#10 Search Strategies

Using the Michigan Electronic Library, I highlighted a few resources that I feel my students would find useful or interesting. Too often students type what they are looking for into Google, skim the first couple of results and call it good. As an English teacher it is difficult to break those search habits and get students to look critically at a source.

While reviewing bogus websites that are floating around out there in cyberspace, I cam across Bottom of the Fourth a website that if you look in the correct spot states that it is a “a satirical baseball blog specializing in fake news, indefensible opinions, interviews that never actually happened, and general skulduggery. Oh, and gingerbread.” However I think most people would overlook this small “disclaimer”. The site is very well created, with higher level writing and believable images. The date of the published article is from 2011, so getting to be a little out of date, however in the recent enough history not to be discluded based only on that. Many of the posts have comments on them, again leading someone to believe it is a credible source. If you read the site and the articles with a critical eye you will find spelling errors, and information that will make you question some of the facts. Overall, it is a well-done hoax site that many people could be fooled by.

When looking at a credible website it is important to look at website type; .gov, .edu, .com. This will begin to give you information about the credibility of the site. While continuing to explore the sight you should look for date published, authors, reference to other reliable sources. The Poetry Foundation is a great example of a reliable source. The site has been updated in 2017, provides contact information, has active social media feeds, includes links for RSS updates, and overall has a professional site with accurate information.

Using easybib.com or the EasyBib Google Chrome extension it is easy to create and track sources you have used in your research and writing. I created a citation for the “Tech Best Practice” website that I have been using to cite “Best Practice” for 21 Things for Teachers course work.

Parker-Moore, Jennifer, Dr, and Janice Harding. “Tech Best Practice.net.” Tech Best Practice.net.             Macomb Intermediate School District, n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.

Best Practice (CITW): Assign Homework and Provide Practice – Best Practice Recommendations for Assigning Homework: Develop homework policy. Design assignments to support learning and communicate purpose. Provide feedback on assignments.
Best Practice Recommendations for Providing Practice: Clearly identify and communicate purpose of practice. Design practice sessions that are short, focused, and distributed over time. Provide feedback on practice sessions. 

ISTE Student Standard 3: Knowledge Constructor – Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.

ISTE Teacher Standard 3: Model digital age work and learning Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society. a. Demonstrate fluency in technology systems and the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies and situations b. Collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members using digital tools and resources to support student success and innovation c. Communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats d. Model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning.