The Big6 in Middle School: Teaching Information and Communications Technology Skills [With CDROM]

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This practical resource enables middle school educators-including classroom teachers, library media and technology specialists, and administrators-to understand and implement the Big6(TM) approach to information, communication, and technology skills learning. Written by long-time Big6(TM) consultant Barbara A. Jansen, and based on the Big6(TM) model developed by Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz, this book discusses specific techniques and strategies to embed the Big6(TM) into existing instructional programs. Included are specific Big6(TM) instructional ideas in context, which can be used to modify and meet instruction needs.

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"Jansen (U. of Texas at Austin School of Information) is a consultant in the Big6 method for teaching information and technology skills. In this book, she offers advice specific to 5th-9th grade classrooms and libraries. Readers will learn how to teach the method that organizes research and technology projects into six steps: task definition, information seeking strategies, location and access of information, use of information, synthesis, and evaluation. Charts help teachers gauge the correlation between their state's standards for tested skills and skills developed in Big6 projects, and example lesson plans and handouts are included. The included CD-ROM contains information from the text." -

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"Well articulated, with an obvious focus on currency of technology and research, this new volume in the Big6 dominion is updated and useful. Jansen states that the current problem in our society is information overload, and that learning and teaching with the Big6 research skills is the smart solution. The first part of this manual offers a modern reiteration of the original Big6 skills while addressing current trends in instructional technologies and media communications. The author encourages readers to remind themselves and students that all research is rooted in context, and to 'anchor' themselves by keeping track of where they are within the process itself, and what the basic need (personal or curricular) is that led to implementing the Big6 skills. The second part of the book devotes one chapter to each of the Big6 steps and offers strategies for planning and instruction for each one. The third section provides several project organizers to copy for students as well as reproducibles to use as guides for collaboration, planning, and instruction. This is a huge resource that will be helpful to novices or to Big6 veterans who need a refresher." -

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"Jansen (U. of Texas at Austin School of Information) is a consultant in the Big6 method for teaching information and technology skills. In this book, she offers advice specific to 5th-9th grade classrooms and libraries. Readers will learn how to teach the method that organizes research and technology projects into six steps: task definition, information seeking strategies, location and access of information, use of information, synthesis, and evaluation. Charts help teachers gauge the correlation between their state's standards for tested skills and skills developed in Big6 projects, and example lesson plans and handouts are included. The included CD-ROM contains information from the text." - Reference & Research Book News

"Well articulated, with an obvious focus on currency of technology and research, this new volume in the Big6 dominion is updated and useful. Jansen states that the current problem in our society is information overload, and that learning and teaching with the Big6 research skills is the smart solution. The first part of this manual offers a modern reiteration of the original Big6 skills while addressing current trends in instructional technologies and media communications. The author encourages readers to remind themselves and students that all research is rooted in context, and to 'anchor' themselves by keeping track of where they are within the process itself, and what the basic need (personal or curricular) is that led to implementing the Big6 skills. The second part of the book devotes one chapter to each of the Big6 steps and offers strategies for planning and instruction for each one. The third section provides several project organizers to copy for students as well as reproducibles to use as guides for collaboration, planning, and instruction. This is a huge resource that will be helpful to novices or to Big6 veterans who need a refresher." - School Library Journal

About the Author:

Barbara A. Jansen is the chair of 1-12 Instructional Technology and upper school librarian at St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Austin, TX.

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