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Pathfinders. Guiding students through information resources Jason Everett - ESU 10. Pathfinders. Introduction Pathfinder Content Samples Why use Pathfinders? Creating your own Pathfinder Promoting use. Introduction. A Pathfinder is a tool to organize resources for a topic.

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pathfinders

Pathfinders

Guiding students through information resources

Jason Everett - ESU 10

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Pathfinders
  • Introduction
  • Pathfinder Content
  • Samples
  • Why use Pathfinders?
  • Creating your own Pathfinder
  • Promoting use
introduction
Introduction
  • A Pathfinder is a tool to organize resources for a topic.
  • Pathfinders help direct students to find information that is relevant to the topic they are researching or that is being taught.
  • Pathfinders can easily be updated to account for changes in the resources available.
suggested content
Suggested Content
  • Introduction to the Topic
  • Dewy Decimal Numbers
  • Keywords and phrases
  • Print resources - Books, Periodicals
  • Non-print resources - Video, CD
  • Internet resources - Web sites, Searches
  • Community resources
  • Standards
samples
Samples
  • Human Body Systems
    • http://pio.wsd.wednet.edu/library/body/bodypf.html
  • AP Art History
    • http://www3.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/wjhs/mediactr/artpathfinder/apart/index.html
  • Index of:
    • http://www.potamusplace.net/pathfinder.shtml
  • The Internet Public Library
    • http://www.ipl.org/div/pf/
why use pathfinders
Why use Pathfinders?
  • Guide student research
    • Provide a search strategy
    • Provide variety of resources
    • Instruct on proper search terms and methods
    • Reduce frustrations and time constraints
  • Promote use of library and other resources
  • Parental communication and involvement
  • Collaboration with other teachers
  • Introducing and including 21st Century Skills
creating your own
Creating your own
  • Pathfinder for Creating a Pathfinder
    • http://home.wsd.wednet.edu/pathfinders/path.htm
  • Joyce Velenza’s Template:
    • http://mciu.org/~spjvweb/pathfinder.html
  • Another Template:
    • http://home.wsd.wednet.edu/pathfinders/template_pathfinder.htm
creating your own tips
Creating your own - TIPS
  • Make it worth your time!
  • Consider your audience
  • Include a variety of resources
    • Evaluate ALL options
  • Keep it up to date
  • Use a standard format or template
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Creating your own - TIPS
  • Don’t OVERDO it!
  • KISS Theory
    • Keep It Simple Silly
  • Keep graphics to a minimum
    • Use graphics or images that support the topic
promoting use
Promoting Use
  • As an assignment
  • Tell parents about it
    • Notes home (ex: planner)
    • Newsletter
    • Conferences
    • Curriculum night
  • Share with colleagues
  • Tell your Administrators!
recap
Recap
  • Pathfinders are a great way to guide student research
  • Encourage parental involvement by giving parents a tool to help work with their child
  • Help build the home school connection by providing a medium to share
  • Using 21st Century Skills in the classroom
thank you

Thank you!

Jason Everett

Educational Service Unit 10

[email protected]su10.org