When students begin the research process at GCHS we want certain parts of the journey to become innate. Almost every assignment lends itself to a database search, or eBook search to gain background information. Within the past five years we have quadrupled our allocations to digital resources, including databases & eBooks. Much of our reference and nonfiction collection now exists in a digital format.
Before students even step foot in the library, the library is "flipped" via the use of "Jing" to record database tutorials that students are able to view from home, before their class begins the research process.
Armed with basic background information, students are then directed to Sweet Search, a student friendly search engine with access to inclusive web guides.
For assignments that deal with current "in the news" topics, Newsela is a Lexile-leveled resource that gives students access to primary documents, supporting the CCSS. This is great for Current Events projects and ties in well to our S.S. summer reading assignments.
What began for me as an alternative to iGoogle has morphed into an interactive way to disseminate information and interact with students. The curation tool Symbaloo allows students and teachers to add quality resources to a "webmix" that can be accessed and sharedfrom anywhere.
is another curation tool that can be used to share relevant news and topics with students and staff. The visual appeal of Scoop.it
makes it great for sharing updates with staff.
Discussion about static lab versus the use of chrome books.