Navigating the Digital Landscape: 21st Century Research Skills

The new Research Strand of the ELAR TEKS requires that students be able to gather information from electronic sources, use advanced search strategies, and distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources. But in the Age of the Internet, it is easy to find ourselves adrift in the sea of information, drowning in the digital ocean that engulfs us. In this session, we will get our feet on solid ground again by exploring effective search tools and strategies, examining the how social bookmarking can be used to tag, save, highlight, annotate, share, and organize online resources, and investigating the critical characteristics to consider when evaluating websites.

Note: I've shared a number of different workshop under this same title -- at the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Conference, at the San Antonio Writing Project Conference, at the San Antonio Council of Teachers of English, and at the Region III Educational Service Center -- some sessions have been just one hour, others have been a whole day. So after added and adjusted the materials for each version of the workshop, I've now organized them into three subpages:

Why Information Literacy is So Critical

Getting Good with Google

Evaluating, Saving, and Sharing Resources