Tag: Information Skills

Do I just Google that? Tools for Teaching Search Skills in the Primary Classroom

Nowadays many pupils, when given a research task, immediately might think to themselves, “I’ll just Google that.” Internet search engines (of which Google is only one of many) are powerful tools but many pupils use only a fraction of the power of them, and then can also have difficulty finding the information specific to the task. There …

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What’s the Answer Wolfram|Alpha? A search engine which answers with numbers, tables and graphs

Wolfram|Alpha is a search engine with a numeracy slant! It is what is known as a computational search engine, meaning that it is numerical data that it displays in various formats when a search term is entered in the search box. To get a flavour of what this tool can do you may wish to click …

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Why should a prospective employer pick you? World of Work Resume Generators

Resume Generator on the Read Write Think website is an interactive tool to guide pupils in writing a resume or CV in a choice of styles. It can be used as a writing tool in a literacy lesson to give practice in writing in this particular genre, or for a real purpose – perhaps for pupils …

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Scrambling for cultural resources? Try SCRAN

Scran is a fantastic online resource – an archive of  over 360,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media. And all of it comes with embedded attribution text so that schools using the material can be sure of the source of each resource. The rights to use of the resources allows for free use …

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Create Your Own Listening Comprehension Quiz with Video

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a tool where your pupils could view a video you’ve found online, and then answer comprehension questions on what they’ve just seen and heard? It would be great, too,  if that tool could have a transcript of the text. And feedback  to the pupil and to the pupil’s teacher …

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Jog the Web – guiding pupils through selected online resources

Jog the Web is a useful way of a teacher guiding pupils to a series of websites, or specific webpages, you have selected for them, in a sequence determined by the teacher, along with notes about the website being visited. The teacher simply signs up for a free Jog the Web account then creates the …

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Breaking News – literacy activities for the classroom on stories making the news

http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/ Breaking News English is a site by Sean Banville aimed at teachers looking for activities for learners of English in the context of stories making the headlines in the media.  This contains Lesson Plans & Podcasts for combining studying Current Events and News while also learning English. Keep up with the news and learn English – …

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Handling the Information – Databases in the Primary Classroom

Handling the Information – using Databases in the Primary Classroom.  In this information age being able to use a database is an essential skill.  Databases are all around us and being able to use them effectively is seen as an essential skill for pupils.  The task for the teacher is finding age-appropriate databases  and contexts which will appeal to …

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Teaching Information Skills with Big 6

www.big6.com/kids/  When pupils are set a problem-solving task in school, whether it is in creating a presentation or research for homework, it is useful for them to have some guidance to getting started and how to go about the task.  One method of teaching information skills for using information from a variety of sources is that …

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