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.
Evaluating information sources has become a very important 21st century skill in a digital environment where information is often unmediated. How do we know whether the information in Wikipedia articles is authoritative or not? This term, you'll learn how to find where a wikipedia article sits on the quality scale so you can make informed decisions about the information to use for your research.
This term, all Year 8 Retech classes are participating in a unit of work entitled Let's Research. To cope with the quantity of information now available in an online format, students need to know where to search and find reliable, good quality information as quickly as possible. We recommend starting research with a reliable encyclopedia like World Book Online.
One of the most important information literacy skills is the ability to make sense of all the information you have gathered with good notes. Making notes, whether in your paper or digital notebook, reduces the risk of plagiarism, helps identify where your ideas have come from and how you think about them. In fact, a good set of notes is an essential aspect of successful assignment work. Follow the link to find out more about this important skill.
With assignments due as we near the end of term, remember to use EasyBib to help with your notetaking, bibliography and citations. EasyBib, which is used school-wide, is an automatic bibliography generator and makes what was an arduous task so much easier now. Access our school account for EasyBib, located under the iReference tab on the website, and follow the link to find out more about its citation and notetaking features.
Did you know that Google is not the only search engine you can use to help with your information needs? Search engines allow you to search the web according to keywords and return a list for you to browse. Each search engine has its own method of doing this. Google is the biggest and most popular, but there are many others that can help narrow your search and return more specific results. Follow the link to see which search engine you can use to best suit your information query.
We live in a world where social media is everywhere. Did you know that you can use it for your research? Of course, it still has to pass an evaluation test for accuracy and reliability like any other source you would use. Social media can help to track breaking news, discover reviews of conference proceedings, evaluate the impact of an event and gather a broad understanding of public opinion. Do you know how to cite social media in your research? Follow the link to see how.
Make sure you bookmark this great new resource from UQ Cyberschool - Free Online Resources for Secondary Schools. You'll find useful curriculum related links here to websites, databases and ebooks arranged under subject categories and curated especially for senior secondary school students. There are also useful links For Teachers located on many of the pages. And the best thing is that it is free to use. You are sure to find resources here to support your school subjects.
We've responded to your requests for easy access to referencing resources. Take a look at our new iReference Tab, where we have collected links to help with compiling bibliographies, accessing creative commons and copyright free images, and using correct citation procedures. Selecting and referencing resources correctly, ethically and legally according to copyright legislation is an essential skill for researchers in the digital age. Visit our new section and find out the facts about plaigarism, citation, attribution, bibliographies, and licences.
There are many tools students can use to help them with their research both online or on paper. A graphic organiser is powerful visual tool that helps organise and synthesize information for a research topic. Supported with a good note taking strategy, a graphic organiser like the one we recommend this week, will step the researcher though the process of parsing a thesis statement into main ideas and supporting facts. Read more...
Last week, there was a lot of controversy in the media about a government minister using Wikipedia as an information source to inform his opinion about bushfires in Australia and the link to climate change. Evaluating information sources has become a very important 21st century skill in a digital environment where information is often unmediated. How do we know whether the information in Wikipedia articles is authoritative or not? Follow the link to find out.