Welcome to week 2 everyone! This week is all about utilizing online tools to find information in various formats. We have more information at our fingertips than at any time in history so having strategies for locating and curating information is key. It’s an important component of digital literacy, and essential when teaching students how to use the tools at their disposal 24/7.



To give you an idea of the vast amounts of information being shared and consumed online, check out the site called Internet Live Stats. You will get a real-time count of the number of internet users, websites, and Google searches happening at any given minute on the internet.






Online Research Tips:

In order to prepare you to take on the huge task of sifting through the internet I have put a few helpful sites below:

31 Google Advanced Search Tips

8 Ways to Hone your Fact Checking Skills

Pew Research Center


Tools for Curation:

When we research online it’s good to have strategies for keeping all of the goodies we find. I love using online curation sites to help keep myself organized. Here are my favorites:

Wakelet is one of my favorite curation tools because it allows you to keep all of the media you find in one convenient newsfeed. The link is sharable and they are also collaborative.

Padlet is another amazing tool because it’s like having a digital bulletin board categorized any way you choose. You can also use styles like mindmaps, shelves, or newsfeed when organizing your content. What a great way to sort and keep all of the research you gather!

This Week:

Check My Courses for your week 2 readings and blogging assignment. Don’t forget to allow commenting on your blog and leave helpful feedback for your peers as well. I have been very impressed with some of the amazing blogs posts I have seen this week. I am currently in Dubai on Chinese New Year vacation but will be reading and responding to your Week One assignments in the coming days.

I would also like to welcome a new participant to Online 11. Everyone, please welcome Colin Spitler to the fold. You can find his Twitter and blog on our cohorts blogs page!

As always, please feel free to email me with any concerns or questions. Happy Researching!