"Teach Your Students How to Dumpster Dive" was the name of my presentation at the San Gabriel Valley CUE Tech Fair on October 18. My session was on how to teach students to be expert researchers and great content creators. I also focused on the concepts of copyright, fair use, free to reuse, and public domain since most students (and even many teachers) don't understand that the Internet is not a free buffet where you eat without paying the bill. The goal is to teach students how to sift through the trash to find the treasure.
Incidentally, while searching for a good (free to reuse) image for my presentation, I discovered that dumpster diving is considered a recreational activity for some and a philosophical way of living for others. The latter group are known as freegans, people who adhere to an anti-consumerist lifestyle. But I digress....
In addition to explaining how to use Google Advanced Search, I also wanted to build a list of credible websites that teachers and students could use.
Below is the list I'm developing. I plan to add to it if I come across anything new.
Nope. Kidshealth.org is not on the list by mistake. In my class, my students learn about disabilities while reading Daniel Keyes' "Flowers for Algernon," and that's where they go to find articles about the different disabilities that people have. I like the fact that it's medical information written in language that kids can understand. Plus, all articles are reviewed by doctors so I take that as an opportunity to discuss with my students the importance of discerning true medical facts from myths written by people outside of the profession.
I hope this list is helpful. If you have a great website to share, please add it as a comment.