Term 3 has begun, the kids are back at school, and semester 2 has begun at uni. Armed with a skinny vanilla latte from my local coffee shop, I'm settling in to do a couple of hours of solid uni-related work.
Chapter 6 of Herring's the internet and information skills concerns itself with the practicalities of using information skills models, such as his PLUS model in the classroom. He recommends the use of checklists, concepts maps and other scaffolds to focus students' attention on working systematically to meet learning goals.
Gladstone Secondary School, Canada, provides students with a checklist for research projects.
Kinnick High School, Japan, gives students search strategy advice.
Redwood High School, California, USA, has student research guidelines.
Scaffolds can be produced for all aspects of the information process; planning, developing a serach focus or strategy, reviewing resources, skimming/scanning and notetaking, writing an assignment, and self-evaluation.
As always, any and all comments are appreciated.