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Tools for Teachers - Workshop 1
Transcript of Tools for Teachers - Workshop 1
Understanding Keyword Searches
Techniques for Brainstorming Keywords
Effectively using Online Sources How to use the Library Catalog Library Catalog Webquest Classroom Exercises Navigating the card catalog Overview Smart Keyword Searching Lesson Plan Overview Overview:
When you know the specific information you need, keyword searching is the most effective method of searching on the World Wide Web. Students learn strategies to increase the accuracy of their search. They compare the number and kinds of sites obtained and make inferences about the effectiveness of the strategies. Introduction
Have students discuss the following scenario: You and a friend are a team playing a computer game. Your friend, who has never played before, must hold the controls. How can you help your teammate make the best moves?
Help students discover that the more precisely they word their directions, the more skillfully their teammate will navigate the controls.
Draw parallels between the above scenario and Internet searches: Only the search engine software can sort through a database of Web sites. However, you can direct the search engine by carefully selecting commands. Keyword searching in respect
to Library Technology Classroom Exercises Discussion:
What is a keyword?
Why it's important to try different keyword combinations
How less can be more when searching – fewer words often mean more results Understanding Keyword Searches Techniques for Brainstorming Keywords Web Resources for Brainstorming Keywords Classroom Exercises http://www.kwmap.net/ http://www.visualthesaurus.com/ http://visuwords.com/ Good methods for developing keywords Overview Effectively Using Online Sources Lesson Plans for effective website use Classroom Exercises Rating Websites Lesson Overview
Students discuss and apply criteria for rating informational Web sites, compare their results, and infer that all Web sites are not equally good sources of research information.
Ideal for beginners Identifying High Quality Sites Lesson Overview
Students learn that, because anyone can publish on the Web, they must carefully evaluate the sites they use for research. They review evaluation criteria and use a checklist to "grade" informational sites.
Ideal for intermediate level learners Evaluating Online Resources Lesson Overview
Students learn to think critically about their choices of Web sites for research by using an evaluation checklist that discusses the key characteristics of trustworthy sites. A sampling of sites on a topic of high interest to students provides the lesson context. Optional strategies for the use of Web 2.0 tools are included. Extend the lesson to examine the use of Wikipedia.
Ideal for advanced level learners Terrebonne Parish Library Reference Tools Overview Discussion:
finding and using advanced Google search tools
Boolean tricks What is it?
Why did we start this program?
Who can attend?
What are the benefits? Questions? Comments? www.mytpl.org/teachertools http://bit.ly/JPCj7A http://bit.ly/KFi6k5 http://bit.ly/M6DBXk http://bit.ly/M6DBXk Discussion:
How to get ideas for other words to use in a keyword search
overview article - skim for other keywords
index of a subject encyclopedia http://bit.ly/LhOVix Discussion:
Beginning a search
Fine tuning search terms
Reading item records
Finding ebooks and on-demand video (in Access Video on Demand and Overdrive) Even more points to cover:
draw or look up a mind map (try “bush” as an example)
use web tools
http://www.kwmap.net/ Even more points to cover:
Turning to trusted sources
ask “who is an expert in this?” “who cares about this a lot?”
associations (watch for bias)
universities - .edu
government sources - .gov
Snopes.com, Factcheck.org, and Politifact.com , League of Women Voters http://bit.ly/TFTLP1 http://bit.ly/TFTQuest1 http://bit.ly/TFTLP2 http://bit.ly/TFTLP3 http://bit.ly/TFTLP4