Saturday, August 2, 2008
Thing #17 Poetry Roll
The video on the process of creating a search roll was easy to understand and follow. I was able to create my own search roll in a very short time. I decided to create one about poetry--examples, activities, etc. Maybe I cheated a little, but I used links that I like from the library resources page. I copied and pasted the links I have found to be most useful with my classes, and I created my search roll. Search rolls seem similar to what has already been done on the library resources page. There are great search links labeled with tags already there. Creating my own search roll is a way to build on what is already there. I like the idea of providing students with a link to a search roll because it guides them in their search and keeps them from Googling and Yahooing. Confining a search to reliable sites saves time and effort and keeps students from feeling overwhelmed with too many sites and choices. In my classroom, many students go to Google first, and then they claim that they cannot find anything. Now, instead of having to remind them not to Google twenty times and redirect their searches constantly, I can give them the link to the rollyo and feel more confident they will find success. I will definitely roll with this idea when we begin our research projects and webquests.