The focus of Course One : Week Two was based on the ISTE for Educators Learner standard indicator 1c – Staying current with research to improve the teaching and learning in your context.
In addition, some of the readings and resources centred on teaching research skills to our learners, which would align nicely with the Citizenship ISTE Educator standard, 3b, which centers on the critical examination of online sources, building digital literacy and media fluency.
In a connected world, research should fall on your lap…
I like RSS feeds (Feedly’s my preference), sure, but Twitter and knowing some Boolean Search basics are fundamentals in today’s age.
Just recently, I was catching up with a friend who is currently doing some Master’s research. He mentioned he was struggling to find information for his literature review. Whilst listening, I threw out my advice (EBSCO, KQED, etc.) and also tweeted this to my connections on Twitter. Within 24 hours… the skies opened up for him! My tweet put him in touch with experts locally and abroad, as well as links to some great published papers.
Developing, curating and being an active participant in professional learning networks (PLNs) pay their dividends when it comes to times like these. They are, almost always, my first port of call for any major wonderings (after I’ve done some searching as well).
Google Ninja Skills
Whenever my kiddos and I do some info report writing and/or work on our research skills, I usually run a workshop around some of Google Ninja Skills (a top 10 curation).
TRAAP / CRAAP
In addition to some Google Ninja skills belt upgrades, it’s crucial to teach kids about TRAAP (aka as CRAAP, for lack of a better acronym) testing their resources. In a world of deep fakes, fake news and more, this is a super important litmus test to teach and apply to any resource.
After watching the video linked above, here are a few resources that I use with my kiddos:
And whilst we’re talking about research, it is worth mentioning the MISO method, championed by the service-learning guru, Cathyrn Berger Kaye. We were lucky enough to bring her in as a keynote speaker in a pre-pandemic, face-to-face, professional learning conference with my current employer.
The MISO method is such a great scaffold for building action research skills.
MISO stands for media, interview, survey and observation. It gels lovely with design thinking, too! Here are some resources that I find helpful in regards to MISO:
- Stanford’s Empathy Field Guide | Some great observation and interview tips
- Interview Tips Slide Deck | Great for workshopping with kids
- 4 Corners and MISO Guide | From Cathryn Berger Kaye
- MISO Brainstorming
- Interview Tips | Doug Taylor
How about you?
- How do you curate research to push to you?
- What skills or tools do you use to make the curation of information a breeze?
- What are some skills that you teach your learners to develop their research skills and be critical consumers of information?
Some other resources related to this topic worth sharing:
- Design Thinking in the Classroom | David Lee | Some great Stanford D School connections for MISO research.
- Common Sense Education’s 5 Tips to be discerning with online resources (1 min)| Relates to TRAAP