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“Imagine Your Perfect Source”: Strategies for Cultivating Expert Researchers
Wednesday September 6, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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Why do some people just seem to be naturals at finding information when they need it? Many expert searchers describe “imagining their perfect source” as a key step prior to searching. While some people develop this strategy intuitively—often without even being aware that they are doing it—there is no reason not to cultivate the necessary skills for research success in all our students.
Come and learn the basics of imagining sources for yourself, and explore ways to teach our students how to start thinking like expert researchers. In this edWebinar, Tasha Bergson-Michelson, Instructional and Programming Librarian at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA, explores what it means to “imagine a source,” undertake some basic practice imagining, and learn how to build queries targeting predicted characteristics of a source. Also learn specific activities that help students flex their predictive imaginations, and look at some examples of student work.
If you are a librarian teaching information literacy, or a classroom teacher who asks students to locate their own sources, watch to investigate a skill that supports lifelong learning and can help students do better quality research in academic or work settings, or to be savvier consumers in daily life. This recorded session is geared towards librarians and educators working in grade 6 and up, but grades 3–5 professionals who ask students to find information independently will also benefit.
About the Presenter
Tasha Bergson-Michelson is the instructional and programming librarian for Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA. Since 1995, Tasha has worked in a variety of library settings, exploring what makes for successful information literacy instruction. Working with 6th–12th graders at Castilleja, Tasha constantly strives to find new ways to expose students to methods employed by expert researchers. As the search educator at Google, Tasha wrote an extensive series of Search Education lesson plans, the Power Searching MOOCs, and—most importantly—collaborated with other librarians around the world to explore the most effective ways of teaching research skills. Tasha was designated a 2014 Mover & Shaker — Tech Leader by Library Journal.
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