Thursday, June 5, 2008 - InfoTech High School - Room 217

Brian Mull of November Learning

How do we boost teacher/student Web literacy while using the Internet to enrich classroom instruction? Today's workshop will focus on on helping both teachers and students effectively find, sort, and evaluate information on the Web and illustrates how to use the Internet as a powerful tool for strengthening critical thinking skills across all content areas and grade levels. We will use Alan November's methods to conduct smarter, faster, and more productive student research and his basic steps to help learners judge information for quality and validity. We will cover formative assessments, need-to-know information for students, a out-of-school, unfiltered research, tips for addressing plagiarism and commonly-used terminology.

Brian Mull's Wikispace for Today's Workshop


Areas of Concern:

  • Understanding the medium and what it gives us
  • Self representation
  • Being ethical
  • Bullying

See the one hour long episode from Frontline on Brian's wikispace.

Brian's Resources - Search the history of any website - Brian's website - Fans of books and tv shows can post their own stories based on their favorite characters.

Copyrights and Licensing Issues

Creative Commons - How to Get a Copyright on Your Photos
What is Covered by CopyRight? - What Works Are Protected?
Copyright protects “original works of authorship” that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. The fixation need not be directly perceptible so long as it may be communicated with the aid of a machine or device. Copyrightable works include the following categories:
  1. literary works;
  2. musical works, including any accompanying words
  3. dramatic works, including any accompanying music
  4. pantomimes and choreographic works
  5. pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
  6. motion pictures and other audiovisual works
  7. sound recordings
  8. architectural works

Useful Search Engines other than Google. - Every site on "Ask" has been looked at by a human being. - All results come from designated reference sources which are clearly cited - see "CITE" button next to result. - allows you to decide which search engine to use for primary source information - requires more critical thinking in searching for data

Brian's Suggestions to Search More Efficiently and Minimize Plagarism

1. Ask Better Questions

Example - "Compare and Contrast the Statue of Liberty to the Greek Goddess Athena." - put in "statue of liberty" athena - "athena group" You will narrow down your search results.

2. Search Sources with Different Perspectives

Example - What is the British perspective on the American Revolution? search in the advanced function using the county codes.

3. Know your Common Domain Names and Definitions

.edu - education
.gov - government

Remember: You can search on in advanced function if you use the following protocol - Example = mars and you will only get government websites.

4. Research the source of the url

Example - - Search of show Zapatopi Productions - Creators of Conspiracies

5. Research the Author

Example - Lyle Zapato - click on his name for his bio.
Use - to find out the author of a website

Fostering Student Responsibility - allows you to record anything on your screen as an online tutorial. Ten minute limit? - same concept. He recommends jing. -hosts jings

Official Scribes

Google Docs
Darren Kurapatwa - Scribe of the Day


Google -
Google News - - only searches news sources
Google Reader -
Google Custom Search Engine - - can build a search engine appropriate to specific topics or grades.

Collaboration Coordinators

Arapahoe High School