Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:
  1. plan strategies to guide inquiry.
  2. locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
  3. evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
  4. process data and report results (Borrowed from ISTE website)

Concept 1: Planning
Plan strategies to guide inquiry using technology
(Grade 6-8)
PO 1. Predict and use key words (most effective key words) and phrases that narrow or broaden information searches.

Overview: Search Wizard This wizard uses actual student searches to teach students what is and is not effective when conducting searches.

Overview: Practice Search Challenges: A variety of search challenges (different topics and difficulties) where students can compete against time to find answers to the challenges.

PO 2. Predict which information sources will provide the desired data.

Overview: Site provides a lesson, powerpoint and worksheets for students to explore different search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN, Brainboost, Kartoo, etc.)

Concept 2: Processing: Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
(Grades 6-8)

PO 1. Locate and synthesize information utilizing advanced search strategies.

Overview: This scaffolds students with the process of doing a search. Students type in words and phrases under various categories. A Google search is created.
Wizard Tool Search

PO 2. Use authoritative primary and/or secondary sources.

Overview: There are many online databases available to Arizona residents. All you need to do is enter an Arizona zip code. These range from Ebsco Host's Primary search to the Eric database. Note: In the future, this should be accessible without a password. For now, contact your librarian for a password.
Ebsco Database

PO 3. Evaluate between fact and opinion, bias, inaccurate and misleading information by consulting multiple sources.

Overview: Curriculum article about evaluating online information for teachers.

Overview: Teaching Fact vs. Opinion in multiple grade and subjects

PO 4. Synthesize research information to create new understanding.
Now that you have gathered all this information, how does that now change your understanding of the concept?

PO 5. Apply ethical use of information and media by respecting copyrights, intellectual property rights, using information and media responsibly, and citing resources appropriately.

Overview: Students explore a range of resources on fair use and copyright then design their own audio public service announcements (PSAs), to be broadcast over the school’s public address system

Overview: Copyright usage for the classroom with multiple examples and activities.

Overview: Using Videotape in the Classroom Without Violating Copyright Law

Overview: The lesson includes three parts, each framed by a KWL chart. In the first part, focusing on plagiarism, students discuss plagiarism and look at examples to determine whether the passages are plagiarized. Part two introduces copyright and fair use. Students use a Think-Pair-Share strategy to explore questions about fair use, then read several scenarios and determine if the uses described are fair use. In the third part, students develop paraphrasing skills through direct practice with paraphrasing text book passages using an online notetaking tool.