|Adventure by Ben Harvey|
Is their writing that's done for the screen better than their writing for paper, or vice-versa? I don't know. But what I do know is that I need to prepare my students for both types of composition, at least for the immediate future. And I also know that students now need to understand how to access and assess information from a lot of different sources. For example, some of these databases and resources I use are open; others are locked behind paywalls or only accessible through library subscriptions (more on that later).
If you're interested in doing this yourself, here is some information about the resources and databases the students use as they blog and discuss their findings:
- Read some Opposing Viewpoints about a current political issue.
- Using the date range advanced search feature in Google, read recent news articles written about your topic.
- Search using the Gale database available through our school library.
- Search the EBSCO database, available to all students in our state.
- Use the Google top-level site operator, read the different types of information available through .org .edu .mil .gov .info etc.
- Interview experts with extensive knowledge of your topic.
- Search Twitter and blogs for real-time information. For this and all posts do the assessing credibility exercise