Practicum 590 Blog #5

Research begins to become a major part of education in middle school.  In 8th grade students begin using databases like the KYVL, but they do not know all the features, and need support.  This was one activity that I helped with during my practicum with my students and other students in the library.  Here is a video demonstrating one interaction.

I try to express to the students the importance of finding reliable sources, and the KYVL has some of the most reliable sources.  With the way technology is today, and how technology continues to change, helping students understand reliable sources is very important.

Research brings about citing sources, and this is difficult for many adults, so students have an even harder time understanding.  Showing students the tools to cite and check their sources helps students feel less overwhelmed.  Many teachers are not aware of the new tools to help with citing sources.

While research is not just for the library, the LMS can help support teachers and students.

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