Module Nine: Incorporating Academic Resources for K-12

Academic Resources in High School

Introducing high school students to the vast academic resources available to them can be a daunting task for a teacher. The campus and public libraries, tutoring services, online sites, are important resources for students. Learning how to research academic databases effectively, understanding copyrights and plagiarism, and knowing how to authenticate retrieved information are important skills as they prepare their assignments. Teachers can incorporate these resources into their lessons and provide students with real-world connections and research opportunities. The high school library and librarian are valuable resources for both the teacher and the student and can be used when creating lessons and helping students locate reliable resources.
How Can I Help My Students with Academic Research on the Internet?
Due to the ease and availability of substantial resources, the Internet is one of the most convenient and effective ways to help students complete assignments involving research.  It is important that teachers know the Internet sites that are open for student research through the district's Internet filter.  Many sites may be blocked because content is inappropriate for students.  The district will often subscribe to academic databases that provide safe searching for students and can be accessed both on campus and from home.  The following link is an excellent PowerPoint tutorial to help students effectively navigate and research. Effective Internet Researching Strategies for Secondary Students.
How Can I Effectively Teach My Students About Authenticating Internet Sources and Sites?

The Internet is an open medium for anyone to write and post information. Helping students be sure that the information they found online is credible is critical to the academic resource usage process. How do you authenticate information found on the Internet?  The Media Awareness Network is an organization and website dedicated to assisting the Internet community with authenticating information and the proper use of Internet media. They developed the 5 W's of Cyberspace to help people with the authentication process.

The 5 W's of Cyberspace

  • Who is the source of the information? (The most important step is to understand who put the information online.)
  • What are you getting? (Does the information seem biased in any way?)
  • Where are you? (Deconstructing the Web address, or URL, will tell you a lot.)
  • When was the site created? (You want the most current information.)
  • Why are you there? (There may be better places to find the information; books for example.)
  • How can you tell what’s what? (Double check the information with other sources.)
The classroom is no longer an isolated space limited to the books, reference materials, and media provided by the teacher. Today it expands throughout the globe. The vast academic resources available to students greatly advance their learning opportunities.  Teachers have a large responsibility in providing academic learning activities and assignments that include these rich resources.
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