Big6 Overview Big6â„¢ Trainers Program McDowell County Schools

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  • Big6 OverviewBig6 Trainers ProgramMcDowell County Schools

  • What are the skills students need to be successful in your classroom?

    What are the most important skills students need to be successful in the 21st Century?Discuss at your table

  • Information LiteracyThe new basic skills of the 21st century

  • Information Literacy To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. American Library Association, 1989 Information Literacy

  • Information PowerThe mission of the library-media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information.

    American Association of School Librarians, 1989

  • Big6A response to these needs An information problem-solving process modelA transferable process within which skills may be developed

  • Big6 Orientation: an overview What is Big6? Why Big6? Big6 Step-by-Step Big6 Resources

  • What is Big6?Information problem-solving process modelInstructional model that integratesCritical thinking skillsResearch skillsTechnology skills

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  • Why Big6?Matches Manatee County School District learning goals and objectives

    Provides consistent Information Literacy Skills instruction K-12

    Extensive support materials

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  • The Big6Focus on process as well as content The information problem-solving process: INFORMATION LITERACY

  • Themes of the Big6

    1. The Big6 process can be applied in all subjects, with students of all ages, and across all grade levels.

  • 2. The Big6 is an adaptable and flexible; it can be applied to any information situation.

    Themes of the Big6

  • Themes of the Big6

    3. Technology skills take on meaning within the Big6 process.

  • Themes of the Big6.

    4. The Big6 Skills is an ideal curriculum for integrating information literacy instruction with all subject area curricula at all grade levels.

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    5. The Big6 reflects critical thinking as an information problem-solving process

  • Themes of the Big6

    6. The Big6 process is necessary and sufficient for solving problems and completing tasks.

  • Overview: The Big6 ApproachA Six Stage ProcessPlanning, Doing, Reflecting

  • The Big6 Stage x StageTask DefinitionInformation Seeking StrategiesLocation and AccessUse of InformationSynthesisEvaluation

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  • Planning StagesTask DefinitionWhat is the Big question you must answer?What info do you need to complete taskInformation Seeking StrategyWhat are possible sources of infoWhich sources are bestWhat are the access keys

  • Doing StagesLocation and AccessWhere are the resources located?Use info tools to access the resourcesUse of InformationEngage the informationAssess the informationTake notesSynthesisOrganize the ideas & informationShare

  • Reflection StageEvaluationProductProcess

  • Super 3

    Plan (Beginning)Do (Middle)Review (End)

  • Problem-Solving Process Research Skills Reading Skills Technology Skills Thinking Skills

  • Problem-Solving Process: Skills FrameworkOne framework, many skillsResearch Skills Reading SkillsThinking SkillsTechnology SkillsAuthentic, integrated context

  • Implementation: CONTEXT is the KEYWARNING! Teaching information & technology skills out of context is hazardous to your students health.

  • Implementation: CONTEXT is the KEYcurriculum - real needs in real situations assignments: papers, reports, projects units and lessons

  • The Big6: Instructional FocusProcess, not just productAnswering Big questions, not just finding factsTeaching skills in a larger contextTeaching research, technology, and thinking skills

  • Teacher SupportCollaboration and curriculum mappingReduce plagiarismPlanning formsPathfindersWebsitesTeach the Big6Big 6 icons on Inspirations software

  • Big6 ResourcesPrint materialsBooksArticlesOtherOnline materialsOfficial Big6 sitesOtherVideo materialsCourse materialsWeb siteCD

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  • Big6 Website Users Survey November 2000Impact of the Big6Focused instructionReduced student anxietyIncreased student confidence

  • Conclusion

    Think Big(6)!

  • Implementation: Staff Focus (example)Presentations during staff meetingsTraining sessions on workshop daysMonthly newsletter Collaboration with individual teachers and teams to Incorporate Big6 Skills into instruction

  • Implementation: Student Focus (example)In School Library and Technology CentersBig6 Skill BrochuresBig6 PosterResearch Guides In the Classrooms

  • www.Big6.org

    Big 6 Survey in November 2000Main reason as to why respondents like the Big 6:helps teachers, students, librarian to focus the instructionreduces student anxiety about an assignmentIncreases student confidence to do well

    Super 3 Plan Beginning : choosing a color, what toy to play with, what book to read,Do - MiddleReview End

    Gets the younger kids to think in terms of processImagine themselves as the main character in a story, how does the character solve the problem?Rubberstamps to cite sources book, person, computerHow we can help teachers promote learning

    Collaboration: Get involved at grade-level team meetings.Create a well-defined task Aligned with standards, essential questionsSocial Studies EALR > Enduring Understanding > Essential Question > Big 6

    Plagiarism: Tasks that require critical thinking skills, less fact reporting Do an animal report.Change the Task Ask the essential question not get information about.Change the Product newsletter, brochure, want ad, interview, picture book, PPT, Skit, rap song

    Planning forms

    Pathfinders: used by libraries and librarians since the 1970s. Web-based pathfinders can be created to help patrons access information from a variety of sources within and beyond the library.When used with student researchers, a carefully constructed pathfinder can guide students to quality resources, saving the time and frustration often encountered in Internet searching http://nb.wsd.wednet.edu/lmc/pathfinders/pathfinder.htm

    Websites

    November 2000