Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Building Website Evaluation Skills for Science Research - Section 5: The Classroom Flow: Sharing Out, Wrapping it Up


There were so many things that my students and I loved about this lesson.  Students gained relevant information that was valuable to them in many aspects of their lives.  The structure of the lesson gave small amounts of information followed by practice and review.  The opportunity to collaborate and the competitive nature of scoring in conjunction with an interesting topic to read about and a limited time frame before the group share out kept student attention and focus high throughout the lesson. Working in the library allowed students to communicate in depth with our library staff, an important and often underused learning support team here at school.

Now that I have completed the lesson, observed the students, graded their written work, and received feedback from the students about their learning and remaining questions, For next year's iteration,  I would like to include a second day in the lesson series to investigate databases:  what they are, their purpose, how to use them, examples of different types of databases, and demonstrations of different types of searches.  Even for me as an adult graduate student, using databases can be frustrating.  And even though I know there are many more relevant sources available to me in the databases, I don't know the specific tips and tricks you need in order to successfully search for them.  In many ways, this lesson would be as much for the teacher as it would be the student because we cannot expect from students what we don't understand ourselves.  Eventually I would like to shift all of our research project requirements to include sources from databases over other online, non-curated platforms.  But in order to do that, I will need to come up with a lesson that addresses the needs of my students for significant support and instruction on the use and benefits of databases throughout their educational careers. I envision deepening my collaborations with the librarian and library staff to create a more knowledgeable and resourceful student population ready to move into the higher expectations world of upperclassmen life.  No matter what topic they students, students will need to high levels of digital and media literacy and I am excited to dig deeper into the ways that I can support them as they develop those skills.

  Extensions for Next Year
  Adjustments to Practice: Extensions for Next Year
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Building Website Evaluation Skills for Science Research

Unit 4: Unit 4: Molecules of Life: Organic Chemistry
Lesson 10 of 15

Objective: SWBAT apply the five W process for web resource evaluation: who, what, when, where, why.

Big Idea: Get your students thinking about bias and accuracy to build their analytical skills in this engaging group lesson on website evaluation.

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Science, Research Strategies, Digital Media, Organic and Biochemistry, Life Science/Biology, website evaluation, critical thinking skills, Digital Literacy, molecule
  50 minutes
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