NBMS 8th grade students have been working on Civil War Research. Kacy Zaleski, NBMS Media Specialist, plays a large part in teaching students how to tackle this type of project. She gives the students a refresh of the process by using the Gale Research in Context Database that all of the students can access. Once the students log in with their Google credentials, they can choose the subject area of their research, in this case, U.S. History. At that point, the most popular research topics are listed,and the student can zero in on the area they are needing. In the images below, we’ve chosen Abraham Lincoln. After that choice… wonderful things start to happen… it shows all of the information available in the different forms, such as, reference, magazines, biographies, images, videos, primary sources, etc. (see attachment for sample). This makes it very easy for the student to get the required number of each source needed for the project. When a selection has been made, the database offers great options like… listing the reading level, the choice of the article being read aloud, translation to different languages, etc. The student can highlight text in the articles as they go, and if they want to download the information… it automatically downloads to Google Drive… into a Research Folder… that it creates. Another huge part of research, required citations, are created instantly.
After the student has collected everything they need, they can take if from Google Drive into Notability for further highlighting and fine tuning. This process truly brings research to a new level for students.