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Pathfinders: for students by students as a a search strategy! What is a pathfinder? Around for since the 70s to help library users navigate resources Establishes a plan of action--clears a path through the forest Now Web-based and even more necessary!

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what is a pathfinder
What is a pathfinder?
  • Around for since the 70s to help library users navigate resources
  • Establishes a plan of action--clears a path through the forest
  • Now Web-based and even more necessary!
  • Sharable 24/7 --for the good of all Web-users and information seekers!
  • Scalable—makes teachers’ and librarians’ advice vastly available
  • Models selection, evaluation, strategies, and balance!
why should teacher librarians and teachers create pathfinders
Why should teacher-librariansand teachers create Pathfinders?
  • Model selection
  • Scaffold good research strategy
  • Customized for groups
  • Promote teacher-librarians as information professionals
  • Inspire new collaborations
  • Alleviate confusion for the end-user
  • Powerfully represent the school/district
why create them for students
Why create them for students?
  • So they won’t miss the really good stuff! --Promote a wide and balanced range of relevant resources
  • Multiple formats / Displays range of information choices
  • Self-efficacy may discourage exploration
  • Can students discern quality?
  • Move students from reliance on free Web or their favorite search engine
  • Implicitly metacognitive—
    • Reflect on the process
    • Reflect on searching strategies
more on why
More on why . . .
  • Eliminates frustration
  • Ensures (encourages?) quality products
  • Can be incorporated into rubric
  • Focuses research and maximizes student use of time to higher-level tasks
  • Fits students’ need for independence
springfield s curricular pathfinders
Springfield’s Curricular Pathfinders
  • Pathfinder Menu
  • Social Issues Pathfinder
  • Pathfinder for Literary Research
  • Pathfinder for Physics Current Events
  • Primary Sources
teachers need pathfinders too
Teachers need pathfinders too!
  • Educational Research
best practice
Best Practice!
  • Pathfinder Models and Examples
    • Multnomah Homework Center - Social Issues
    • Internet Public Library- Pathfinders
      • Author Pathfinder IPL
    • Camden County Library System
    • 50 States Pathfinder
    • Lewis and Clark Pathfinder
    • Black History
    • John Steinbeck
    • Indianapolis Marion County Public Library
    • Economics
on designing pathfinders
On Designing Pathfinders
  • Designing Pathfinders for Children and Young Adults (Annette Lamb)
  • Wenatchee’s Pathfinder for Creating Pathfinders
  • Vandergrift’s Pathfinder
pathfinders by students

Pathfinders by students!

A thoughtful alternative to the traditional paper!

why should students create pathfinders
Why should students create pathfinders?
  • Inspires thoughtful, comprehensive research
  • Annotation
  • Selection—only the best
  • Broad spectrum of resources
  • Evaluation
  • Entry point to the oral defense
pathfinder template

Pathfinder Template

Adapt for your own climate!

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Pathfinders by Students
  • Student Examples:

Quest:

http://www.springfield.k12.pa.us/shs/quest/pathfinders.htm

Naval Commanders

In the works:

AP Novels

Artists and Movements

as a searching tool
As a searching tool!
  • Because more libraries are creating online pathfinders, using “pathfinder” as a keyword is likely to pull up some expert advice!
sample searches
Sample Searches
  • Cancer
  • Women’s Studies
  • Gun Control
  • Iraq
  • Poetry