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Web 2.0 tools in the information skills process

The six phases in the information skills process are defining, locating, selecting, organising, presenting and assessing. Web 2.0 tools can help you at every phase. A diagram can help you understand the process. Link to interactive diagram.1

Defining: What do I really want to find?

In this first phase, define exactly what the task is asking you to learn about and to do. Use Visuwords2 for the meanings of key words in the assignment. Merriam-Webster’s3 Visual Dictionary Online, or The Visual Dictionary4, can help place terms in a broader context.

Not sure about other key words? Use Google sets5 to find related terms you may wish to research. Look at videos to see how others have defined your topic, or create your own short definition video at Wordia6.

Locating. Where can I find the information I need?

Choose the best search engine7 for your information needs—if you want Australian information, Study search8 may suit. Online research tools9, such as Library Spot10, will give an overview of your topic. The Quality Information Checklist11 can help determine if a resource has reliable and expert information. Remember to search other people’s favourite sites on your topic and to share the best sites you visit, at Delicious12. Create a bibliography using BibMe13 or Son of Citation Machine14.

Selecting: What information do I really need to use?

Use contents, menus, and indexes and keep evaluating as you select information15. Highlight and add sticky notes at Diigo16 or MyStickies17. Select relevant parts18 of a website. View main ideas by pasting text into Wordle19.

Organising. How can I use this information?

Before writing20, consider your purpose, audience and the format for your assignment. Make a mind map to see how ideas in your topic relate to each other, with Text2Mindmap21, Bubbl.us22 or Mind4223. Use Exploratree24 to collect research findings. For group work, plan together25 and use tools and strategies26 to foster collaboration. Thinking tools27, Dabbleboard28 or a Flip book29 can help record your thoughts when you read or view a video.

Presenting. How can I present this?

Show others what you’ve learned. Create a collage30, drawing31, flip book32 animation, screen recording33 or slide show34. You may wish to create free online surveys35, block posters36, diagrams37, educational game38s, interactive posters39, or a prezi40 presentation. Create an online debate with Power League41 or aMap42 or build a free website at Yola43. Make a cartoon strip44 or an interactive web comic45.

Assessing. What did I learn from this?

If you want to assess your own work, take a look at Teacher helpers: assessment and rubric information46 to see what many teachers look for when marking assignments.  Create a significant image, video or document for your topic and invite people to comment in a collaborative VoiceThread48. Finally, if you’ve worked collaboratively, evaluate your own teamwork49 contribution.

Keep yourself safe and secure online50.

A Delicious of list of additional copyright sites suggested by teachers51

Send us links to other useful sites.

Bookmarking for NSW DET teachers52

© State of NSW, Department of Education and Training, 2010 CopyrightLast updated: August 2010