Answering questions, seeking information and the process of research has changed dramatically. The challenge of finding resources has taken on a whole different meaning. In the past, students had to use tools to find the best 2 or 3 sources on their topic from a library. Now finding resources means sorting through the millions of possible results (both online and offline) to find 2 or 3 sources that are credible, reliable and useful.
How do we help children make sense of it all? How do we build information literacy?
Information Literacy - the ability to recognize when
information is needed and being able to locate,
evaluate and effectively use the needed information.
The Big 6 and the Super 3
The Big 6 is a six step inquiry based framework for building “information literacy” through research. Super 3 is the same process, but designed for students in Lower Elementary School.
Kentucky Virtual Library How to Research Guide for Kids
Design your own search engine: Google Safe Search
Safe Search Kids
Sweet Search 4 me
Use this site to teach keywords and Boolean search tools: Boolify