20 Jul 2012

"How To Do Research" for kids

The Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) developed this superbly designed Research Portal for primary school kids. An interactive graphic gently introduces children to the idea of doing research in a playful and very engaging way. Via the analogy of space travel, you board a research rocket in search of new knowledge: Who was the first dog to go into outer space?

The tutorial covers all the basic bits that big kids will need later on when studying at higher level within the context of an academic library. It includes the following elements and related subsets:

Define Subject ; Brain Storm ; What Do You Already Know ; Similar Ideas ; Key Words And Phrases ; Quest Strategy

...Gather Tools...
What goes into your backpack?

Step 2. Search For Information
Library Catalogue ; Databases ; Encyclopedia ; Reference Magazines ; How To Use The Dictionary

...Search The Web...

Step 3. Take Notes
KWL Method ; Photo Copies ; Note Cards ; Venn Diagram ; Bibliography ; Cluster Method ; Data Sheets ; Fact Finder

Step 4. Use The Information
KWL Method ; Photo Copies ; Note Cards ; Venn Diagram ; Bibliography ; Cluster Method ; Data Sheets ; Fact Finder

Step 5. Share Your Information
Write (report, story, letter, feature article, email, poem, brochure, portfolio) ; Create (video, drawing model, game, song, website, powerpoint presentation) ; Do (give a speech, oral report, talk to people, talk on the phone)

Step 6. Evaluate
Ask yourself question such as How did you do?, Did you follow the plan?, Did you answer the main question?, Did you record your information? etc.

Included is also a list of useful words.

Finally, the Research Frontier reaches out to external resources such as Thesaurus and online databases.

One way or another, this is one great tool every school library ought to include in its arsenal.

1 comment:

  1. Great to see, and a reminder that information skills training should be something which is an integrated part of both primary and secondary education. Leaving it until third level is simply too late.

    There are some great developments and projects being undertaken in Irish schools at the moment though, particularly in terms of using technology to enhance social and informal learning, independent learning and critical thinking skills (the #edchatie twitter chats are an interesting place to start!)