Throughout the year, Mrs. Mueller and I are often asked, “What database should I use for my research project?” Whether students are working on their I-Search project or just needing to find peer reviewed articles, JSTOR stands out as one of our favorite databases. Check out the six reasons why we recommend students use JSTOR.
As teachers continue to use digital sources for their curriculum, Hannah and I want to remind you to keep databases in mind. We think there is no better way to look for articles than to use the state database trial that’s going on now.
One of the constants in a teacher’s life is creating lessons and updating curriculum. As we continue this important work, you may be interested to learn about Open Educational Resources (OER).
"OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." (Hewlett Foundation)
“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.
What will you do this summer? Although most of us will want to read, travel, visit family and friends, many of us will eventually work on curriculum. As you work, have you ever wondered when, or if, you would be moving from a traditional textbook to a digital textbook?
How cool would it be to design a textbook that is more than just a print resource, but an interactive one as well? A textbook that can be updated when the content changes.
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.
Are you interested in a career that utilizes your creativity and problem solving skills? Do you think you have what it takes to create technology? Would you like to find a career that offers plenty of openings, career growth and great wages?
Several District 117 staff members and administrators attended the ICE conference in Schaumburg the last week of February. Here is a list of their top takeaways. Contact the individual if you would like more information.
Usually, Kellie and I use the blog forum to share new ideas about technology integration, reading promotions, and research tips. Yet, sometimes information from last year is so good that it is worth re-posting with updated information.
We know that teachers are looking for ways to include more reading activities into their curriculum. What better way to look for articles than to use the state database trial that’s going on now?
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