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  1. Prepare for Research
  • Define information needs (i.e define your question)
  • Explore information
  • Identify and use varied ways of organizing information
  • Relate prior knowledge to information
Useful technology tools: Brainstorming: Wordle
Graphic Organizers: Tagxedo, scoopit
AASL’s** Standards for the 21st Century Learner: Use prior and background knowledge as context for new learning.

  1. Locating Resources
  • Develop effective search strategies
  • Select the most appropriate tools for identifying information
  • Obtain information in a variety of formats (print and electronic)
  • Locate a variety of appropriate information from a variety of sources
  • Gather information from resources using organizational methods
  • Collaborate with others to share findings and ideas
Useful technology tools:Alabama Virtual Library
search engines: sweet search, google advanced, metacrawler, dogpile
delicious, diigo

AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner: Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions.

  1. Process Information
  • Analyze and evaluate information for quality, quantity and relevance
  • Revise search strategies to adjust research and problem solving
  • Sort information using a variety of organizational tools
  • Synthesize findings and formulate conclusions
  • Document information sources
Useful technology tools:
Easybib, prezi, livebinder
AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner: Organize knowledge so that it is useful.

Use technology and other information tools to analyze and organize information.
  1. Transfer Learning
  • Revise product according to purpose, audience and format
  • Present research finding in a variety of forms for a variety of audiences
  • Reflect and evaluate learning
  • Transfer new skills and knowledge in order to solve future problems and make decisions
Useful technology tools:
Prezi, Glogster Edu

AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner: Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings.

  1. Utilize Information Ethically
  • Understand plagiarism and know the importance of and how to correctly acknowledge the work of others
  • Understand fair use and intellectual property
  • Netiquette
Useful technology tools:
flickr, Wikimedia Commons, morguefile, ccmixter

AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner: Respect copyright/intellectual property rights of creators and producers.
Follow ethical and legal guidelines in gathering and using information.
Practice safe and ethical behaviors in personal electronic communication and interaction.

**American Association of School Librarians

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