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Create a Personal Knowledge Network TOPIC: DATE DUE: Essential Question: In today’s society people need to find information on a variety of topics. But how many of us actually know how to best do this? Your task is to create a Personal Knowledge Network made up of various information sources. These sources will help inform you about a specific topic that you will choose (ex. Skateboarding, Golf). The two questions that you must consider as you search for information are: 1) How do you find information? 2) How do you know it is credible? Process: 1. Create an Electronic Folder for all of your research/ inquiry information. If the inquiry you are conducting is in a curricular area, include the name of the area on the folder. 2. General Topic: Brainstorm possible synonyms – use Wordle to pull these together in an interesting format or simply use AutoShapes to create a mind map below. Use a Dictionary and/ or a Thesaurus (either electronic or print) to find synonyms and meanings for words about your general topic. 3. Create a knowledge Network that has several information sources: a. OPAC: Look on your school library OPAC for possible books and/or multimedia. Record the Dewey number. All public libraries will have books on this topic under these numbers. b. Public Library: Check your public library online to see whether there is any material that could be borrowed for your inquiry project. Record the information. c. Online Reference Centre: Access the Online Reference Centre in your school. If you need to use this at home, be sure to ask your teacher-librarian for the Login and Password. This is accessible and available to all students and teachers in Alberta. Record the most useful databases. d. Yellow Pages: Check the print copy or online. Is there a company, business or society that could provide you with important and pertinent information? Record the means of access and possibilities. e. Wikipedia Article: Wikipedia is a wonderful place to gather background information and/or relevant vocabulary that can later be used as keyword search terms. Be sure to address the following when using a Wikipedia article: Permanent link Discussion tab Last updated 1 other piece of interesting information? f. Website: Use Google or another search engine to find a relevant website. Be sure to use advanced search features with your newly found key word search terms. Be sure to address the following: The author Perform a link check (show 3 other credible links to the page) Contact us/ Home page info Ads? Up to date? g. Twitter: Find a twitter stream that deals with your topic. Consider: Who else is following this twitter feed? Who is the author? (Usually twitter people of note have blogs, etc.) h. YouTube Video: Search for a video that would enhance your knowledge on your topic. This could perhaps be an introduction or summary of the topic. Perhaps it presents information in a different way. Consider: Who is the author? What other videos have they posted? What has been the discussion of the video? i. Blogs: Weblogs can be sources of current, experiential information. In some instances they can be considered primary sources. In many instance, you can subscribe to the RSS feeds of blogs, this Real Simple Syndication format can make information come to you. Consider who is writing the blog, who is following the blog. NOW THAT YOU HAVE SURVEYED SEVERAL DIFFERNTE SOURCES OF INFORMATION, IT IS UP TO YOU TO COLLECT THE MOST PERTINENT INFORMATION AND USE IT TO COMPLETE YOUR ASSIGNMENT.
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