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Full Circle Resource Kits are used by thousands of teachers, librarians and technology coordinators to train today's students in critical 21st Century research skills.
Each Kit is packed with articles, curriculum, learning games and assessment development, library orientation, diagnosing students' needs and curriculum integration for elementary grades through college. Kit resources are free.
Winter 2018 - Investigative Searching: Feature, ActionZone, Curriculum Connections and Assessment. This is the second in a three-part series on Investigative Searching, focused on Fact Checking. How do you know if the facts are accurate? Sample searches to determine accuracy. Assess students' abilities to fact check.
Fall 2017 - Investigative Searching: Feature, ActionZone, Curriculum Connections and Assessment. This is the first in a three-part series on Investigative Searching, focused on Authorship and Authority. Can this author be trusted? Sample searches to determine authority, freshness, accuracy. Ways to assess students' abilities to evaluate authorship.
Summer 2017 - Keyword Challenges Feature, ActionZone, Curriculum Connections and Assessment. This is the new revision and expansion of our Keyword Challenges (formerly 8 Flash-based Challenges). The 19 challenges in this Kit support strategic searching by starting with what you know, how to find better keywords and how to focus results with operators.
Getting Started: Basic search strategies, types of searching, instructional guidelines for teaching information fluency
Database Choices: Where to find relevant information using search engines and databases, searching the Deep Web
Question to Query: Creating effective queries
Operators: Using Boolean operators and advanced operators to best advantage
Homing In: Scanning snippets to find better keywords, advanced search strategies and troubleshooting
Browsing: Scanning subject directories, links and tags to find relevant information
Web 2.0: Searching and evaluating information on the Read-Write Web
Evaluation / Investigative Searching: Finding and evaluating information about the author, publisher, date, objectivity, accuracy, evidence, links to and from in order to determine credibility
Ethical Use: Using proper citation techniques to avoid plagiarism and how fair use affects educators' use of information from the Internet