@UTB, William Machado, Lynnette Van Dyke, Ken Morrison
A visual history of human sensemaking, from cave paintings to the world wide web.
100 Diagrams That Changed the World by investigative journalist and documentarian Scott Christianson chronicles the history of our evolving understanding of the world through humanity’s most groundbreaking sketches, illustrations, and drawings, ranging from cave paintings to The Rosetta Stone to Moses Harris’s color wheel to Tim Berners-Lee’s flowchart for a “mesh” information management system, the original blueprint for the world wide web.
But most noteworthy of all is the way in which these diagrams bespeak an essential part of culture — the awareness that everything builds on what came before, that creativity is combinational, and that the most radical innovations harness the cross-pollination of disciplines.
Via Lauren Moss, Dennis T OConnor
Robin Good: Readcube is a free download software (PC and Mac) which allows you to automatically update, organize, annotate, index and search-through your collection of PDF documents.
This is a great tool for anyone doing serious research in any field, whether inside or outside the official academic and scientific sectors. The key benefit of using this tool is its ability to auto-organize and enhance your existing PDF library and to help you find related documents, while appropriately linking all authors and reference notes within each paper.
Key features include:
- PDF import and auto-indexing
- Author, title and and source-journal auto-identification
- Search and view abstracts from Google Scholar and PubMed
- Get daily article recommendations based on your research interests + the contents of your library
- Create in-line comments and directly highlight key phrases
- Find automatically citations for any article in your library
- Login integration with your university or institution so you can download articles from its library without logging in separately
To get a better idea of ReadCube can do, please check the video on this page: http://www.readcube.com/enhancedpdf
Free to use.
Live Demo of ReadCube Web Reader: http://www.readcube.com/reader/10.1038/nature10414
More info: http://www.readcube.com/
Via Robin Good
The market’s perverse water pricing creates opportunities for businesses that look beyond the market and consider the true cost of H20.
The environmental and social costs of global business water use add up to around $1.9 trillion per year, according to new research.
Via Lauren Moss
Those good people at the Pew Research Centre recently updated their annual look at who is using social media, discovering that 16 percent of U.S. internet users are now active on Twitter.
But what about some of the other major social platforms? Aside from Twitter, who exactly is using Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr?
This infographic (courtesy of Adweek) takes Pew’s data and represents it all in a pleasing visual form; view key takeaways at the article link.
Via Lauren Moss
This page features innovative uses of online collaboration tools (OCTs) for teaching and course management. You can browse the full list or use the search criteria to find the examples most relevant to you. Click on any title for a full description or use the Links to watch short videos of faculty describing their teaching strategies and see examples. For a summary of practical recommendations for effectively implementing OCTs in one's teaching, see CRLT's Occasional Paper No. 31: Teaching in the Cloud: Leveraging Online Collaboration Tools to Enhance Student Engagement.
Via Dennis T OConnor, juandoming
"Wikipedia can often get a bum rap from many in the education community. Sometimes, it’s for good reason, as it can be a VERY overused information source by students AND adults alike...Today I want to reflect on its benefits as a starting reference or secondary (maybe tertiary) source to start of your research, based on how I used it to research my History resource."
Via Beth Dichter
The iNACOL K-12 Online and Blended Learning Research Database Project was created to be a central location for references to the growing body of research in the field of K-12 online and blended learning. We invite you to participate in the creation and evolution of this database. Search for reference entries or create an account in order to submit references for inclusion in the database.
Via Dennis T OConnor
Ken's Key takeaway:
I will definitely be sharing this link with my students next semestesr. Lauren Moss has been featured by Scoop.it for the past two weeks as a new curator to follow. She has a WONDERFUL list of quick tips on how to be a better curator. I fully agree with her strategy. I hope that many of you feel that I follow it most of the time.
Via Ken Morrison