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					                                   OHIO SCHOOLNET LESSON LAB

                            INFOhio’s Electronic Resources
                                               February 2002

Teachers:         Pennie Gamber
                  Karen Nielsen

Grade Level:      High School
School:           Tuslaw Jr./Sr. High School
District:         Tuslaw Local Schools

CONTENT AND CONCEPTS:

Students will investigate assigned topics; locate, select, evaluate, and use relevant information from
electronic media; and synthesize that information in a correctly documented multimedia format.

During this project students will show mastery of these concepts:

 Summary, paraphrase, quotation
 Reading for information
 Judging validity of information
 Time management skills
 Use of reference tools
 Analyzing and synthesizing information from electronic databases
 Writing process
 Using textual references for explanation and support
 Using a presentation program to organize information graphically
 Recognizing the value of INFOhio’s educational links and databases as legitimate resource tools

ASSESSMENT:

At the conclusion of the one-stop research assignment, student work will be evaluated using the project
rubric, which evaluates validity of content as well as technical skills. Additionally students themselves will
evaluate the INFOhio preview electronic databases using the resource evaluation sheet and the online
evaluation form; these evaluations will provide feedback to district librarian and the electronic resource
task force for collection development.

SHARING:

At the conclusion of the one-stop research project, students will present their projects to classmates with an
emphasis on new information learned as well as technical skills gained. To facilitate global sharing, student
projects will be maintained on a district server for student use across curriculum lines. Student assessments
of electronic databases will be shared with both district and state personnel for purchase decision-making.

RESULTS:

 Students will have a HyperStudio presentation as one product.
 Students will have evaluation sheets as concrete evidence of their roles in the library collection
development.




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LEARNING (INSTRUCTIONAL/PERFORMANCE) OBJECTIVES:

English Language Arts Academic Content Standards:

Research Standard
        Students define and investigate self-selected or assigned issues, topics and problems. They locate,
        select and make use of relevant information from a variety of media, reference and technological
        sources. Students use an appropriate form to communicate their findings.

        Grade 11
        1. Compose open-ended questions for research (assigned or personal interest) and modify
            questions as necessary during inquiry and investigation to narrow the focus or extend the
            investigation.
        2. Identify appropriate sources and gather relevant information from multiple sources (e.g.,
            school library catalogs, online databases, electronic resources and Internet-based resources).
        3. Determine the accuracy of sources and the credibility of the author by analyzing the sources’
            validity (e.g., authority, accuracy, objectivity, publication date and coverage, etc).
        4. Analyze the complexities and discrepancies in information and systematically organize
            relevant information to support central ideas, concepts and themes.
        5. Integrate quotations and citations into written text, maintaining a flow of ideas.
        6. Use style guides to produce oral and written reports that give proper credit for sources, and
            include appropriate in-text documentation, notes and an acceptable format for source
            acknowledgment.
        7. Use a variety of communication techniques (e.g., oral, visual, written, or multimedia reports)
            to present information that supports a clear position about the topic or research question and
            to maintain an appropriate balance between researched information and original ideas.

        Grade 12
        1. Compose open-ended questions for research (assigned or personal interest) and modify
           questions as necessary during inquiry and investigation to narrow the focus or extend the
           investigation.
        2. Identify appropriate sources and gather relevant information from multiple sources (e.g.,
           school library catalogs, online databases, electronic resources and Internet-based resources).
        3. Determine the accuracy of sources and the credibility of the author by analyzing the sources’
           validity (e.g., authority, accuracy, objectivity, publication date and coverage, etc).
        4. Analyze the complexities and discrepancies in information and systematically organize
           relevant information to support central ideas, concepts and themes.
        5. Integrate quotations and citations into written text, maintaining a flow of ideas.
        6. Use style guides to produce oral and written reports that give proper credit for sources, and
           include appropriate in-text documentation, notes and an acceptable format for source
           acknowledgment.
        7. Use a variety of communication techniques (e.g., oral, visual, written, or multimedia reports)
           to present information that supports a clear position about the topic or research question and
           to defend the credibility and validity of the information presented.




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PROJECT/TASK DESCRIPTION:

In conjunction with the INFOhio electronic resources and preview, students will be using only the INFOhio
home page and the links from that page to find necessary materials to create a multimedia project. Students
will present the following biographical information:

 Date of birth
 Date of death
 Place of birth
 Names of parents
 Name of spouse(s)
 Number of children if any
 Three photographs of the research subject
 Reasons for fame or notoriety
 A timeline of biographical data
 Three newsworthy events during that time period displayed on the timeline

LEARNING STRATEGIES:

 Creating multimedia presentation appropriate to individual student skills
 Using cooperative learning strategies, in which students share appropriate technology skills
 Providing opportunities for students to supply feedback to resource providers
 Using teacher as troubleshooter and guide

TOOLS & RESOURCES:

 HyperStudio program
 Computers
 INFOhio Web address <http://www.infohio.org>

DO & HOW:

 Computers will be used to create a HyperStudio presentation and to conduct research online at the
INFOhio Web page.
 Copies of resource evaluation sheets will be provided to the students.
 The InFocus projector will be available to the students in order to make their class presentations.
 Access to the district server will provide a central location for students to share with their peers.

CLASSROOM & INFORMATION MANAGEMENT:

 A copy of the assignment sheet will be provided to each student.
 A copy of the project assessment rubric will be provided to each student.
 Sufficient copies of resource evaluation sheets will be provided in a central location for student use on an
as needed basis.
 Background knowledge of the INFOhio electronic databases will be shared with the students.
 Purchase prices of previewed databases will be shared with the students.
 Clear and specific due dates will be provided to students at the start of the project.
 The teacher will function as a guide and troubleshooter during the course of the project.




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File: Research assignment
The One-Stop Research Assignment

In conjunction with the INFOhio electronic resources and preview, the multimedia classes will be fulfilling
The One-Stop Research Assignment. In this project students will be using only the INFOhio home page
and the links from that page to find necessary materials to create a HyperStudio project.

 Go to <http://www.infohio.org> for all necessary information. A print out of that page is attached.

 Research one of the attached names from history as a topic.

 Create a minimum of six (6) cards for a HyperStudio stack. This stack must include a working hypertext
link, visible and invisible buttons, and an automatic timer. Background music may be used.

 Include the date of birth, date of death, place of birth, names of parents, name of spouse(s), number of
children if any. Include a minimum of three (3) photographs of the person. Explain the reasons for either
fame or notoriety.

 Create a timeline which shows date of birth, date of death, and a minimum of three newsworthy events
during your person’s lifetime; one of these events should have a tie-in to the person’s fame or notoriety.

 A works cited card is required.

 On the INFOhio home page and the INFOhio vendor preview page, you may want to access some of the
following links:

         -Britannica                                   -AccuNet/AP
         -ProQuest                                     -Facts on File
         -American National Biographies                -Grolier
         -Gale Group Biographies                       -Newsbank
         -H.W. Wilson Company Biographies              -World Book
         -Big Chalk elibrary                           -Grove’s Dictionaries
         -SIRS Knowledge Source

There are also additional electronic resources on the INFOhio vendor preview page that can be accessed.
Go nowhere else on the Internet other than the links on the INFOhio Web page to find your information.
The purpose of this assignment is to evaluate the completeness of the resource links on this page and the
value of the electronic resources!

 Upon finishing the project, fill out the attached evaluation forms regarding the resources. You are to fill
out one form for each source you used. An online evaluation form, found on the front page of each of the
electronic resources, should also be submitted. Additionally the completed online evaluation form is to
printed and submitted as a verification that this step was completed.

 A sample rubric is attached.

This project is due at the end of class on ____________________.




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The following are possible topics for research; topics will be selected by luck of the draw.


         Maya Angelou               Ellen Glasgow               George Orwell
         Susan B. Anthony           Ernest Hemingway            Princess Margaret Rose
         Ray Bradbury               Alfred Hitchcock            Eleanor Roosevelt
         Omar Bradley               John Irving                 Theodore Roosevelt
         Charlie Chaplin            James Joyce                 Jonas Salk
         Winston Churchill          Grace Kelly                 Gertrude Stein
         Charles de Gaulle          Nikita Krushchev            William Styron
         Adolf Eichmann             Carol Lombard               Harry Truman
         Douglas Fairbanks          Toni Morrison               Kurt Vonnegut
         Errol Flynn                Alfred Nobel                Kurt Waldheim
         Eva Gabor                  Robert Oppenheimer          Andrew Wyeth




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File: resource evaluation sheet
Resource Evaluation Sheet

Complete the following evaluation sheet as a part of your project. The scores range from 1 (low) to 5
(high). Fill out one sheet for each source you used. In order to answer #4, consult the attached price lists.


Title of Source: ____________________________________

Student Name: ____________________________________



1. How easy was the source to use?                               1         2        3        4         5


2. Did you find quality material?                                1         2        3        4         5


3. Did you find enough material?                                 1         2        3        4         5


4. Is the source worth the money to buy it?                      1         2        3        4         5


5. Would you use this source in other classes?                   1         2        3        4         5


6. Would you recommend this source for purchase?                 1         2        3        4         5



Comments:




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File: research project rubric
One-Stop Research Project Rubric


Student Name: _______________________________________


Content (40):
        Date of birth (5)                  Names of parents (5)
        Date of death (5)                  Name of spouse (s) (5)
        Place of birth (5)                 Number of children (5)
        Reason for fame / notoriety (10)                                        ________


Format (40):
        6 card minimum (5)                         Automatic timer (5)
        Working hypertext link (5)                 Appropriate sound (5)
        Visible buttons (5)                        Smooth use of program (10)
        Invisible buttons (5)
                                                                                ________


Works Cited (10):
       Mechanics (10)                                                           ________


Evaluation Sheets (10):                                                         ________

                                                   Total of 100:


Comments:




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File: price list
INFOhio Electronic Resources Preview Price List:

Britannica, ProQuest, SIRS Discoverer, and American National Biographies are provided to us through the
state INFOhio project. Big Chalk eLibrary and SIRS Reseacher are provided through Tuslaw funds.


Here are prices for resources on preview:

AccuNet                                                                 $ 643    per year

Facts on File News Services                                             $1050    per year

Facts on File Reference Services: Encyclopedic                          $ 259    per year

The Gale Group Biography Resource Center                                $3000    per year

Grolier Online                                                          $ 350    per year

Grove’s Dictonaries (Art & Music and Musicians)                         $ 425    per year

NewsBank:                                                               $2415    per year

H.W. Wilson Biographies                                                 $1220    per year

World Book                                                              $ 395    per year




See Mrs. Nielsen or Mrs. Gamber for prices of any databases that you use that are not listed above.




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