Due to the increase of technology devices in the classroom, many teachers are spending time researching how to transform their lessons to be interactive with the devices. What is not happening as much in curriculum is intently using the technology to teach research and information fluency skills so that students can see the connections of the interactive elements, and even create their own. Even if there is not a 1:1 ratio of students to device in the classroom, we can allow the students to collaborate and analyze the skills they do have and strengthen the ones that are not exercised as they should.

Whether you or your district prefers chrome book, iPad, or B.Y.O.D. (bring your own device), you can implement a few of these activities throughout your lesson to make sure you students are implementing best practices, strategies, and skills when it comes to research and information fluency.

  • Internet Scavenger Hunt (as it relates to the topic in your classroom)
  • Four Corners - Discussing Credibility of Sources (sources should be handpicked by teacher as to show a variety of different sources ranging in credibility and where they were found)
  • Blind Sequencing - Provide students with right and wrong ways to research or dissect information, allow them to order the steps they feel are correct and eliminate steps that are wrong in groups. Allow groups to present to class and spark discussion.
  • Compare and Contrast - Take sources and compare and contrast them as a class, group, pairs, and finally as individual practice.

Please Complete Using Collaborative Technologies on Page 8 in Handbook

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