Thursday, December 20, 2012

Greece & Rome travel project

Your assignment

Since you will document your research before compiling your video, Please consult electronic resources including, Destiny, and the database page. Instructions fro accessing the database page are here.

Destiny Quest

By now, you should have the the app on your device. If not, here are the instructions to download it. We have lots of eBooks on Greece and Rome in the online catalog. Be sure to use the "Digital Resources" tab to locate electronic content. We have a new tutorial that shows students how to navigate the different eBook platforms. It follows.


Since you will be documenting your work, please use EasyBib. You should collaborate your bibliography with your group-mates and Ms. Macomber.

The recommended databases for this project follow:
        • ABC-CLIO World History: Ancient Civilizations
        • ABC-CLIO Daily Life Throughout History
        • History in Context
        • Ancient & Medieval World (Marshall Cavendish)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Crucible

You've all had a few days to explore connections between The Crucible and the real world, and it's time to give us an update. You have some deadlines this week. Please log in to your @ncps-k12.org Google Apps account to enter your responses to the following questions on the following dates. You can update your responses any time. 
  1. December 14: What is your research topic?
  2. December 18, 2012: What keywords are working for you?
  3. December 20, 2012: What is your research question?
  4. January 4, 2013: What is your thesis statement? 



RESOURCES: 
Download the app for Destiny Quest to your device to locate print and electronic books. (instructions for configuring the app)

If using a computer, be sure to sign-in so you can access digital content. Print resources are under the Titles page. Electronic resources, including websites and eBooks are under the Digital Resources page (tutorial).


By now, you should remember the school library's generic log-on information for the database page, but just in case, here is a link to the NCHS library Quick Guide. The following databases are recommended for this project:
        • ProQuest National Newspapers (major newspapers from today)
        • ProQuest Historical Newspapers (NYT + Hartford Courant since 1763)
        • NewsStand (thousands of contemporary newspapers & magazines)
        • Opposing Viewpoints (pro/cons on topics + supporting resources)
        • ABC-CLIO Issues (just like above, but different vendor)
        • ABC-CLIO American Government (useful for documents)
        • Annals of American History (primary source database - goes way back in U.S. History) 
        • Roper iPoll (public opinion survey)

DOCUMENTATION:
This 2-minute video will give you quick overview of how to create, group, and share your notes in EasyBib. Use this Note-Taking Rubric (left, below) as a guide when creating your notes. Consult the examples to guide you (right, below).




EasyBib Note D


EasyBib Note C

Ms. Swan will begin working with you on your infographic on Wednesday, December 19th. In the meantime, continue to research and take your notes in EasyBib. 

Contemporary Issues Inquiry

Your Assignment

To help prepare sophomores for their junior research paper in the upcoming year, Mr. Luongo gives them a small research assignment. It is fairly manageable, because the topics are pre-selected, and the resources are established ahead of time. It is Mr. Luongo's aim to have students focus on reading, rather than the research process. 

The only two resources students will need to consult are the New York Times Room for Debate (NYT) and Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center (OVRC). If you run out of free articles in the New York Times, search the National Newspapers database for the article you need (it's in the database list). This year's topics follow:

  1. We need to change the culture (NYT) + Bullying (OVRC)
  2. Is Organic Food Worth the Expense?  (NYT) + Organic food (OVRC)
  3. What to do with drivers on the phone? (NYT)  + Texting While Driving (OVRC)
  4. Rejecting the "Real" Family (NYT)  + Same-Sex Marriage (OVRC)
  5. Animals do not Have Rights (NYT)  + Animal Rights  (OVRC)
  6. Not all Drugs are Created Equal (NYT)  + Marijuana (OVRC) 

To access Opposing Viewpoints, please consult the database page at nchslibrary.info. Here is the user name and password to access the database page. 
The ID for Gale products (Opposing Viewpoints is a Gale product) is here
The Gale topics are set up with pro and con essays, then a number of additional articles. 







Students will be expected to document their research process in EasyBib. The school has a premium EasyBib account that can only be accessed through Google Apps (example) You can copy and paste database citations into EasyBib (tutorial). For New York Times resources, use the guidelines below.



This 2-minute video will give you quick overview of how to create, group, and share your notes in EasyBib: 





Use this Note-Taking Rubric as a guide when creating your notes:







 













Here are a few helpful screenshots:
EasyBib Note D


EasyBib Note C





  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for handwritten notes (in class handout). 
  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for typed notes (Adobe Acrobat.pdf - will not work on IOS mobile device, such as iPad, iPhone, iPod)
  • You must share your EasyBib notes with Mr. Luongo. Here's how: 






  • To access opposing Viewpoints Resource Center on your mobile device, download the Gale/Cengage AccessMyLibrary: School Edition app to your device.






    Disney Movie Proposal

    Your Assignment

    Post in progress. Please be patient.

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

    Foreign Policy Research Paper

    ROTHSCHILD'S ASSIGNMENT
    FINE'S ASIGNMENT

    INTEGRITY

    Cautionary tale about documenting research:
    Listen to this radio clip from NPR to help you better understand the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing.
    Key Terms: 



    It is essential for you to enter your sources into EasyBib as you work. You will need them later for your notes. There are a few new tricks in EasyBib that you will like:
    1. You can automatically export ABC-CLIO citations to EasyBib (tutorial)
    2. You can copy and paste database citations into EasyBib (tutorial)
    3. You can collaborate EasyBib bibliographies with other @ncps-k12.org community members (tutorial)


    RESOURCES: 

    Download the app for Destiny Quest to your device to locate print and electronic books. (instructions for configuring the app)


    If using a computer, be sure to sign-in so you can access digital content. Print resources are under the Titles page. Electronic resources, including websites and eBooks are under the Digital Resources page (tutorial).


    By now, you should remember the school library's generic log-on information for the database page, but just in case, here is a link to the NCHS library Quick Guide. The following databases are recommended for this project:
          • ProQuest Newspapers
          • NewsStand
          • Opposing Viewpoints
          • ABC-CLIO Issues
          • ABC-CLIO American Government
          • Roper iPoll
          • Historical New York Times (where appropriate)
    You can cross-search all contemporary periodical databases in Destiny Quest by clicking on the OneSearch tab in your search results

    Download the Gale/Cengage AccessMyLibrary: School Edition app to your device (instructions for configuring the app).

    RESOURCE EVALUATION:

    Comprehensive research & resource evaluation (tutorial in development)


    • Open-source reference (Wikipedia)
    • Balance
      • Anecdote - humanizes your work
      • Fact
        • Statistics (you can specifically search for these in databases)
      • Opinion
        • Public opinion (Roper iPoll)
        • OP-ED (you can specifically search for these in databases)
        • Be aware of periodical 
    • CRAAP test (Mr. Staffaroni's) Let's try it!
    • Sample bibliography
    INQUIRY:
    Please sign-in to your Google Apps account (firstname.lastname@ncps-k12.org) to enter your research question below. You will need to edit and revise this as your progress with your inquiry.



    List of research questions for 1st semester research papers (teachers only).


    REFINING QUESTION:

    You should fine-tune your research question as you learn more. Here is a link to a video that will explain this process. Be sure to update your entries in the above form.

    DOCUMENTATION:

    This 2-minute video will give you quick overview of how to create, group, and share your notes in EasyBib: 





    Use this Note-Taking Rubric as a guide when creating your notes:






     










    Here are a few helpful screenshots:

    EasyBib Note D


    EasyBib Note C









  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for handwritten notes (in class handout). 
  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for typed notes (Adobe Acrobat.pdf - will not work on IOS mobile device, such as iPad, iPhone, iPod)
  • In-text, or embedded citations:


    ANNOTATION:

    In addition to the complete bibliographical information (author, title, publisher and date, etc), you must also include an annotation - an evaluation of each resource (150 words or less) that should include at least four of the following:



    • Author: Authority, experience, or qualifications of the author
    • Purpose: Why did the author write this?
    • Scope: Breadth or depth of coverage (Is this work very in-depth? Does it cover a wide range of topics?), topics included, etc.
    • Audience: For whom was it written (general public, subject specialists, students…)?
    • Viewpoint: What is the author’s perspective or approach (school of thought, etc.)? Do you detect an unacknowledged bias, or find any undefended assumptions?
    • Sources: Does the author cite other sources? Is it based on the author’s own research? Is it personal opinion? …
    • Conclusion: What does the author conclude. Is the conclusion justified by the work?
    • Features: Any significant extras, e.g. visual aids (charts, maps, etc.), reprints of source documents, an annotated bibliography
    • Comparison: How does it relate to other works on the topic: does it agree or disagree with another author or a particular school of thought; are there other works which would support or dispute it? (How to Write)
    • Reliability and date: How up-to-date is the resource and how do you know it is reliable?
    • An annotation is evaluative. In addition to a description, it offers a brief critical assessment of the publication, assessing its relevance, accuracy, reliability, or usefulness for a particular audience or purpose.

    Friday, November 16, 2012

    Homeland Security

    IDEAS
    We are looking for themes explored in Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Possibilities include...
    • Homeland security - i.e., Patriot Act, etc. 
    • Ethnic profiling - i.e., Impact of 9/11 etc. 
    • Federal disaster relief efforts - i.e., Hurricane Katrina, FEMA etc. 
    • Civil Rights - i.e., due process, Miranda Rights etc. 
    • More ideas

    INTEGRITY
    Cautionary tale about documenting research:
    Listen to this radio clip from NPR to help you better understand the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing.
    Key Terms: 


    It is essential for you to enter your sources into EasyBib as you work. You will need them later for your notes. There are a few new tricks in EasyBib that you will like:
    1. You can automatically export ABC-CLIO citations to EasyBib (tutorial)
    2. You can copy and paste database citations into EasyBib (tutorial)
    3. You can collaborate EasyBib bibliographies with other @ncps-k12.org community members (tutorial)

    RESOURCES: 
    Download the app for Destiny Quest to your device to locate print and electronic books. (instructions for configuring the app)
    If using a computer, be sure to sign-in so you can access digital content. Print resources are under the Titles page. Electronic resources, including websites and eBooks are under the Digital Resources page (tutorial).

    By now, you should remember the school library's generic log-on information for the database page, but just in case, here is a link to the NCHS library Quick Guide. The following databases are recommended for this project:
          • ProQuest Newspapers
          • NewsStand
          • Opposing Viewpoints
          • ABC-CLIO Issues
          • ABC-CLIO American Government
          • Roper iPoll
          • Historical New York Times (where appropriate)
    You can cross-search all contemporary periodical databases in Destiny Quest by clicking on the OneSearch tab in your search results

    Download the Gale/Cengage AccessMyLibrary: School Edition app to your device (instructions for configuring the app).

    RESOURCE EVALUATION:
    Comprehensive research & resource evaluation (tutorial in development)

    • Open-source reference (Wikipedia)
    • Balance
      • Anecdote - humanizes your work
      • Fact
        • Statistics (you can specifically search for these in databases)
      • Opinion
        • Public opinion (Roper iPoll)
        • OP-ED (you can specifically search for these in databases)
        • Be aware of periodical 
    • CRAAP test (Mr. Staffaroni's)
    INQUIRY:
    Please sign-in to your Google Apps account (firstname.lastname@ncps-k12.org) to enter your research question below. You will need to edit and revise this as your progress with your inquiry.



    List of research questions for 1st semester research papers (teachers only).

    REFINING QUESTION:
    You should fine-tune your research question as you learn more. Here is a link to a video that will explain this process. Be sure to update your entries in the above form.

    DOCUMENTATION:
    This 2-minute video will give you quick overview of how to create, group, and share your notes in EasyBib: 





    Use this Note-Taking Rubric as a guide when creating your notes:






     











    Here are a few helpful screenshots:
    EasyBib Note D



    EasyBib Note C


    To practice correct note-taking skills, read this report from the state of Louisiana and complete the Notecard Handout provided. Remember to use the Note-Taking Rubric as a guide when making your notes. 




  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for handwritten notes (in class handout). 
  • Link to EasyBib note-taking template for typed notes (Adobe Acrobat.pdf - will not work on IOS mobile device, such as iPad, iPhone, iPod)
  • Thursday, November 1, 2012

    Film and Lit Digital Storyboards

    Your Assignment 

    The Cinematic Storytelling Packet is a valuable resource for the project. Be sure to use it as a guide during your brainstorms, storyboarding, and filming.

    Below is the storyboard template frame you will be using. Insert your photos, add cinematic storytelling effects, and devote time to dive into the details of each shot. Spending time to pre-plan shots and create a purposeful storyboard will show in your finished trailers. Be creative in story frames and try to be as detailed as possible to bring each frame to life. Do not begin to storyboard in the original template file (this will leave other groups without a clean template to work from). Please COPY, RENAME, and SHARE the template file before you start working (instructions in the second video below).



    The following video tutorials will explain how to use the Google Drive app and Google Presentation to create a collaborative digital storyboard before filming your suspense movie trailer.

    Sharing Pictures with the Google Drive App

    Creating a Digital Storyboard with Google Presentation

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    Jackson Murder Mystery

    Your Assignment (must log into Google Docs to view)

    Books:
    We have an excellent book collection for this project - in both print and eBook format. You must use the online catalog to access them, which means that you need to sign in with your NCPS network log on.
    UN: firstname.lastname PW: your personal network password



    Databases: 
    Be sure to consult the database page or your planner for user names and passwords!


    • ABC-CLIO - American History
    • ABC-CLIO - American Government
    • Annals of American History (see below)
    • Biography in Context
    • Encyclopaedia Britannica
    • History in Context
    • Historical Hartford Courant
      Annals of American History 




      Keep track of sources as you go!

      We now have EasyBib premium. All you need to do to access it is to log into Google Apps, scroll down, click on EasyBib, and click Google. That's it! And BTW, there is an EasyBib app. 


      EasyBib's video instructions for the app:




      Monday, October 1, 2012

      Baghdad/Cairo Museum Project

      What tabs should we have open when we start research? Answer

      Listen to this radio clip from NPR to help you better understand the difference between plagiarism and paraphrasing


      Key Terms for today's lesson:



      Plagiarize: Definition
      Paraphrase: Definition
      Common Knowledge: Definition





      Pop Quiz! 
      93% of New Canaan High School students attend a 4-year university after graduation. Common Knowledge or information needing a citation?



      Use this Note-Taking Rubric as a guide when creating your notes:





       







      Here are a few helpful screenshots:



      This 2-minute video will give you quick overview of how to create, group, and share your notes in EasyBib: 


      To practice correct note-taking skills, read the highlighted section of Thieves of Baghdad and complete the Notecard Handout provided. Remember to use the Note-Taking Rubric as a guide when making your notes. 





      NEW! Came across this great iPad app, thanks to @AuntyTech on Twitter :-) Qwiki - looks great for this project!

      Search terms that help you find PERSIA+GT (see left sidebar, PERISA+GT, for more)
      • Political - politic* OR gov*
      • Economic - econ* OR trade*
      • Religious - religio* OR god*
      • Social - soci* OR famil*OR marriage OR divorce OR child
      • Aesthetic - art* OR pyramid*OR architect*
      • Geography - geolog* OR topogra*OR arable OR farm OR agricult* OR transport*
      • Technological - tech* OR tool* 
      Online library catalog:


      Did you know... it's the only place to access our 1,400 eBooks? 
      Did you know....it's a great place to search for database articles
      NCHS research starts with Destiny!

      You can search for your city by name.

      We recommend the following databases (remember, you can search these in Destiny!):
      Log to access database page (Do not use your personal user name and password. See pg 45 of your planner if you can't remember the authentication information).
      • Gale Virtual Reference Library (App available!)
      • History in Context (can limit search to images)
      • ABC-CLIO (can limit search to images)
      • NewsStand (current news) 


        ***Start with these resources on your assignment:
        Additional search terms: Mesopotamia*, Tigris, Euphrates, Sumer*. Babylon*. Hittit*, Assyria*, Persia*

        * = Truncation symbol. Truncation symbols will provide variant spelling after the root word. 

        Example: god* = god, goddess, gods


        We now have EasyBib premium. All you need to do to access it is to log into Google Apps, scroll down, click on EasyBib, and click Google. That's it! (video tutorial at the bottom of this post)

        NEW! EasyBib has a note-taking tool to help keep track of your artifacts (ancient items) and evaluate which best represent the contributions of your early civilization.


        Accessing EasyBib.com Premium when Your School has a Google Apps Domain from michelle luhtala on Vimeo.
        Use this tutorial if your school has a Google Apps domain and a premium EasyBib account, and you haven't yet signed into your account.

        And BTW, there is an EasyBib app. 

        EasyBib's video instructions for the app: