Resourcing the WACE Psychology Course Judi Jagger, Curriculum Officer Evaluation (CMIS – Curriculum Materials Information Service) Syllabus Development and Resources Department of Education and Training 1 June 2007 CMIS is participating in a joint project between the Curriculum Council and the Department of Education and Training to check, identify and evaluate new and existing resources for the WACE Courses. This hands-on session will look at the Psychology Course lists and how CMIS advice can help teachers integrate ICT into the course. Part 1: Introduction to the CMIS website CMIS Home Page http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education/cmis/eval/ Activity 1 Go to the CMIS website: http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education/c mis/eval/ Follow the path: WACE Courses – Psychology Explore the content on this page Activity 2 From the WACE Psychology page, search the CMIS Resource Bank. Note that you can search resources from several starting points: all resources, websites, by outcome or by unit. By clicking on the title, more information about a particular resource will be displayed. Clicking on an author’s name will bring up all resources written by that author. Clicking on a website’s URL will bring up the page. Activity 3 From the list of resources that you have found, use the printer icon to generate a printable list. Use the green arrow back button to return to the original list. Activity 4 To limit your selections, check the boxes next to the items you wish to save. Now press the = icon A list comprising only the selected resources will appear. Activity 5 Continue to explore the Resource Bank. Note that as they are identified, new resources will be added to this database in the future. Boolean searches (AND or NOT) can further refine a search. Activity 6 Open up the PDF documents on the right hand side of the Psychology page. These are printable lists of all the resources identified to date. Note that they do not contain the same level of detail as on the Resource Bank, but have sufficient information so that a Teacher Librarian or bookseller can source the item. Activity 7 Look at the key websites that have been listed here. Also explore the links to documents from other states that teach this subject. Although content will not be identical to the WACE course, these links will contain useful information. Activity 8 Look at the suggested resource suppliers as they are useful sources for videos and DVDs. Note that Enhance TV provides access to free to air television programs (at a cost). Activity 9 Note that there is a listserv to support teachers of Psychology in WA: psyc- firstname.lastname@example.org The link will take you to the registration page. Once registered, you can send and receive messages about any aspect of the course. This section also contains links to other professional associations. Activity 10 Work through the issues in Part 2 of this presentation that deals with guidelines for working with students. Part 2: Guidelines for working with students Registration on sites Authority of websites Plagiarism Registration Student access to the Internet may involve the need for students to register. One such site is MoodGym, from ANU, Canberra The site itself urges caution: Caution! Students should be cautioned on using their real identity and giving personal information over the Internet at any time. Authority of sites Although the websites on the Psychology list are have been selected because of their reliability and authority, students will inevitably run their own searches. They should be aware that their critical thinking faculties need to be switched on at all times … An obvious hoax … Clues: Garish font Bad design .net address Preposterous claims Probably spelling errors A not so obvious example: No real clues Slick Sophisticated Well-designed … But … It still has preposterous claims A bit of research is needed .. No such hospital exists The author is an installation and Internet artist It has received credit as being one of the best hoax sites around Education World is just one of the places to ‘out’ it .. Look for: Authors – who wrote it and what are their credentials? Domain - .edu and .gov will have a lot more weight than .com or .net Accuracy – are the facts documented? Look for: Objectivity – is there a strong point of view or an agenda being pushed? Currency – when was the site last updated? Scope – is the information too basic or is it too scholarly? Is there enough information for the topic? More information on assessing websites can be found on the CMIS website … Activity 11 Go back to the CMIS home page and follow the links ‘Using ICT in the Curriculum’ to read more about evaluating websites and other ICT issues. LOTS OF LINKS Advertising on sites Many sites will have sponsored advertising. Popups can be annoying and some will have inappropriate links: If possible, evaluate sites beforehand if they are not from the list. Note that MySpace has been blocked by DET, so any sites that link to it cannot be accessed from school servers … Plagiarism Copy and paste is rife, so what can we do? Assignments that require students to use higher order thinking skills are less easily answered from a simple Google search. Jamie McKenzie http://www.fno.org has done a lot of work on Essential Questions Activity 12 CMIS has also developed links to sites that offer strategies to minimise the possibility of plagiarism. Take a look at the information here: MORE LINKS Part 3 :Copyright This complex issue would take a session in its own right. Activity 13 Again, CMIS has developed pages to help pave the way to understanding: Follow the links … Australian Copyright Council If in doubt, look for an information sheet: http://www.copyright.org.au/ Smartcopying A new site being developed specifically for Australian schools: http://www.smartcopying.edu.au/ Part 4: Podcasts What are they? Digital broadcasts that can be downloaded for use at any time Activity 14 To find out more about podcasting, take a look at the following slides and look at the information on the CMIS pages. Why bother? Podcasts offer another source of information – perhaps the most up to date of all. There are many sites offering podcasts, including ABC Radio National … Caution! ABC Radio National podcasts are subject to copyright restrictions, and cannot be used in the classroom at this time. They are also only available for downloading on the ABC website for a short time. However, teachers may make their students aware of these resources for individual use. Other uses for podcasts Teachers can podcast lessons or revision notes so that students can access them at any time from the school intranet Students can create podcasts for assessment purposes Interested? Yes, CMIS has a page to help get you started. It explains all the hows and the whys … Part 5: EBSCOHost Need up to date journal articles? EBSCO Host could be the answer … What is it? A full-text database of newspaper and journal articles. How do you access it? Some school libraries already have a subscription. Individuals can access the database through their public library webpage using their library card number. Tell your students! Activity 15 Using the number on your public library borrower card, log into the databases section of your public library. Select EBSCOHost. [There is usually a link to the library from the home page of the shire or city council]. NOTE: If not a member, it is worth joining the public library system for the benefits of online access alone. What does it look like? Activity 16 Use the following slides to explore the potential of EBSCOHost. IMPORTANT NOTE: Through the public library system, use of this database is for individuals only. Copyright restrictions mean that a school may not use this service without its own subscription. Most public libraries and schools only subscribe to the Australian and New Zealand Reference Centre. The Title List will tell you which publications are indexed. Browsing by subject …. There are a number of limiters available in a Basic Search: Full text Peer reviewed Specific publication Date Images Related words Automatic Boolean AND Other searches: Advanced search allows for searches to be saved and combined: Visual search clusters results: Finding specific articles You know there is a recent article in Scientific American called ‘Half- Brained Schemes’ and you want to see if it is useful: Just a taster … Get your library card and log in to your public library to have a real exploration of the possibilities of EBSCO Limitations HTML documents strip tables and images but they are present in any PDF documents Not all articles are full text, although many are. However, every result has an abstract and full citation Citing journal articles Your school will probably have a preferred referencing style, so follow the guidelines. Whatever style is chosen, it is important to be consistent. ‘Half-brained schemes’ should be referenced with the following elements: Author: Ross, Philip E. Date: 2006 Journal title: Scientific American (italic) Title of article: ‘Half-brained schemes.’ Vol. No (if known): 294 Month of Journal : January Pages: 24-27 Ross, Philip E. 2006. ‘Half-brained schemes.’ Scientific American. vol. 294, January, pp. 24-27. CMIS (again) … We have Citation Guides online in our Copyright section: Hot Tip! Work with your Teacher-Librarians – they are information specialists and will be delighted to help you navigate the rich variety of resources that are now so readily available. Questions? Comments? Activity 17 Bookmark the CMIS website http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education/cmis/eval/ – you will find it an invaluable source of information. 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