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Task:

Add a shortened version of the task and add full task document. Please spell check. update tags to reflect this task as it impacts search optimization.

Featured books:

Please add 5 books from the catalogue suited to this topic. Consider making purchase suggestions so that we can current print resources. When adding book from the catalogue please remove the ISBN and sort the list by call number to facilitate shelf location.

Please remove the ISBN details and just leave the year of publishing rather than a full date. Also please sort the list of books by shelf number.

Still need more? Use really simple and general terms.  Click on the Search box below:

Infographics:

Add 2-3 interesting graphics with a link going to the full online version if possible. Highlight one or two salient points the viewer should not miss. Please spread these infographics over the page and name each box accordingly.

Slideshow box - Make sure you rename it:

Interactives:

Find a quiz or an interactive map. Introduce a poll. Encourage students to become involved with their topic. Suggested quiz sites include:

Is there an interactive ClickView video you could create or highlight? I often search "student interactive" with the topic to see what pops up. ReadWriteThink has a whole collection of organizers which might apply. There might be a pre-made timeline, virtual tour or 3D panorama. You could create a simple survey by choosing the Add/Reorder box and select Poll. Here is an example below:

Which is the top Ancient Greek invention you couldn't live without?
Olympic Games: 1 votes (33.33%)
Maps: 0 votes (0%)
Music: 0 votes (0%)
Theatre: 0 votes (0%)
Alarm clock: 0 votes (0%)
Democracy: 2 votes (66.67%)
Mathematics: 0 votes (0%)
Wheelbarrow: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 3

Advanced image search:

Online encyclopaedia:

Online encyclopaedias are great for short, concise and reliable information. It may be best to access these articles from the Online encyclopaedias page through the Hale portal. Don't forget Britannica has ready made citations for you to use.



 
  • Variety of reading levels
  • Quality resources including text, images, videos and ‘Web’s Best Sites’
  • Read aloud facility
  • Size your font up or down
  • Ready-made citation

Suggested articles: Make this a floating box

One-stop Search

Research databases
Limit Your Results
Google Web Search

YouTube

Suggested websites:

Add a selection of quality links at an appropriate reading level. I prefer the summary information added as a hover text. This is where time and expertise is vital. Ask teachers for any of their favourites to include if possible. Check Weblinks. If you have a large list of contenders then consider sorting your links into multiple boxes.


 

Google search:

Google Web Search

It is important to refine your search terms as your understanding more about your topic. Make sure you check your focus questions or task sheet guidelines. It is often best to use Google Advanced Search to narrow your search further and save yourself time. 

Suggested videos:

Perhaps embed 2 of the best videos but add any others as a link with a suitable thumbnail image of its source (width 30) from our shared image folder - web icons. The 'best' videos should be at the top of your list of suggestions.

YouTube search:

YouTube

Tabbed box - change header to topic:

 

Could use a tabbed box to highlight a process or introduce main characters. Each tab has its its own rich content. 

 

Could add images or links. 

 

How about quotes and links to the sources?

 

These tabbed boxes are best for brief text or visual content. The training video talks about tabbed boxes at about 28:50 in.

Reference Generator:

It is important to provide evidence of using a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards. Click here for a Hale School guide to referencing.

REMEMBER! HALE USES HARVARD

A sample bibliography for 3 resources suggested on this page would look like:

3 correctly formatted citations - make this a floating box

  • Add your 3 correctly  formatted citations here
  • I cheat and use the ready made ones from encyclopaedias if available plus 1 other resource type e.g. image, YouTube etc.
  • Make sure you sort them alphabetically

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