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Research Process


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Research Journal

Journal Concept

Fair Use, citations

We would also expect that they honor copyright when employing images scanned from the press or downloaded from Web sites, teaching them that "fair use" may allow such use by students within classrooms for reports but would not be permitted if they were adults in the workplace and is not permitted on school Web sites.
Funny Fair Use video using clips from Disney movies (Stanford University) (how to cite images, etc.)

To cite an image (graphic, picture, map, photo), you can use the following format from Classroom Connect:

Description or title of image. [Online image] Available http://address/filename, Date.

Example of a final citation (color-coded):
Two beluga whales. [Online image] Available, January 5, 2000.

In black:
Two beluga whales. [Online image] Available, January 5, 2000.

Author. Title. [Online] Available http://address/filename, Date.

Example of a finished citation (color-coded):
Savage, Anne. How to Cite a Web Resource. [Online] Available, January 5, 2000.

Of course, you'll type it in black, like this:
Savage, Anne. How to Cite a Web Resource. [Online] Available, January 5, 2000.

Here's another one which cites the resource used in creating this page:
Classroom Connect. Citing Internet Resources. [Online] Available, October 3, 1999.

Capstone Note (Sample

Essential Question

Focus Question


Notefact- When taking notes make
sure to paraphrase (do not copy and paste)
Inspiration Map

Present a model for what a capstone project will look like:


Step 2:
· Discuss the content of the project. Talk about learning in terms of what students will know understand and be able to do.
· Brainstorm ideas, and explore the components of understanding
· Ask Media specialists to bring rubrics…etc.
Step 3:
· I-Search Process:
· Catagorize data, (wiki tools)
· Select their category (that they are passionate about)
· students will develop their questions
· Multiple Perspectives: How to you Assess?
Step 4:
· Converging around the big question: kids come back to the table with expository information and then move toward convergence.
· Consensus Skills: Collaboratively kids have to come up with a “call to action”
Step 5:
· What tool/format can students share out beyond the four walls of the classroom?
· Examples:
o Collaborate with groups in Chile; can share findings with them (Skype)?
o Publish electronically
o Blog
o YouTube Public Service Announcement

Exploring Topics

Essential Question:

Possible Topics:

Two Focus Questions:

Did you find information on your focus questions?

Where did you find information?

What tip could you give to someone else regarding the search process?

Name one challenge you encountered.

Capstone Websites

Capstone Notes from October

Process #1
Process #2
Process #3
Evidence 1
Evidence 2
Evidence 3


workshop model

once a week
collaborate with students around topic
develop a research question
persuasive paper
active citizen about their stance based on research: communicate to larger audience

Key things you want kids to do
What are the big ideas?
Revisit pacing guide/revisit whole calendar (required: edp’s/career based education)

(Bill and Deb: Curriculum Specialists)
Think about a hobby skill of interest to you
Jot down all the things you have done to get you better at that...
What helped you learn the most about that interest area
What you wrote, what you shared, and now reflect on what you have learned as a learner...that it is meaningful to use the medical philosophy...(see one,do one, teach one) or learn it, do it, teach it...
I learn by doing, have to write down steps, practice it...teach it...explore, take risks!
Shout Out:
Need to be critical of self (watch vide of golf swing)
Need time
dig into primaruy sources for accuracy
Learn alone then share
Get feedback
When share...learning continues because people ask questions...then follow up
Gymnast/Coach...learned more that couldn’t do before...teaching others make connections didn’t make before...people learned in diff ways...diff times...diff people...not one way to teach everybody
Teacher others helps to learn how people learn...results in learning for the teacher...
I like when my questions lead to other questions...have more than one answer...options...diverge over converge...likes to generate questions
Open to new
Steal ideas and modify it better...adapt...confer with other people...always trying to better myself...
Constant Revision, dig deeper


Sharing ideas with people (sitting side by side and figuring things out together)
Apple Store-one to one lessons
practice, practice, practice
Podcasts, Tutorials, How-to-video clips
Teaching others exposes me to new learnings as we navigate new territories based on other people’s needs
Reading Books, Articles, Blogs, Twitter
Exploring other people’s wikis

WHY (is Capstone Project so important?) This drives the work...
“Thinking about your own processes of learning...what do you think would be important for kids to get out of this project”:
--be curious...I wonder why this is...
--apply what they have learned to what is really going on out in the real world.
--take whatever they are passionate about to the next does
it connect to what you want students to get out of this?
--take a risk, see purpose...accomplish something worthwhile, share-internalize creative in what problems and issues are...and innovative in what the
solutions are...(internal)
--Keep creating new questions...over time
--Make something meaningful to them
--Value a process over product
--Trial and Error, learn from mistakes, freedom
--Present in multiple ways...peer questioning...ask questions to get different
--How do we help students reflect on their learning...
critical thinking tied to the accurate are the articles? Evaluate resources
--Apply to real world: citizenship global/stewardship
--Tolerance and Respect for diversithy
--Multiple perspectives, empathy
--Set Goals:overarching questions

Projects already started this year:
(Warnica)--students brought in articles...from U.S. World...current events...looking at articles...catagorize articles in Capstone broader catagories...which topic would it fit come?
(Greg Durham) Invasive Species, set up parameters: They could have any invasive species they want...except Asian Carp...make an inspiration of all their ideas...then documentary on photostory and come up with a solution to help species survive. Allowed 6 slides...each slide...sources for pictures and information...gave them some ideas where to go but could go outside the box...Posted on the wiki.
Interesting which topics reoccurring, interests are, what will be easy or difficult for them to research...enter on wiki so kids can see what other kids have found...bring it in and tell me what it is project, students choose vehicle to showcase learning...find something on the tools for school and try ti out...reflect how did you like using this vehicle...was it easy to use...would you use it does it help you organize effective is this too for audience...(two class periods)
Greg: Asian go to DNR and tell them what to do...
Nancy: Am I tied to those topics or not...
Sue: passion will provide the sustainability
Bill: ask Broad essential questions...topics are not...

How? Phase 1
--Collect and share articles (read and tell others what it is about)Divergent thinking
--Topics and Categorize
(formulate assessments /observations inform lesson)
--scaffold skills they need for bigger to save in mulitple formats, where to
save, etc.
--Summarize for others
--(Most concrete: natural disasters)
--Case Study (e.g. invasive species)
photostory on wiki
id sources
Find new topic and new formats
evaluate formats/tools/thinking
Develop Essential Questions (Not topics) Developed together with students
Examples of essential questions...what is an essential questions and what is not?
What are big questions? Lifelong one answer?
Essential Question can guide an entire course
More general - multiple perspectives
Capstone: think globally ...vague questions...particulars are the focus questions...
What it is, isn’t? Big 6
As you converge...i-search model...
Book design...essential model...
Essential Questions in beginning of every chapter...put up more for models...

How: Phase 2 (Possibly November)

Collaborate and converge on a Essential Question and then...
Develop Focus Questions (can change over time)
How to collaborate - create community
--Make connections across clasrooms/schools/ and beyond!

Explore different venues they can use for collaboration and choose one...give them experience...which tool is used for my purpose...(Big 6)
tagging, collecting and sharing

How? Phase 3

Revisit Essential Question, Focus Questions...Revise
Introductory Research: Sue Lay...must be sure that their are resources for their topic
--Advanced searches
--Multiple Answers
--Developmentally Appropriate...readability

Positions and Stances of Topic...Active Citizenship

What kind of evidence that would provide feedback for students...
What a tools I can use to be more reflective: research, multiple perspectives, collaboration, developing empathy...

Backwards design before we present to kids..and evidence for that (kids can take notes on the laptop

Assessment: Use Big 6


(Collect and share information, research, topics, ideas)
--Document in some way resources using
--Formative the kids show evidence of ongoing self-evaluation
--Develop/Identify an Essential Question

Multiple Perspectives


listening and sharing ideas

Accuracy/Cite Sources

Effective Delivery/Audience:

  • Determine audience/Use effective tool to reach them
    • Could be single audience but encompassing different regions in different part of the world.

  • Personal Reflection...did you get a response from audience?

Paper which encompasses research

Have group A present-
Choose Kids
Infotrac Junior (Gale products...Gale virtual Books...used in high schools)
Divided by magazines, news, multimedia (clips and speeches)
Can change the order so most current thing on top. Full text
Tool box for cite, can listen to it, can change language as well
Can email article to themselves.
Can get related topics

sorts things by high easy, challenging, pictures, other possible subject headings
sorts by websites, newspapers, magazines, pix, etc.
sort by subject heading because more narrow search
schools have direct portal
Home: username and password


  • Collaboration
    • Consensus
    • Open-Mindedness
    • Team Building

  • Research
    • Organization
    • Articles (how many? on what? valid?)

Blue Book: look through and make connections to add to the why? (page 4-6)

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