Project 3: Developing Research Skills on the Internet

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Project Overview
Curriculum Connections/
Learning Outcomes

Resource Connections
Evaluation

  General Information

Lead Teachers:Wayne Pardy

Randy Pond

Irene Sheppard

Grade Level:Level III
Number of Students:58
Project Start and Finish Dates:Immediatly upon approval - June 1997

  Project Overview

Level II students who are presently doing Language 2101 will, upon approval of this project, learn how to use the Internet to research material for their course. The selection of accurate and current information from many sources to provide material for three major research papers is a primary goal of the language 2101 course. Because of cutbacks in education, it has become much more difficult to keep current and up-to-date resources available for Language 2101 students, who need material on a broad range of subjects. Knowledge of how to use the Internet would make a variety of sources available to students.

For the current school year, computer room time has been allotted for the keying of the language 2101 student's research pappers; with approval of this project students will be able to use allotted time to search for sources from shich to build their research papers.

In addition to searching for material related to their projects, they will also receive reinforcement of basic research skills as they apply to the Internet.

  Curriculum Connections/Learning Outcomes

Language 2101:

  1. Students will be able to explore any subject of their choice - social, literary, scientific, geographical, medical, etc. - for the current information needed to write a research paper.
  2. Students will be able to search on the various educational websites for samples of research papers. These can be used by students to improve their own research writing.
  3. Students will learn to use E-mail to contact people who can provide information for research papers.

Research Skills Across the Cirriculm:

Students will have opportunities to learn and practise research skills in the new communications technology. Such skills include skimming material, distinguishing between fact and opion, distinguishing between relevant and non-relevant material, determining the validity of a source.

Technology Education:

  1. Students will develop a degree of proficiency in the use of the Internet and E-mail.
  2. Students will learn strategies to employ communications technology in building new knowledge from existing knowledge.
  3. Students will learn a vocabulary of terminology and language related to selected communications technologies.
  4. Students will demonstrate knowledge of the basic communications principles of encoding/ decoding/ transmitting/ receiving/ storing/ retrieving.

Resource Centre:

The information downloaded by students from the Internet can be used to supplement the school's Resource Centre vertical files. This will make current information available to those students who do not have access to the Internet.

  Resource Connections

The Stellar Schools Internet Connection will enable our students to develop skill in using the new communications technology as a research tool. We have only one Internet connection in our school; it is not accessible to students. Because the majority of our Level II students do Language 2101, they will be able, upon approval of this project, to receive training in the new communications technology.

OTHER RESOURCES:

  Books, videos, vertical files, audiotapes in the Lewisporte Integrated High School
    Resource Centre.

  Books, videos, vertical files, audiotapes in the Lewisporte Public Library.

  Interview sources in the community.

  Evaluation

  1. Students will access the Internet correctly, and demonstrate the learning outcomes outlines above.
  2. Teachers of the Language 2101 course will consider the number and validity of the Internet sources in their evaluation of the research papers submitted to them by their students.

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