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.
#1 - Big6 Research Model
A few years ago, a district Research Committee adopted the Big6 research model as a way to help students identify goals and to seek, use, and assemble relevant, credible information. The Big6 is a six-stage information literacy process that breaks down the six steps of the research process for students.
#2 - LibGuides
When creating/updating your projects, please reach out to us to create a LibGuide. LibGuides is a program that we use to customize a research project according to a teacher’s particular need that both students and teachers will like.
Students will like LibGuides because the link, posted on our website (or yours), allows them access to their project resources anytime, anywhere.
Teachers will like LibGuides because of its versatility. You decide how to organize your content. For example, when creating the English 2 Capstone Project, the teacher wanted to highlight the database, plagiarism and citation resources. For the Environmental Issues Project, the teacher wanted to also give their students information on video editing and creation tools.
We can create guides on virtually any topic, subject, course, or process. For more ideas, check out our LibGuide home page. Then, when you’re ready to create and/or update your LibGuide, please contact Barb Mason (at Antioch) or Hannah Mueller (at Lakes).
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