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Pathfinders

Pathfinders

Guiding students through information resources

Jason Everett - ESU 10


Pathfinders1
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]