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Six Steps for Planning a Successful Project

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“David Grant, who guides the Portland school’s technology integration and curriculum development, has put together a six-step rubric for designing a project.”

Carey Leahy‘s insight:

Worth reading the comments from experienced teachers.  Interesting to note that –

Tech learning was ‘scaffolded out’ so students weren’t learning the technology at the same time they were creating their individual final products and the CD-ROM.

See on www.edutopia.org


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10 Web Resources To Help Teach About Primary Sources

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Wondering how to get your students to use and analyze primary sources instead of their beloved Wikipedia? Here are some great resources for primary sources.

Carey Leahy‘s insight:

American examples in focus – there are Australian ones to identify too.

See on www.edudemic.com

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Designing Research Assignments

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Designing assignments to develop information literacy skills via #Drew http://t.co/LGb562TIRi

Carey Leahy‘s insight:

The essential steps inthe research process with the ‘digital citizenship’ factor added in too. Then suggestions for assignment styles that could support the development of the IL skills.

See on users.drew.edu

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Quality finds . .

A friend in my PLN alerted me to an interesting website – that on viewing I felt may not be completely up-to-date.  I was reminded of the comprehensive site set up by Larry Johnson and Annette Lamb about Evaluating Internet Resources.  Prior to working through these processes while building a Topic Pathfinder for assessment in ETL501 (Information Environment), I really was one of those people who mostly just trusted what I accessed online.  As a result of these TL course processes, I now hold a healthy scepticism about information until I have verified its authenticated source.

Be warned - Always learning . .

Be warned – Always learning . .

Not only does this site link to many other sites (such as Kathy Schrock’s), but also lists comprehensive evaluation criteria (I must create a SlideShare based on this!) and concludes with useful activities to test out some of their suggestions.  By finding and using such sites through this course, I have certainly improved my own information literacy in the digital realm.

Image: Personal collection.

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Using Images to Prompt Search Strategies


What do you wonder?

What do you wonder?

Free Technology for Teachers: Using Images as Research Prompts to Teach Google Search Strategies.

The power of an image to generate internal questions can be harnessed with these suggestions . . .  try it out for yourself.

Image: big+truck.jpg

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Digital skills

I’ve been trying to improve my digital skills and efficiency – so much to learn and limited time. On the weekend I decided to create a PowerPoint and upload it into SlideShare.  Really basic and only 4 slides (I’ll probably improve on it since I didn’t put my name to it – woops!). I’m going to embed it below.  If you are looking at this blog you’ll also notice that I’ve connected my Scoop.it account the this Blog site and that the last 4 entries are directly from that curation!  I’ve really got to get some of my own thoughts and reflections down in print!

ThreeStepResearch     This is a like to my PP –  Just haven’t got the ’embed’ thing perfected yet!  I’ll have another go later!

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Conference Capture!

We did Connect; found leads and links to Create, and finally were given some tips on taking up the essential Challenge!  SLAQ2012 was in town!

Attending a conference is inspirational and motivational!!  There’s always so much to think about.  Though one does need to choose just a few of the new things encountered to ‘take on-board’.  Now to take action!  Willi at conferenceOn the first day the indigenous speakers (Boori & Willi) have made me feel there are certainly some quiet aboriginal men who believe that all Australian children need to know the indigenous stories connected to the land so we all value it!  They are finding ways to achieve that goal.

The keynote by JennyLuca was certainly a call to ‘know your core business’.  The new Australian curriculum has many opportunities to extend children’s information literacy . . . and to get them on-line writing and interacting and creating.  We teachers need to experience what is out there (digitally) and move with the times.  She gave some examples of software and apps being used in schools.  I investigated Storify as a place to collect tweets from a conference such as this one.  So I did it!!  You’ll find my collection of Tweets etc in my Storify site – http://storify.com/CareyLeahy/slaq2012.  I’ve also uploaded photos taken over the 4 days to Flickr (SLAQ2012), and added a couple more capable TLs/Techs to my PLN (and twitter groups like #VicPLN).

Registration  Lyn Hay’s keynote address reiterated these ideas and suggested we should try to ‘Thrive rather than just    Survive’.  We need to know our core business and be visible.  If we could choose 3 of the suggestions put forward and work to make them happen – she’d feel successful.  Later in a session she gave some practical examples of where evidence of the TLs work could be recorded/documented. We need this to show our worth! Noted that the Joyce/Buffy folk follow the ‘quick and dirty’ technique of getting the information into digital format and archived that day.  Don’t make a big deal of it – just do it!  The complete SlideShare will be available on the SLAQ site to members.

Mandy Lupton showed some of the deficiencies in the Australian curriculum especially associated with information literacy acquition.  She suggested that much of the research we ask students to complete is ‘re-search’ – the finding of facts already known.  Instead, we should be expecting inquiry-based learning where current, relevant questions are asked, answered and presented in a way to demonstrate info literacy (IL) – and may lead to even more questions.  KWHLAQ will expand the old KWL to include the final Actions and then new Questions.  These are the ideal skill requirements of future citizens.  We should be considering  Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) as the best approach to achieve critical thinking skills and IL aswell.  Mandy has also investigated the Australian Curriculum and found some places where these IL skills/processes were not evident in the current curriculum content and requirements.  She will be worth watching for the Blog she is planning to begin in the near future.

My goals will be to go back to the Australian Curriculum and know it well for my primary students (especially the General Capabilities) and to continue to expand my personal digital literacy skills and PLN and also to engage students in an appropriate digital environment.

Images: Personal collection of Careyque2.

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