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Teaching students how to research often involves what not to do as much as what they should do. That is, don’t take credit for ideas that aren’t yours. Today we have unprecedented access to information, which can make it tempting to not credit a source, or to commit unintentional plagiarism. You can find lots of […]

By now you’re surely familiar with Google Book Search, the project to digitize and display millions of books, which began in 2004. You’ve doubtless noticed that ordinary Google searches now turn up results from books, so that a student’s search for “Silas Marner” will point her not just to Wikipedia, but to the text and […]

Some people discourage you, telling you not to “reinvent the wheel.” Other people will give you too much encouragement, saying “build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” Do not listen to either of these people. Both are trying to distract you with nonsensical feedback while they secretly steal […]

Many teachers worry about their students’ reliance on Google as a way of finding information. If you can’t get them to become library junkies, you can at least prove to them that how they do research affects what information they find. A neat little visualization tool called Thumbshots.com Ranking can help.The Ranking tool allows you […]

Whenever I hear of a new study connecting something terrible to something we used to think was safe, I think of the Wizard of Oz. Even after Dorothy reveals that old Oz is a fraud, he insists that she “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” Though our imaginations may be eager to […]

With so much information available online, the printed newspaper might not have much time left. In the information age, opening the paper today to read about what happened yesterday seems incredibly slow. They’re not searchable, and their size is unwieldy for folks used to reading news on a laptop or iPhone. Plus they generate waste, […]

Earlier we told you about Diigo (Digest of Internet Information, Groups, and Other stuff). Today, you’ll learn about the Groups part of the name. In addition to having awesome annotation tools, it also has a lot of great ways to share information with others, formal and informal. First you can send bookmarks not just to […]

Instructify is finally letting me share information about one of my favorite online tools, Diigo. Diigo is a social bookmarking tool, but so much more. In addition to letting you bookmark pages, you can also annotate them. There are two tools you can use for this, highlighting and comments. Highlighting lets you highlight the actual […]

Visual Web searching is apparently the hot new trend (see previous entries on Cuil and RedZee). If you’d rather get your search results in pictures instead of words, you should definitely have a look at Searchme, by far the most visually impressive visual search engine. Searchme takes a page from iTunes’ Cover Flow interface. And […]

Pencils? Check. Notebooks? Check. Online word processor application? Check. In addition to standbys like pens, pads, and the ever-popular Trapper Keeper, today’s learners need a new set of school supplies, too.  These tools enable students to take advantage of the new learning possibilities the Web has to offer, such as making research easier, or finding […]