Rochelle (Shelley) Rodrigo

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Tech Tools & Research Based Writing

Miller-Cochran, Susan K., and Shelley Rodrigo. “Technological Tools and Strategies for Teaching Research-Based Writing.” Proceedings of UNC-TLT Collaborative Annual Conference. March 2008, Raleigh, NC. 2008. Web. (50%)

ABSTRACT To teach research-based writing effectively in today’s multimedia learning environments, teachers need to be prepared to walk students through the process of locating, evaluating, and incorporating sources into their writing that come from a variety of media. Multimodal resources and Web-based applications for facilitating research encourage teachers to rethink how they prepare students to find research sources and to assess the methods they use to teach them to evaluate their findings. In this hands-on session, the presenter will demonstrate several Web 2.0 tools for facilitating the research process, including social bookmarking applications and research organization tools that help students engage in collaborative research. Participants will discuss possible models for teaching the evaluation of multimodal resources, and the presenter will share an innovative method that encourages students to develop and apply evaluative criteria for the selection of multimodal sources.