Saturday, May 2, 2015

A quick overview of what effective internet use looks like and some of the background teaching needed

This link is to support my presentation at the SC RE cluster meeting.

Using the Internet - for every subject - this process is needed for high school, higher education, and life in general - year 7 & 8 children can do this effectively and consistently - then work backwards putting the skills in place back to year 1


  • Safety stuff in place - understanding of digital citizenship - lots of resources available to help with this.  At a school level - need to develop community understanding of digital citizenship.
  • Teaching in identifying keywords and finding synonyms for them 
  • Putting those words into a search term 
  • Scanning the search findings to find ones that might work 
  • Quickly dumping anything not useful 
  • Specific guided reading teaching in identifying bias 
  • Scanning - contents, headers, key words 
  • Skim reading - quick reading to locate key words and get an “overall” feel - taught through guided reading. 
  • Find a selection of possible sources (5 or 6) - reference them, one sentence summary of the gist. Choose the best three and read in detail - taught through guided reading. 
  • Take notes - key words and phrases - taught through guided writing. 
  • Construct sentences from keywords and phrases - guided writing 
  • Plan effectively with main ideas and supporting detail - guided writing etc through the writing process. 


Developing this capacity through the primary years:
Years 1-3 - learning how to read and write - apps to support that learning - e.g. handwriting app on the ipad with a stylus - immediate feedback for errors in constructing letters.
Years 4-5 - guided - laying the groundwork to be an effective independent researcher. Breaking down the list above and guiding through the process.
Years 6-8 - Integrating the process and becoming independent (by mid year 7).

 From years 4-8 - RE can be included as a subject for investigation - as part of an inquiry curriculum.