NebraskAccess Lesson Plan Life Beyond Google by eg1pt23

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									                                           Title: Life Beyond Google
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                                           Grade: 7 and 8 grades | Subject: Information Literacy/Reading &
                                           Writing
                                           Created by: David Privett, Wahoo Public Schools (Nov. 2006)




Purpose & Commentary:

The purpose is to reinforce an overall lesson which needs to be shouted from the rooftops: that
there’s more to life than Google! In my experience, we really are seeing what is becoming an
educational crisis, in that online student research seems to be predominantly conducted through
generic search engines like Google and AskJeeves, putting little or no thought into the validity and
reliability of the information found (which usually appears on page 1 of a 3,000-page result!). And, to
make matters worse, teachers oftentimes allow this practice, not realizing the dangers that
accompany it. So in addition to the need to teach students about the concepts of validity and reliability
in research, it is also necessary to work these same lessons into staff development. Our students are
not properly prepared for post-secondary education if they leave us thinking that Google is an
academically-acceptable resource for locating information.

In Madelyn Hunter vernacular, this “lesson” is the “guided practice” of an overall unit over
NebraskAccess. A 50-minute class period should be sufficient for students to complete the activity,
which should take place after a thorough lecture/demonstration of what NebraskAccess is and how it
works, along with a convincing demonstration/discussion on why generic search engines are not
appropriate in academia.

In this type of unit, hands-on guided practice is imperative. It’s unreasonable to assume that students
will go to NebraskAccess on their own, instead of Google, simply because you gave a demonstration
to the class. With this thought in mind, I think devoting a full period just to guided practice is a
worthwhile use of class time.

In developing the worksheet, I chose topics such as the Crocodile Hunter and Sony Play Station,
which I felt were of interest to a large number of my students. The answer sheet provided was
accurate as of November 30, 2006, but since we are working with databases that are ever-changing,
it would be wise to verify answers before giving out the assignment.

Objective:

1. The learner will demonstrate a basic understanding of how to use NebraskAccess to locate valid
   and reliable information.

Standards Addressed:

1. AASL/AECT Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning
   • Standard 1: The student who is information literate accesses information efficiently and
     effectively.
   • Standard 2: The student who is information literate evaluates information critically and
     competently.
   • Standard 6: The student who is an independent learner is information literate and strives for
     excellence in information seeking and knowledge generation.
2. Nebraska L.E.A.R.N.S. Standards for Reading/Writing
   • 8.1.1 By the end of the eighth grade, students will locate, access, and evaluate resources to
     identify appropriate information.

Materials Needed:

1. One computer per student (computer lab setting) with Internet access

Step-by-Step Procedures:

1. As with most class periods, a few minutes should be devoted at the beginning to review the main
   points of the previous day’s lesson (in this case, why search engines such as Google are not
   appropriate for research, the importance of reliability/validity, the features of NebraskAccess, etc.).

2. Pass out a copy of the NebraskAccess worksheet to each student.

3. Students are to work individually on their own computers. Students are to access the
   NebraskAccess page through the “media center” link on the school web site
   (www.wahooschools.org). Students are not to access anything beyond what’s available on the
   NebraskAccess site.

4. Students are to hand in worksheets before leaving class (If necessary, time to complete the
   assignment may be designated the following day).

Plan for Independent Practice:

It should be made very clear to students that NebraskAccess (and other databases purchased by the
district) are to be used for locating resources for any school research assignment/project. Through
student reference citations (which require the database from which the information is accessed),
students will demonstrate the fulfillment of this requirement. Any online resource accessed outside of
these approved databases MUST be approved by the instructor in advance, to assure that the
student has properly analyzed the validity/reliability of that source.

Assessment Based on Objectives:

The guided practice worksheet IS the assessment. If desired, a straight percentage grade could be
given on the assignment, and proficiency determined by that grade.

Adaptations:

No special adaptations needed beyond what has been identified in student IEP’s.
 Life Beyond Google (NebraskAccess Exercise)                                     Name ______________________________

 I, your esteemed instructor, have demonstrated my competence in using NebraskAccess (It was very obvious
 to me that I impressed the heck out of you!). Now it’s your turn to impress me! Now that you’ve seen
 NebraskAccess and have been shown its features, it’s time for you to use it. Remember, there’s more to life
 than Google!! When you are doing research for a class, NebraskAccess and other databases purchased by the
 district should always be your online starting points (after consulting with our library collection of course!).

 This worksheet will provide you with some practice in locating specific information using the databases
 provided in NebraskAccess. Using ONLY NebraskAccess, answer the following questions on the blanks
 provided. Any student caught asking Jeeves will be flogged!

 Use WILSON WEB for Questions 1-4

                                    1. What was the launch date for the new Sony Play Station 3? ________________

                                    2. How many game consoles were available on this launch date? ______________

                                    3. How many games will be available for the Sony Play Station 3 by the end of

                                                    2006? ______________
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                                              4. In the space below, write out the citation for the article from which you

      located this information (Use the format you’ve been taught in class [APA, MLA, etc.]).


 Use WILSON BIOGRAPHIES for Questions 5-7

5.   What is the date of birth of Steve Irwin? ____________________

6.   How many images are available in Steve Irwin’s biographical entry? __________

7.   What is the title of the book authored by Steve Irwin and his wife? __________________________________


 Use WORLDCAT for Questions 8-11

 8. How many libraries worldwide own a copy of the book you

     listed in question #7? _________________

 9. How many Nebraska Libraries own a copy of the book you

     listed in question #7? _________________

 10. What is the ISBN # of the book? ____________________                                       clipart from http://www.clipartheaven.com/


 11. How many crocodiles are on the front cover of the book? _________________
Use FICTION CONNECTION for Question 12

12. Let’s say you want to read a humorous fiction novel that takes place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. What is the title

    and author of the most recently published suggested work? ________________________________


Use FIRSTSEARCH for Questions 13-16

13. FirstSearch is a collection of how many different databases? __________

14. Do a search for the topic “school lunch” (include quotation marks) in the Medline database. How many hits do

    you get? __________

15. What is the date of publication of the most recently published resource

    in the list of results? _____________

16. What is the date of publication of the most dated resource in the list of

    results? ______________                                                            clipart from http://www.clipartheaven.com/




Use BOOKS       IN PRINT for Questions 17-20
                       17. Write the title and author of one bestselling book published the year you were born.

                           ___________________

                       18. What is the title of the compilation of Lemony Snicket books? _______________

                       19. What is the cost of this series? ____________

                       20. What is the source of the review written about the collection?

    _________________________________________


MISCELLANEOUS
21. You are able to locate the perfect book for your research, but unfortunately the closest library that owns it is in

    Kansas City. Assuming you’re not in the mood for a 3 1/2+ hour drive, what can you do to obtain that book?



22. How should you go about accessing NebraskAccess if you are working on a computer outside of school?
Life Beyond Google (Answers to the NebraskAccess Exercise)                Name ______________________________

I, your esteemed instructor, have demonstrated my competence in using NebraskAccess (It was very obvious
to me that I impressed the heck out of you!). Now it’s your turn to impress me! Now that you’ve seen
NebraskAccess and have been shown its features, it’s time for you to use it. Remember, there’s more to life
than Google!! When you are doing research for a class, NebraskAccess and other databases purchased by the
district should always be your online starting points (after consulting with our library collection of course!).

This worksheet will provide you with some practice in locating specific information using the databases
provided in NebraskAccess. Using ONLY NebraskAccess, answer the following questions on the blanks
provided. Any student caught asking Jeeves will be flogged!

Use WILSON WEB for Questions 1-4

                                   1. What was the launch date for the new Sony Play Station 3? NOV 17, 2006

                                   2. How many game consoles were available on this launch date? 400,000

                                   3. How many games will be available for the Sony Play Station 3 by the end of

                                                 2006? 22
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                                             4. In the space below, write out the citation for the article from which you

        located this information (Use the format you’ve been taught in class [APA, MLA, etc.]).

Gaudiosi, J. (2006, October 22-28). Sony unveils PlayStation 3 features, games. Home Media Retailing, 28(43), 1,
      32. Retrieved November 20, 2006, from WilsonWeb database.

Use WILSON BIOGRAPHIES for Questions 5-7

5. What is the date of birth of Steve Irwin? FEB 22, 1962

6. How many images are available in Steve Irwin’s biographical entry? 6

7. What is the title of the book authored by Steve Irwin and his wife? THE CROCODILE HUNTER: THE IN-

    CREDIBLE ADVENTURES OF S & T IRWIN


Use WORLDCAT for Questions 8-11

8. How many libraries worldwide own a copy of the book you

    listed in question #7? 855

9. How many Nebraska Libraries own a copy of the book you

    listed in question #7? 14

10. What is the ISBN # of the book? 0525946357                                              clipart from http://www.clipartheaven.com/


11. How many crocodiles are on the front cover of the book? 2
Use FICTION CONNECTION for Question 12

12. Let’s say you want to read a humorous fiction novel that takes place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. What is the title

    and author of the most recently published suggested work? WONDERDOG/INMAN MAJORS (2004)


Use FIRSTSEARCH for Questions 13-16

13. FirstSearch is a collection of how many different databases? 11

14. Do a search for the topic “school lunch” (include quotation marks) in the Medline database. How many hits do

    you get? 242

15. What is the date of publication of the most recently published resource

    in the list of results? DECEMBER 2006

16. What is the date of publication of the most dated resource in the list of

    results? DECEMBER 1949                                                             clipart from http://www.clipartheaven.com/




Use BOOKS       IN PRINT for Questions 17-20
                       17. Write the title and author of one bestselling book published the year you were born.

                           ANSWERS VARY

                       18. What is the title of compilation of Lemony Snicket books? THE COMPLETE WRECK

                          19. What is the cost of this series? $150

                          20. What is the source of the review written about the collection? PUBLISHERS

       WEEKLY

MISCELLANEOUS
21. You are able to locate the perfect book for your research, but unfortunately the closest library that owns it is in

    Kansas City. Assuming you’re not in the mood for a 3 1/2+ hour drive, what can you do to obtain that book?

   INTERLIBRARY LOAN

22. How should you go about accessing NebraskAccess if you are working on a computer outside of school?

   DESIGNATED PASSWORD (CURRENTLY “XXXXXXX”)

								
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