Gathering Information – A Dimension of Technology-Supported Learning Projects:
Identifying a topic and gathering information for it is an important dimension of project-based learning. Below are some ways students may be tasked and guided to accomplish this, including and going beyond the use of search engines.
In class activity – In a group identify a type of information gathering on which you’ll base a learning activity for students:
Develop a task that requires information – describe how you would present the activity to youngsters – what sort of process records and final product would they produce? Which resources would you suggest they use in order to participate? (the links below are examples and suggestions... feel free to locate and include your own).
Write this up briefly – List the members of your group - Have someone in the group email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Search Engines for Youngsters
Outermost Harbor – Massachusetts.
Big Ben London – Refreshes every 5 seconds…
Venice Beach http://www.westland.net/beachcam/
National Zoo http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/WebCams/
Sources of Web Cams
- Currency Converter - http://www.ucamusic.com/content/currency_converter/
- Cheat Sheet http://www.oanda.com/convert/cheatsheet
- How much would it cost? - http://www.projects.ex.ac.uk/RDavies/arian/current/howmuch.html
Data projects for students
Stevens Institute – Live Data
- Survey Monkey http://www.surveymonkey.com/
- Zoomerang http://www.zoomerang.com/
Other Approaches to Gathering Information
And for further discussion down the road The NYC DOE Performance Standards and Student Work Samples...