Project Description:

From the students’ personal wiki web page we added an “Asian Project” link. Students researched information about an assigned Asian country. They inserted general pictures on their Asian country home page. On that home page, students created links for more specific information. The classroom teacher determined the categories that the students were to include in their project; some examples are: history, geography, economy, culture, government, points of interest, food, land and climate, education, traditions and celebrations. The students then researched for information and images pertaining to a category.

IT Standards/Benchmarks:

1.3 Identify and know how to use Menu options in application programs to develop text, graphic, spreadsheet, and Web documents; save, print, format, and add multimedia features; store, access, and manage files; and use dictionary, thesaurus, and spelling and grammar tools.
1.4 Know proper keyboarding position and technique to touch type using the correct hands for alphabetic, numeric, and special purpose keys (arrows, escape, backspace, delete, caps lock, and control); and know how to use these keys and the Edit Menu items to correct errors in a document.
3.1 Identify and apply common productivity software features such as menus and toolbars to plan, create, and edit word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
3.2 Know procedures for importing and manipulating pictures, images, and charts in word processing documents and spreadsheets, presentations, and other creative works.
4.2 Identify a variety of media and formats to create and edit products (e.g., presentations, newsletters, Web pages, portable document format) that communicate syntheses of information and ideas from the curriculum to multiple audiences.
5.1 Describe steps for using common Web search engines and basic search functions of other technology resources to locate information, and guidelines for evaluating information from a variety of sources for its relevance to the curriculum.
5.3 Identify, record, and organize information on assigned topics in the curriculum by selecting and using appropriate information and communication technology tools and resources (e.g., slide show, timeline software, database, conceptual mapping).
6.1 Know how to apply their knowledge of problem solving tools to select appropriate technology tools and resources to solve a specific problem or make a decision.
6.2 Know how to select and use information and communication technology tools and resources to collect, organize, and evaluate information relevant to a real world problem.

IL Standards/Benchmarks:

Standard 1: Students understand an inquiry process including how to access, evaluate and use information
1.1 Identify the steps of the inquiry process as it is used in research:

  • Identify the question or problem
  • Locate and evaluate potential resources
  • Gather and synthesize information
  • Create a new product
  • Evaluate the product and process
1.2 State the question or need for information.
1.3 Identify and locate probable sources of information.
1.4 Judge information for accuracy, relevancy, and type (e.g, fact or fiction)
1.5 Identify and use information to create a product that satisfies the need or solves the problem.
1.6 Recognize that they have followed the inquiry process and describe how well their products satisfy the need or solve the problem.

Standard 2: Students demonstrate an understanding of ethical, legal, and social responsibility in accessing, evaluating and using information, materials and technology
2.1 Demonstrate individual responsibility for equitable access to information (e.g., share access to limited resources, return materials diligently).
2.2 State the conclusions of their research findings in their own words and cite sources.
2.3 Follow school guidelines for responsible use of information resources (e.g., checkout policies and library rules).
2.4 Share knowledge and information with others.

Standard 4: Students distinguish among, evaluate and appropriately use current and emerging media and technologies in the inquiry process.
4.1 Identify and use various media and technologies to meet information needs
4.2 Identify and use search strategies to locate information in various media and technologies
4.3 Compare and contrast the quality and accuracy, relevancy, and type of information from a variety of media and technologies.