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Topic 3: Effective Search Strategies.

Posted by arlekeno on July 30, 2010

Herring, JE 2004. Chapter 2. The Internet.

Looking at the checking of eamils daily. My school has 3 different systems for information includin 2 email systems. GAH!

ask scott website looks good, I need to do more work on using more than jsut google. Useful not just for this article but for its links to other web search help hints. e.g

Search activity table

Search engine Keywords Hits How useful? Comments


Causes and effects of drought. 13,900,00 Useful, got the info I needed. 1st was Wikipediea, a lot of govt sites as well.


Causes and effects of drought. 0 Not really, like I said, stuffed today. Obviously stuffing up today.


Causes and effects of drought. 14,500,00 Very useful as it seemed to get more Australian content and at a simpler level A lot of Australian sites and seemed set at a more high school level. Less technical than alltheweb.
lycos Causes and effects of drought.   Fairly useful. Best feature is that it shoes images of the webpage which help you judge the usefulness of the site more quickly. Somewhere in between Yahoo and Altheweb, used some sites from both.

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Topic 2: Print and electronic information resources

Posted by arlekeno on July 14, 2010

What are reference books?

The REALLY important ones that are in high demand so we don’t let people borrow them, only refer to them.

And yes, I can see why you say the concept of borrowing is now redundant, but am not sure about the concept of reference works.

I think a reference work as a concept still works, Just because the information is now on the internet does not mean the knowledge there is not comparable to the knowledge found in the Brittanica. It is just not in a certain loan category, but it is still a reference.We may even go so far as to group certain websites in an online reference area 😛 or KEY SOURCES if you like.

WOW-Even Wikipedia says it is not as good as peer reviewed or expert journals.

I think Wiki is a good start point or for general knowledge, but I would not rely on it 100% It does have a fair review process, and I am wary of the articles which have been tagged as needing citation or on controversial topics, e.g. Turkish treatment of non-turk peoples.

I would however check a lot of info in students papers against wiki for plagarism.

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Topic 1: The learning and teaching context of information resource provision

Posted by arlekeno on July 14, 2010

The Learning Context.

All teachers teach differently and all students learn differently. Always good to include Bloom’s Taxonomy as well.

One way of linking resource provision to learning is to examine the cognitive objectives in Bloom?s Taxonomy :

  • Knowledge – remembering or recognising something previously encountered without necessarily understanding, using, or changing it.
  • Analysis – breaking something down into parts.
  • Synthesis – creating something new by combining different ideas.
  • Evaluation – judging the value of materials or methods as they might be applied in a particular situation.
  • Comprehension – understanding the material being communicated without necessarily relating it to anything else. Application – using general concept to solve a particular problem.

    A useful Blooms website. Wish I could Print this off and put it on my library study area wall.

    Objective Question Resources
    Knowledge what is an ecosystem? Dictionary – print or online or basic textbook
    Knowledge Define an ecosystem and list the varieties that are found in South Australia. Encyclopedia-Print or online or text book.
    Comprehension List the different parts of the ecosystem and explain what they do. as above, possibly primary
    Comprehension Compare a marine ecosystem with one from another area of our state. two text books, High school level
    Application Using a diagram, show how the water cycle operates in an ecosystem. Encyclopedia – high primary – secondary
    Application Demonstrate what happens when humans interfere with the water cycle. Secondary
    Analysis Contrast the natural water cycle with that used by our community. Survey of local use, local council information, texts and websites on natural cycle.
    Analysis Examine an ecosystem that has been damaged by human interference. Avoided how? Case studies.
    Synthesis Identify an unspoilt ecosystem and design a way of preserving it. Conservation websites, world heritage council,
    Synthesis How would preserving our local ecosystems enhance our environment? Texts on ecosystems
    Evaluation Is it reasonable that people pollute our waterways? Defend your answer. Information on agricultural and industry and ecosystems in general. Arguments on use of resources.
    Evaluation Assess the impact of pollution in our local waterways. Local informations.

    Wow, that was harder than I expected.

    The Teaching Context.

    If anybody asks

    Teachers can benefit from information provision from the TL in a number of ways as the provision of timely, relevant and curriculum-related information can help teachers to:

    • Add to their own subject knowledge
    • Find new ideas, concepts and information to help them plan their lessons
    • Find information which students can use to help them learn in the classroom, library or elsewhere
    • Identify relevant teaching resources which they can adapt for their own circumstances

    A new and inexperienced geography teacher has arrived in your school and has been given the task of teaching a year 7 class on rainforests as part of the Global Environments Focus Area. List 3 key types of information this teacher might need and suggest a source of information – this does not need to be exact such as a URL but more general such as ‘an article on’ or ‘a website about’. We’ll discuss this on the Learning and Teaching sub-forum.

    The Geography staff has some good textbooks so I would start there.

    Then possibly a clickview video on the rainforests.

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    ETL 501 Information Environment.

    Posted by arlekeno on July 8, 2010

    Almost time to start a new semester. I have been waiting for the modules of work to be posted for a month now so I can start. Now after a month I am a bit over it and not ready to study. Stoopidhead uni.

    Anyway, passed ETL 503. So am ready to keep going.Hopefully I can get away with just doing a cert instead of a Masters but we will see.

    The information environment also looks like a very useful subject but the assignments look like a LOT of work. Wish me luck.

    Update. About to start part one, now that I am not in the mood .

    Part 1: Identifying, evaluating and organising information sources

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