Jon Orech

Instructional Technology Coordinator

Downers Grove South High School

Jon's Blog

Research was, is and always will be:

  • Questioning
  • Reading
  • Evaluating
  • Cross referencing
  • Documenting
  • Synthesizing
  • Creating new meaning

BUT: Are the tools the same? Is the method?

A "must read" by Michael Wesch

"Knowledgeable vs Knowledge-Able"

  • "Social Revolution"
  • "Networked information" vs "Paper information" (Weinberger and Shirky)
  • "Explore authority" vs "Trust authority"
  • Participation vs Consumption
  • "Crisis of Significance"

NCTE on "21st Century Literacies"

*Use an Inquiry model

Teach a multi-prong approach:

  • Subscription data bases link
  • The web
  • Deep web

Evaluating sources

  • Authority
  • Bias
  • Relevance

Tag clouds for keywords: Wordle, tagcrowd

Using Google Like a pro

How "gen netters" find information: (Paufrey and Gasser, Born Digital)

  • Grazing
  • Deep Dive
  • Feedback loop (Blogs allow this)

Blogs as sources of research:

Caution: Start with an "authority," go to blog: not vice versa.

Social Bookmarking Delicious Diigo

Skill focus: Tagging

  • Collecting sources
  • Searching
  • Collaborative research
  • Custom search engine
  • Annotated bibliography
  • Notetaking (Diigo)

RSS feeds (Great for current, long-term research) Google Reader

*Google "Options"

"Invisible" or "Deep" Web searching (What is it?)

Tips for searching the deep web


Citation machine

Great Resource for "Digital Information Fluency"