No matter what search engine you're using, the number one factor that guides their algorithms are the terms you enter in the search box. Yet, the one search strategy too often under utilized is identifying and using alternate terms.
I recommend the concise video tutorial below, created by the UNC Writing Center. All of their resources are great, plus they're creative commons licensed!
The tutorial models adding synonyms and narrower and broader terms. and walks students through the process using their own search needs.
Many students will additionally benefit with strategies for finding the terms they're adding. A few suggestions include:
One Look: Reverse Dictionary (word for phrase) and Thesaurus
Phrase Thesaurus: Phrase for word.
Wordnik Definitions, examples and related words.
More information about search and additional strategies can be found HERE. As always, I'm here to answer any questions and assist you and your students!
Hi all! The first time I tried back channeling, a "writing" discussion instead of a "speaking" discussion, I was blown away by the students who all of a sudden, so to speak, spoke up! I also loved that I had a record of the discussion, and could later on one to one conference with students who in some way weren't getting it. Today's Meet, my tool of choice, is no longer available, but Yo Teach is just as good! To begin, go to Yo Teach and create a room, where the discussion will take place, by giving it a title and description. The title needs to be unique, so you may have to try a few times! Next, I recommend enabling admin features, which allows you to: mute or remove students from a discussion, delete your room, and view student participation statistics. By checking off "hide from search results" access is limited to those with the direct URL. You'll need to create a password to access admin features, however, it's your choice as to whether students will need an entry password to get into the room. If you decide to make your room searchable, I'd recommend enabling an entry password, or you can share room with students via URL or QR code.
There are a variety of ways one might incorporate back channeling; I like to create a Twitter chat type scenario, where I send out discussion prompts as Q's, and students either answer the prompt or address another students post. We review the following expectations before beginning the discussion.
As the year ends, "best of" lists fill media outlets. Below are a collection of 2018's best book lists, plus a few other best's for your perusal,,, and inspiration!
Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction Shortlist
Amazon Best Young Adult
Amazon Best Books of the Year
The Atlantic: The 19 Best Books of 2018
Audible: Best Audio Books of the Year
Barnes & Noble Best Young Adult
Barnes and Noble Best Fiction
Barnes and Noble Best Fiction & Nonfiction
Buzzfeed Best YA 2018
Goodreads Choice Awards, by category
Library Journal: Best Books 2018
Library Reads Favorite of Favorites
New York Public Library Best Books for Teens
New York Public Library Best Books of 2018
The New York Times Best Books of 2018
Times New York Times Critics Top Books of 2018
The New Yorker Best books of 2018
NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide to 2018's Great Reads
Code Switch's 2018 Book Guide
School Library Journal's Best Books 2018
School Library Journal's Top 10 Graphic Novels 2018
School Library Journal's Top 10 Audio books
The Smithsonian's Best Books of 2018
YALSA's 2019 Morris Award Finalists
YALSA's 2019 Excellence in Nonfiction Award Finalists
Smithsonian's 10 Best Board Games of 2018
Wired's The 10 Best (Video) Games of 2018, and Yes They're Ranked
The Most Popular TED Talks of 2018
Curator's Picks: Top Ten TED Talks of 2018
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