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Need Support with Information Literacy: IRIS is a Great Place to Start

The research process is so comprehensive that although you know what you want your students to do, they are often at such varying levels of ability and understanding that beginning a research project can be overwhelming for you and for them. Since Information Literacy is such a major part of the 21st century research process, students must have a working understanding of how to put the pieces of the research puzzle together.

Choose from a variety of modules to support your students through each stage of the research process.

IRIS, the Seattle Community Colleges Information, Research, and Instruction Site, provides students with multiple modules to complete on everything from the research process, to analyzing sources.  There are even modules on plagiarism, primary and secondary sources, and how to explore a variety of different print and non-print sources.  IRIS also has quizzes that students can take after they complete the tutorials so that they can assess their understanding of a topic.

There are multiple classroom implications for this site.  First, teachers can differentiate and assign modules as students need them. They can also jigsaw these modules and have students share what they learn with classmates.  Or, students could complete specific modules simultaneously and discuss their impact on the research they are doing.  No matter how students use this site, they will find an easy to navigate, student-friendly resource for understanding the research process.

I read through several of the modules and found that they are appropriate for high school students, and with some support most middle school students can handle these modules.


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Understanding the Standards

On August 26, 2011, NCDPI released the Understanding the Standards module.  This module provides an overview of the new standards, instructional support tools, and timeline.  After a brief overview, content-area teachers can complete specific module sections on the subject areas of their choice.  These content-specific sections provide clear examples of the major differences in the standards as well as the difference in student expectations.

Understanding the Standards lends itself to a blended approach of professional development.  The module provides interactive activities and questions best explored in small groups.

Access Understanding the Standards by using your NC Registration ID at https://center.ncsu.edu/nc.  Click “New Standards” and “Understanding the Standards.”  This module will help you get started in your journey to understand and implement the new Common Core State Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards.

If you have questions, please contact me!  heather.mullins@dpi.nc.gov

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