ISTE Standard 3: Research and Information Fluency
Trigger Question: How can students use technology to conduct credible research, while recording sources in an accurate and efficient manner?
It was great to look at some of the suggested sources for this module. At me internship placement, students recently completed their first research assignment and it was immediately evident that there needs to explicit instruction in regards to research methods. It is for this reason, that I decided to explore research methods and accurate citation resources, which align with ISTE Standard 3: Research and Information Fluency.
Before this module, I had not been exposed to any of the suggested resources. Upon further investigation, I feel that WebQuests could be a useful resource. I will be teaching the “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” later this semester. The narrator of the story is on the Autism Spectrum. It is important that students gain a deeper understanding of Autism in order to understand the character. I found a WebQuest that would have students create Autism Awareness Brochures/Posters, which will require them to find a Autism definition, characteristics, casual factors, instructional implications, assistive technologies, and accommodations and modifications. Also, the WebQuest provides students with several credible websites that they can utilize. I could absolutely see myself using http://questgarden.com/183/57/2/150913105639/task.htm (Links to an external site.) during this upcoming unit. Bates states (2015), “Teaching presence is the design, facilitation, and direction of cognitive and social processes for the purpose of realizing personally meaningful and educationally worthwhile learning outcomes”. This activity presents students with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of Autism and allows them to connect the knowledge with real-life implications.
In terms of citing sources in an accurate and efficient manner, it seems that The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University and EasyBib combine to provide students with the necessary resources. In the past, I had only referenced students to the OWL website for MLA information. Based on my investigation, I found helpful resources to assist students in finding credible sources https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/02/ (Links to an external site.). Also, I was interested in seeing if there was a more effective website than EasyBib to help students with MLA formatting. It seems that EasyBib is the most comprehensive reference resource http://www.easybib.com/ (Links to an external site.). I will encourage students to use these two websites together to gain a better understanding of MLA guidelines and streamline their research process.