Often when students are doing research projects we require different types of sources. Students can struggle with knowing how to differentiate these types of sources, or struggle when to use one type of source over another. That’s where Barb and I come to help!
Imagine this teaching scenario… A student is creating a presentation about his grandparents’ home country. He wants to insert music and video clips in the presentation. The teacher tells him it’s okay as long as he cites his source. Was the teacher right?
“How do you make sense of what you see when you look at an image, especially if that image comes with no caption, headline, links or other clues about its origins? What can constructing meaning from an image teach you?” – The New York Times
In District 117, our students are fortunate to have access to Chromebooks, which are used to access databases and internet sources. We want students to know about these resources and we want to instruct them on how to use them to solve information problems. As you plan your research projects, Hannah and I wanted to remind you of two resources that are available to you and your students.
Have you tasked your students with finding reliable sources for a research project? In response, you may have students ask what is a reliable source or cite a questionable source in their research. Your students need guidance on what reliable internet sources are and how they can evaluate sources when you find them. Click “read more” to find out how the ILC can help you guide your students to reliable sources and teach them how to evaluate the sources they do find.
As we continue to work in a hybrid teaching model, teachers are turning to digital sources for their curriculum. Barb and I want to remind you to keep databases in mind. What better way to look for articles than to use the state database trial that’s going on now?
Need help writing that research paper? Whether you're just getting started or in the final stages of research, we are here to help. We can help with anything from creating citations, to finding good sources, or even picking a topic! We can also help you find your new favorite book or help with requesting a book from the ILC. You can book an appointment here, or through the calendar below. Don't see a time that works for you? Send Ms. Mueller an email to book an appointment.
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Tired of reading the same book over and over again? Don't worry we got you covered! During remote learning you can still check out books from the Lakes ILC. All you have to do is request the book you'd like to read, and we will bring it to the front office for you to pick up.
If you and your students are getting a bit stir crazy, take a virtual field trip! Many museums, zoos, and other cultural institutions are offering virtual tours. There’s something for everyone, between watching the adorable penguins waddle their way through the Shedd Aquarium or traveling to the storied halls of the Palace of Versailles.
Here are some of my top picks for exploring the world from your own home. For more information about virtual field trips, check out our Online Teaching and Learning libguide.
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