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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. 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 Visuwords for the meanings of key words in the assignment. Merriam-Webster’s Visual Dictionary Online, or The Visual Dictionary, can help place terms in a broader context. Not sure about other key words? Use Google sets 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 Wordia.

Locating. Where can I find the information I need?

Choose the best search engine for your information needs—if you want Australian information, Study search may suit. Online research tools, such as Library Spot, will give an overview of your topic. The Quality Information Checklist 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 Delicious. Create a bibliography using BibMe or Son of Citation Machine.

Selecting. What information do I really need to use?

Use contents, menus, and indexes and keep evaluating as you select information. Highlight and add sticky notes at Diigo or MyStickies. Select relevant parts of a website. View main ideas by pasting text into Wordle.

Organising. How can I use this information?

Before writing, 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 Text2Mindmap, or Mind42. Use Exploratree to collect research findings. For group work, plan together and use tools and strategies to foster collaboration. Thinking tools, Dabbleboard or a Flip book 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 collage, drawing, flip book animation, screen recording or slide show. You may wish to create free online surveys, block posters, diagrams, educational games, interactive posters, or a prezi presentation. Create an online debate with Power League or aMap or build a free website at Yola. Make a cartoon strip or an interactive web comic.

Assessing. What did I learn from this?

If you want to assess your own work, take a look at Teacher helpers: assessment and rubric information to see what many teachers look for when marking assignments. Evaluate and edit what you have written and ask your friends to comment, using Bookgoo. Create a significant image, video or document for your topic and invite people to comment in a collaborative VoiceThread. Finally, if you’ve worked collaboratively, evaluate your own teamwork contribution.

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