Yr 4 has been using SYMBALOO to easily share their resources with the students. This is another example of a bookmarking tool.
GENERAL SEARCH ENGINES
An awareness that Google is not the only search engine is important. Each search engine has a different purpose (such as wikipedia). Later in this post are some examples of search engines for younger children.
WIKIPEDIA and its usefulness
Wikipedia can a starting place to get an general understanding of a new topic or concept. It is now improved in its quality control (as content needs to be substantiated) and often can be the most current source of information on a topic. Weblinks and references to supporting information can assist students to explore more deeply about a topic. It is a springboard tool in my opinion.
Like all sources ACCURACY of content needs to be assessed and this is a skill that students need to develop.
Some teachers are still concerned about using wikipedia, but it should be viewed and assessed like any information source for:
One way to do this is using RADCAB – an acronym for Relevancy, Detail, Currency and Bias. This is an excellent online tutorial for students designed to teach them about these key aspects.
“A content curation tool, in simple English, lets you easily pull videos, images, presentations, tweets, blog posts and other web content into a collection which you can then embed, publish or share online. I have been testing a few online curation tools and here’s a quick review of them all to help you pick the right one for your needs.” Blog post by Amit Agarwal (Digital Inspiration)
Joyce Valenza also discusses the place of curation tools in researching.She called curation “the new search tool“.
This concept seems like a great way to share easily from many places.
I use a variety of tools but this seems like the way to go. Anything that makes researching and collaboration simpler is a good idea.