rAPPido Review: DKFindout.com

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 9.17.37 AMAt the conference I attended, I dropped by The DK (Dorling Kindersley) booth to check out what’s new (Ok, Ok. They were giving away free bags. So sue me.)

I was checking out this flyer for their website, which looked chock full of information. When I enquired as to the subscription price, they told me it was free!!!

It is a regular website, but gives you that particular DK sense of design as well as a world of information. Though it is geared towards the younger crowd, there are still a lot of crossovers into our curriculum:

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I quickly checked out the Science tab and searched for “Cell” which I know the Grade 7s study:

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If you click on the image, it will take you to the site, where you will see that the black dots give you more info when you click on them:

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As a teacher, you can also sign in with your Google account and create lesson plans within the site:

Screen Shot 2015-02-17 at 9.27.00 AMIt works great on the iPad, the design is simple and elegant, and is especially relevant to the Grade 7 and 8 curriculum. Check it out!

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Rethink How We Assess Group Research

Once again, the ladies at Langwitches serve up an extremely interesting and relevant discussion about the nature of group research work, how to get students to collaborate in a more equitable way as well as how online tools can help0 with that. As always, there are some amazing visuals. Check it out!

My brilliant colleague from Brazil, Silvana Meneghini, was wrapping her mind around group research at the high school level. In a FaceTime call she expressed her frustration of traditional assessme…

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3 Places To Get Free Full-Text Scientific Studies – Edudemic

Will definitely add these to the research tools and tips component of my Digital Citizenship Kit!

Though many of the articles will be a little too sophisticated for our audience (although I hear from a science teacher that she has a class that she can’t give enough information out to satisfy them, so maybe this will help…) I was just flitting around the first offering PLOS (Public Library of Science) and came upon a section entitled EveryOne which has excellent science articles such as this one (I love when science encourages my wine, chocolate and cheese habit, even if it has to do with yeast…)

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These days, when you’re asking your students to do research (on just about any topic), it is likely going to be online research, at least at the start. Most materials are easily available online these days, saving students the time and hassle of heading to the library to schlep home with 100 heavy books in …

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Awesome Visual Featuring 7 Tips to Effectively Search Google ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Lina Gordaneer‘s insight:

When in Rome… If students are going to google, they might as well do it well. Here is a great infographic to post in your class in order to help your students use google efefctively.

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How To Actually Use Wikipedia In The Classroom

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  via Edudemic With more than half of all US college students now using the site for background information before embarking on an essay, it’s clear that Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia tha…

Lina Gordaneer‘s insight:

Thanks Libby for sharing this!

I like the idea of getting students to look at an artilce for whatis not there and then to try and fill in the gaps. This could have some interesting uses when researching more local subjects or for Ethics when the students must research a local religious institute or charity. Can you think of any other uses?

I always tell the students that wikipedia is a great place to start your research but never to end it. I like flipping this on its head by getting them to edit it (with much supervision!) themselves!

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