These two workshops with Rabbi Rottenberg’s 7 and 8s were the most intensive of the lot and covered it all, from exercises on forming effective queries in search engines, to learning proper MLA bibliography format, to examine credible and non-credible sites in research.
We parsed some searches to find out which keywords were critical and which were not necessary to our search.
This exercise was based on a great Google Searching workshop that is available free online.
Picking the Right Search Terms
We worked on creating effective queries for many interesting questions.
Grade 8 had the toughest job, not only did they have to create a mini-bio on the celebrity of their choosing, they had to critically examine the sites they were using as they were going. The results were both entertaining and encouraging as students started fitting together key concepts
Overall these workshops have been incredibly rewarding for me and I hope to hear that the result of these workshops is that kids are handing in much better quality assignments and choosing their sources much more critically.