This week we worked on research to guide us in our completion of our growth plan. My planned project is to conduct a cultural research project with my third graders culminating with a power point presentation of the information they gathered to show their learning in a hands on and visual way. This week as we learned about the Big 6. It gave me a great guideline to get my students started in their own research.
The Big6 is a process model of how people of all ages solve an information problem. From practice and study, we found that successful information problem-solving encompasses six stages with two sub-stages under each:
1. Task Definition
1.1 Define the information problem
1.2 Identify information needed
2. Information Seeking Strategies
2.1 Determine all possible sources
2.2 Select the best sources
3. Location and Access
3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically)
3.2 Find information within sources
4. Use of Information
4.1 Engage (e.g., read, hear, view, touch)
4.2 Extract relevant information
5.1 Organize from multiple sources
5.2 Present the information
6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)
6.2 Judge the process (efficiency)
So far in my own project research I have gone through Steps 1-3 and will be working on Steps 4 and 5 soon. My students are at Step 3. We have identified our problem, determined our sources of information, and are now finding our information. My students are using Culturegrams and World Book online for kids. I will also aid them in a Google for Kids search next week. In my own research and use of search engines I have found Google to be the best and most reliable. I did try some others that I will bookmark for future use especially when doing a broader based project.
Finally, we were introduced to https://www.diigo.com/. It is a site which enables you to build a list of researched items and aid you in categorizing them and creating your works cited for research projects. I especially love the single button feature so I can just click on it as I research and not have to switch between windows.
I believe these are all tools that will greatly aid me as I go forward in my program.