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Teaching Information Skills with Big 6

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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 known as “the Big Six.” The Big6 is a step-by-step process model of how people of all ages solve an information problem. This was devised by Mike Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz.  The following is an outline of the process described in this method.

From: www.big6.com/kids/

1.  Define the task – what needs to be done?
2.  Information Seeking Strategies – what resources can I use?
3.  Location and Access – where can I find these resources? 
4.  Use of information – what can I use from these resources?
5.  Synthesis – what can I make to finish the job? 
6.  Evaluation – how will I know I did my job well?

For a useful handout about the use of the Big 6 in schools click the link below:

http://www.big6.com/files/Big6Handouts.pdf

For helpful links about the use of the simpler versions of Big6 in primary schools click on the link below:

http://www.big6.com/category/education-levels/primary/

For an extensive report on how this was applied in a primary classroom click on the link below:

http://www.big6.com/2010/03/08/super3-action-research-report-blending-super3-with-math-and-writing-one-teacher%e2%80%99s-quest-for-learning-grade-3-enewsletter-10-4-1/

The presentation below is by William Breitsprecher and shows how a simpler version of the Big 6 (the Super3) can be used in a primary classroom to help pupils work through classroom tasks or homework.

http://www.slideshare.net/bogeybear/super-3-for-kids

The video below shows how the Big 6 can be applied to a pupil project.

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