Research Paper Resources at Tech

Research and Information Literacy

Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
a. plan strategies to guide inquiry.
b. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
c. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
d. process data and report results.

Digital Citizenship
Students understand human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical behavior. Students:
a. advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
b. exhibit a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity.
c. demonstrate personal responsibility for lifelong learning.
d. exhibit leadership for digital citizenship.

Presenters: Marge Runkle, Lauri Brady, Angie McWilliams
Room: Media Center

Finding Stuff

Finding resources on the web is more than just searching skills, it also involves essential reading and critical thinking skills.
Developing Web Literacy
This is an excellent site to educate teachers and students on the basics of finding information in the internet. It is a site that has been developed by Sue Sheffer, Central York School District.

I found it on the internet, so it must be true!
Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus
Aluminum Foil Deflector Beanies
All About Explorers

The Other Encyclopedia - Wikipedia!
The truth about Wikipedia

Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.
  • Disney's Common Sense Campaign
  • Cyber Safe Rules of the Road
    • Rules of the Road for Kids
    • 1. Guard your privacy. What people know about you is up to you.
      2. Protect your reputation. Self-reflect before you self-reveal. What’s funny or edgy today could cost you tomorrow.
      3. Nothing is private online. Anything you say or do can be copied, pasted, and sent to gazillions of people without your permission.
      4. Assume everyone is watching. There’s a huge, vast audience out there. If someone is your friend’s friend, they can see everything.
      5. Apply the Golden Rule. If you don’t want it done to you, don’t do it to someone else.
      6. Choose wisely. Not all content is appropriate. You know what we mean.
      7. Don't hide. Using anonymity to cloak your actions doesn’t turn you into a trustworthy, responsible human being.
      8. Think about what you see. Just because it’s online doesn’t make it true.
      9. Be smart, be safe. Not everyone is who they say they are. But you know that.

Chatting with Kids about Being Online
This is a "how-to" in PDF format by the US Gov, gives adults practical tips to help kids navigate the online world.

Before You Fb Txt Tw or Blog

Tools for Collecting Sites for Students:
Jog-the-Web-Must create an account to create and save "jogs"'t need account or login, but you can't go back and edit or add to your collection.'t need an account, easy to use, again...can't edit it later, but great to quickly collect sites.
Google Custom Search-Create a custom search engine that works like Google, but only searches the sites you specify. Like other Google tools, you can collaborate with others.

Examples of Website Collections:

Using Stuff

Toddler's Creed posted by H. Dan Smith, EdD, MFT

The "Toddler's Creed" appeared in the syndicated weekly newspaper article "Families Today" by T. Berry Brazelton. It is a nice reminder of the stresses we feel with normal behavior of toddlers. Enjoy.

If I want it, it's mine.
If I give it to you and change my mind later, it's mine.
If I can take it away from you, it's mine.
If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
If it's mine, it will never belong to anybody else, no matter what.
If we are building something together, all the pieces are mine.
If it looks just like mine, it is mine.

Citing Stuff

Our Favorite Citation Makers:
BibMe (MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian-can send to Word or save in account)
Easybib (MLA, Chicago, Turabian-can send bibliography to Word and Google Docs, APA available with subscription)

Copyright, Plagiarism, and the Law

Copyright and Fair Use explained
1997, updated in 2000. Cathy Newsome
Easy-to-understand comparison of copyright and fair use
A Teacher's Guide to Fair Use
Copyright Compliance Center
Each page has a short quiz and a summary
Easy-to-use website
Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance
Creative Commons (CC)
and other Copyright Free Image Resources

*Important: Just because an image is copyright free, doesn't mean you don't cite it. Any media you "borrow" for your project should be cited properly.

How to cite Creative Commons Works
Check the site for specific requirements for citing the images found on the cite.
Good rule of thumb to include AT LEAST:
  • Username of photographer, author, etc.
  • URL of media
Creative Commons(Home page)
Creative Commons Search
The New Rules of Copyright: Copyright Do's and Don'ts for Schools(Short Q&A with executive director of CC)
Wikimedia Commons
NOAA Photo Libarary
Education World Collection of Copyright Free Image Sites
Copyright Friendly Wiki
PPPST Clip Art for Teachers and Students
Digital Citizenship
Links from JogTheWeb
Media Education Lab from Temple University
Developed by Renee Hobbs
Media Education Lab (Home Page)
Code of Best Practices for Fair Use in Media Literacy Education
Schoolhouse Rock Copyright Videos (Videos regarding copyright)
Lesson Plans for High School and Higher Education
.PDF File of Code of Best Practices in Fair use for Online Videos,
link from Media Education Lab
(Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law, Faculty Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic,
Washington College of Law, American University)

Music Rules!
Lays foundation for respecting all forms
of intellectual property, especially music recordings.
Music Rules

Quick Tips
Avoid Plagiarism - Give Credit Where Credit is Due
ReadWriteThink, a Thinkfinity partner
Three lesson plans for Grades 6-8
Exploring Plagiarism, Copyright and Paraphrasing
Chart from Tech Learning's web site
A .PDF document

Hall Davidson--Copyright Documents and Links
.PDF document from the United States Copyright Office, revised 2009

Image Use
Decision Making flowchart for student use
Can I Use This Image On My Website? (Flowchart)

A comment page discussing the chart.

Copyright School Video and Quiz

David Warlick's Teacher Permission to Use Template

David Warlick's Student Permission to Use Template
MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago
Tabs across top for sources selection
Very easy to use
MLA6, MLA7, APA, Turabian, Chicago
As of October 2010 FREE citation guide only supports MLA
Two tabs at top: to cite and a nice citation guide
Create an account to save entries
Contains advertisements

Easy Bib Visual Guide to Citations
Landmarks for Schools
MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago
Geared towards Students, colleges, instructors
More steps to create citation
Citation Machine
Oregon Public Education
MLA citation maker for elementary and secondary(Detailed instructions)
Citation page (save citations; copy citations before quitting)
Very easy to use
Multiple sources available to cite
Recipes4Success Citation Maker

Selecting Stuff

Moving beyond just plain Google...

  • Great tool for developing search strings
  • Add search terms to narrow your search and improve your results
  • Build using boolean logic

More Google Search Options
  • Look at reviews
  • Narrow results by date and what's most recent
  • Search a certain cite for information

Wolfram Alpha
  • Computational Knowledge Engine
  • Enter your question or calculation, and
    Wolfram|Alpha uses its computational power
    and ever growing collection of knowledge to
    compute the answer. Discover new information
    about the world, and integrate expert knowledge
    into any facet of your life.
  • Examples to try
  • Resources for Educators
  • Wolfram Education Portal

Saving Stuff

Video by Lee Lefever at Common Craft. You can find a list of wonderful videos like this one to demonstrate a variety of technology literacies on YouTube.


How do I know this stuff?


Gift Stuff

That Quiz
ThatQuiz is a free testing service for teachers to use with their classes. Multiple choice tests and math tests can be administered to students using this website. All grades are immediately reported to the students. Teachers receive complete record keeping of test results, including all grades and wrong answers.

Quizlet is a fun, free, way to study languages, vocabulary, or almost anything. We're also the largest and fastest growing educational flashcards site on the web, providing powerful online study tools and games to millions of students. Founded in 2005 by high school sophomore Andrew Sutherland, Quizlet lets you make your own flashcards or choose from millions of flashcards created by other users.

Simple, fun, competitive games that help children learn and gain confidence with Math, English and other key skills and knowledge.

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