What are we doing here?

According to educator Eric Hoefler:

"These tools and approaches are now "dead" or "almost dead." If your research plan relies on them, you are probably not adequately preparing your students:
  • Floppy Disks
  • School computers with extreme filtration
  • CD-ROMs
  • Note Cards (or other pen-and-paper-only note-taking methods)
  • Limiting the number of "online resources"
  • Outlawing "citation help" from online services (Who memorizes the MLA handbook, anyway?)
  • Basic web searches or school-database-only searches
  • Completely independent research methods
  • Text-only sources
  • Text-only reports

How many of us does that statement affect? Can you justify or refute those ideas?

Whether or not you can or cannot, our students will conduct research in a manner much different than most of us did at their age. That couldn't be said for too many other generations within the last two centuries. Where is the shift? What has changed?

These are the reasons you are here in this class or here on this wiki. We need to look at the changing nature of research as it applies to ourselves and our students. Rules are changing for us and for our students as they enter the 21st Century workforce.

Let's start by completing these statements by giving their opposing point:
  • so much information is available to students and teachers via the web, but....
  • the ease with which we can access information simplifies the research process, but...
  • so many authors choose to share their work online with others, but.....
  • I want to do research with my students, but....

What We'll Look At

Over the course of this workshop, we will examine how to look beyond the obvious on the web through accessing Deep Web searches, we will learn how to decipher what is quality information and source, and what is suspect, we will take a look at issues of copyright that directly affect all of us, including our students, we will explore in depth the power of using RSS feeds to "hire" bright people to provide research for you, and we will spend time discussing tools we use to help our students develop research concepts.

Image Credit: "Research" via Suttonhoo's photostream on Flickr.