Posts Tagged collaboration

Ready for College Research?

Today, three fantastic librarians from the University of Kansas Libraries visited to speak with some of our college bound students about what they can expect in college in terms of workload and  research skills, and how the library system can help them with these things.

They did a great job giving students a wake-up call in terms of the independence and necessity for self motivation that all high-school-students-transitioning-to-undergraduates face, and kept it general enough that it was applicable for students looking at any college (not just KU). They were honest, funny, and genuinely reached out to our students, showing them that librarians and libraries are there to make life easier and more interesting!

It was also good for the students to hear from someone other than me that these skills are needed (among others mentioned):

– Developing specific keywords for database searching

– Google vs. databases (pluses and minuses of each)

– Identifying information sources

– Ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of sources

– Using sources ethically

A few pictures from the event:

Many thanks to Tami, Jill, and Bayliss!

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Better Powerpoint and Better Research

This week I worked with a couple of Piper teachers and their students on two topics: evaluating online sources/citation (Zoology) and creating better Powerpoint slides (Oral Communications). Thanks go to Mr. Reed and Mrs. Deneault for sharing their students and class time with me! In case any other teachers might want to incorporate these ‘media literacy’ lessons into their plans, I’ve posted them here for perusal. Shoot me an email if you would like me to work with your students on these topics or any other!

First: Evaluating Online Sources and Citation, originally for Zoology. Obviously, you are missing my auditory track and teaching with this slideshow, but you get the idea:

Second: Better Powerpoint Slides, originally for Oral Communications:
(Lesson plan below the slideshow)

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