9:15-9:30 - Welcomes and Introduction

9:30-10:00 - Our Digital Profiles

10:00-12:00 -
I. Data Organization and Management
II. Search and Find Strategies
III. New Literacies, New Roles

12:00-1:00 - LUNCH

1:00-3:00 - GROUP WORK

Be Infosumers: Explore and Evaluate the Tool
Be Question-Askers: Tool and Topic Selection
Be Synthesizers: Try the tool with your topic- what did your discover
Be Translators: Share your Discoveries
Be Contributors: Share on the Wiki

Group A: Google Advanced Search
Group B: Google Wonder Wheel
Group C: Social Bookmarks-Diigo
Group D: Semantic Search - YoLink


3:00-3:30 - SHARING

Related Readings:

Discussion Questions for LITERACY NOW!

What do our students today need?

  1. Literacy as we know it is not enough. There is a new grammar and a new
    literacy that students must understand and develop.
  2. Students need to have access to learning on their terms.
  3. We should be putting more responsibility on our students.
  4. Students should be given more ownership of their own learning.
  5. Students need opportunities to do real work with real purpose for real people.

Fact or Fiction

Finding Information

Typical web-based information gathering:
  • Get on Google
  • Type in a word or two
  • Scan the first page or two of results
  • Find what's needed or try again

The problems with this method
  • The best results aren't always at the top - Search Engine Design
  • Poorly stated assignments - Write a paper on the octopus.
    Why was the Berlin Wall built?
  • No search strategy or knowledge of techniques - Not thinking about
    better search queries. AltaVista, Google's Advanced Search
  • Might not be using the best tool for the job.

Other tools available

When these problems are addressed, research becomes more focused
and productive.

But Google's not a BAD choice. How can it be used?

Researching Octopus


Something particular about the Statue of Liberty

Let's look at some other particular searches.

Find census data from 2000
Find information about Haiku coming from Japan
Narrow a search about Mars to k12 resources written by NASA
Cancer research from universities in New Zealand
Information on turtles from schools in the U.S.

Validating Information

R = Read the URL
E = Examine the content
A = Ask about the author and owner
L = Look at the links

Let's start here:
Dihydrogen Monoxide

Utilizing the REAL strategy

Fostering Student Responsibility

The six jobs described below outline concrete ways that your students can make
valuable contributions to their learning community. While these jobs can be
successfully implemented individually, it is bringing them together in harmony where,
I believe, you might find the most success in developing a powerful global learning

Tutorial Designers

Eric Marcos - Dividing with Fractions -
Screenr -
Jing -
Atomic Learning -

Official Scribes

Darren Kuropatwa - Scribe of the Day
Etherpad is gone, but now - TitanPad , PrimaryPad , iEtherPad
Google Docs -


Google -
Google News -
Building Legacy with Wikipedia

Tool Developers

Diigo -
Google Reader -
Custom Search Engine Creator -

Collaboration Coordinators

Peyton - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle -
Arapahoe High School -
Skype -
Skype for Educators -
Skype in Schools -
Skype an Author -
Twitter4Teachers -

Scientists on Twitter? Chefs? Historians? Economists? - WeFollow - or JustTweetIt -

Curriculum Reviewers

YouTube -
Science Fairs???
Room 208 Podcast -
iTunes -

World Relations

Kiva -
Student Kiva Group -
Our Kiva Page -
Peace One Day -


Article - Students as Contributors: The Digital Learning Farm