The War That Saved My Life is an outstanding, heart-warming, coming-of-age story set in the English countryside during World War 2 and is historical fiction at its best. Reminiscent of Goodnight Mister Tom, we highly recommend it as a holiday read for our younger Middle Years' students.
Finding high quality images that are free to use can be difficult, especially for students. Canva, an easy to use content creation design tool, has compiled an extremely useful list of 74 sources of high quality free images that are either in the public domain or listed under Creative Commons Attribution. Easy access to this stock respository can be found under the iResearch tab.
For our students working on assignments over the holiday break, we have a new resource to support your research needs. The Gale Reference Centre, found under the iResearch tab on the website, is a collection of non-fiction ebook resources you can use to locate and select quality information to assist with your assignment topics. It is a valuable addition to the online resources the iCentre provides for our learners.
Students in Yr 7 are taught and encouraged to use the iCentre OPAC to access a wide variety of resources to support their learning about Ancient Greece. Even digital downloads are available to view via the OPAC, and this makes locating relevant information for research a much easier task for students.
The iCentre have a number of books available for students researching Ancient Greece. We also highly recommend Library Webs which has numerous pathways to internet information about this civilization. Furthermore, students will be able to locate information and primary sources for this topic by investigating Ancient and Medieval History Online. Both Library Webs and Ancient and Medieval History Online can be accessed under the iResearch button on the iCentre Website.
It is the first week of classes and many teachers are beginning the year by immersing students in research from the very beginning. For students starting a research topic, we recommend visiting World Book Online. Here you will find detailed introductions to topics that are perfect for background and general knowledge. Even if you are not researching, and just want to broaden your general understanding of topics, terms and ideas discussed in class, this is a great place to start.
If you would like to improve your research skills and search literacy, explore Google Live Training - an extensive range of webinars to help students become skilled web searchers using Google.
We highly recommend The Research Safari which gives a great overview of how to find quality information for assignments, a 'how to' navigate the “jungle” of information and 'how to' assess and use sources of information. A link to this resource can be found under the iResearch tab in the purple ribbon on this website.
For students needing to evaluate websites for research purposes, we recommend using the CRAAP Test that was developed by the California State University and provides a clear criteria for evaluating websites. The criteria used in this test are Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose.
The iCentre website is your research portal - the gateway to the skills, tools and information you'll need to navigate new information landscapes and digital environments. Learn how to use it - by using it! You won't be disappointed at all that it has to offer you for your research needs.
Library Webs is an online educational learning tool providing an Internet Library with thousands of carefully selected links for educational institutions. We highly recommend this tool as a support for your research assignment tasks.