Tuesday, Feb. 18th & Wednesday, Feb. 19th

Choosing our topics
Joining the Ning

Continue Investigating the project
Read the project description of the Flat Connections Global Project
As you read put your questions or comments in the following google doc

Handshake on the NING
Take a look at some other "handshakes" on the NING and post your own
Title the Blog Post entry Handshake to FCP 14-1
Make sure you include
1)important aspects of your life, (age, siblings, hobbies)
2) school experience,
3) comment on why you believe cross national and international collaboration and communication is important

Thursday, Feb. 20th
Commenting on other members of your teams Handshake-meeting your team

Friday, Feb. 21st

Storyboarding and shooting our classroom introduction piece for ning

Monday, Feb. 24th

Some of the class will finish filming our intro (Mat and those who have not been filmed yet)
Everyone else will go to the Ning and check on team members status
Finally we will begin our own research on our assigned topics and begin sharing it in this spreadsheet
Each topic has its own page so be aware of where you are putting your citations
Sub topics: Impact on Society and Global Community, Environmental Impact, Geopolitical impact, Impact on work, employment, and vocation, Impact on education at all levels, Impact on the Individual, and their place and role in the world

Tuesday, Feb. 25th

Today-EACH member of the class should find 2 articles and put them in the spreadsheet
This is for a grade :) so please finish this by the end of the period.

Be sure to also check on the Ning site for messages and new "friends" in the project.


Wednesday, Feb. 26th

How we do searches-some tips! Much needed for research and especially college bound seniors!
Re-doing yesterday's searches using some of the tips below. Find a new resource using these tips and save it to the spreadsheet above.

Try Different Search Engines

Use tabbed browsing to open multiple search engines at once.
Try the exact same search terms in each search engine and compare the results.

Most popular: Google, Yahoo, Bing, Ask, AOL (powered by Google)

Cuil "ranks pages based on popularity and relevance"
Kartoo "draws a semantic map to see the topics and refine your search"

Dogpile searches Google, Yahoo, Bing, and Ask all at once
Metacrawler searches Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask, and About all at once
Clusty "searches top search engines, combines the results, and generates an ordered list based on comparative ranking"

Still Not Sure Which Search Engines to Use?

Go to Choose the Best Search for Your Information Need
Or use the NoodleQuest

Use Advanced Search Strategies in Google

Add the following modifiers to limit your seach results.
Also, try the "Advanced Search" options.
After you've done a search, try clicking the "Show options" buttons at the top of the results list to limit by type, time, format, and/or content.
Once you find a good website in the list of results, you can click "similar" to find more like it.
Phrase Search
Include an exact phrase
Put quotation marks around your search terms
Caution: using phrase search may cause you to miss some results by accident, for example, "Alexander Bell" will omit pages that contain "Alexander G. Bell"
"The Beatles"
"George Washington"
Positive Terms
Search exactly as is
Add a plus (+) sign in front of the words you definitely want to include
Henry +VIII
Negative Terms
Terms you want to exclude
Add a minus (-) sign in front of the words related to the meaning you want to avoid
salsa -dance
OR Search
Find pages that include either of two search terms
Add an uppercase OR between the terms
Istanbul OR Constantinople
Domain Searches
Search within one specific website

Specifiy a whole class of sites
Include the word "site" and a colon followed by the site name

Or include the word "site" and a colon followed by the desired domain type
site:www.cnn.com
site:nytimes.com
site:.edu
site:.gov
Fill in the Blanks
Find pages with information to fill in missing words
Use an asterisk (*) as a placeholder for any unknown terms
Shakespeare married * in *
Occurrences
Specify where your search term occurs on the page
Include the modifier "intitle" or "inurl" followed by a colon and the word you want to specify
intitle:literature
inurl:wiki
Similar Words
Searches for similar words or synonyms to your search terms
Add a tilde (~) in front of the search term
search ~tips
File Search
Searches for specified file format
Include the modifier "filetype" followed by a colon and the abbreviation for the kind of file you want
filetype:pdf
filetype:ppt
Linked Pages
Find pages that link to a specific site
Include the word "link" followed by a colon and the url of the site
link:npr.org
Related Search
Find web pages that are similar or related to the url
Include the word "related" followed by a colon and the url of the site
related:bbc.co.uk
Definition
Define a word or term
Use the word "define" followed by a colon and the word or term you want defined
define:epistemology
The chart above was created based on the Google resources listed at the bottom of this page.

Evaluate the Websites You've Found

The online resources you use to answer your research question should be . . .
Timely
Relevant
Valid
Reliable
Credible


Thursday, Feb. 27th & Friday, Feb. 28th

First: Film the last part of your video introduction for the Ning.

Second: By now your team members should be on the Ning, use this time to find others on your team and share with one other person the best article you have found and start a discussion around that article in relation to your topic.
What new insights does the article provide? What context does the article provide?