Middle School Research/Library/Technology

Research Sites

The World Fact Book
Copyright Free Images - Pics4Learning

How Stuff Works (http://www.howstuffworks.com/)

Inventors Museum (http://www.inventorsmuseum.com/)

Inventors-About.Com (http://inventors.about.com/)

Enchanted Learning.com (http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html)

WiseGeek.com (http://www.wisegeek.com)

Enchanted Learning - Inventions and Inventors (http://www.enchantedlearning.com/inventors/)

Buzzle (http://www.buzzle.com/articles/list-of-famous-inventors.html)

Academic Kids (http://www.academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/List_of_inventors)

Game Sites
Arcademic Skill Builders

Online Safety
1. Build and print a robot!
2. Complete each safety challenge.....click the green Demo button to start!
3. You must print or show your certificate to prove you completed each challenge.
Budd:e - Online Safety

MLA Resources for Middle School Writing

EasyBib MLA Resources
Purdue MLA Resources

What is Plagiarism?
What does CC mean?
Plagiarism Online Game
Citation Tic Tac Toe

Tech Terms


Then and Now


How to Choose a Valid Website for Research

Navigate to a website you want to evaluate, using your Web browser. The appearance of the site can tell you a lot. A professional-looking site is more likely to be of worth than a sloppy, amateur one. However, this is not a hard-and-fast rule. Sometimes organizations with tiny budgets, or individuals working in their spare time, can publish valid information on a homely site, and organizations with the budget to hire pricey Web developers can publish whatever promotes their questionable agendas, and make it look slick and sophisticated.

Check to see if the website has been updated recently. Not all sites will list this information. Dates can be a sign of validity.

If you do not see the author listed at the top as in a title, scroll down to the bottom. If the site is by an organization, it is more likely to be valid than one created by an individual. If the individual is affiliated with an organization, it may be written there. Look for a tab or link to an "About" page or a "Staff" page that may tell more about the authorship. Use the information you find to determine the validity of the site.

Check to see if the site lists other websites where you can confirm its contents.

Do a search of this website on other websites. Find out what they say about it. Look at discussions in forums and comment threads under articles on sites with related topics.

Check to see if this site has been professionally reviewed by conducting other searches on search engines.

Draw your conclusions about the site as if you were interviewing someone for a job. Would you trust this person's resume? Should you trust the website?
Read more: How to Choose Valid Websites | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_2127435_choose-valid-websites.html#ixzz2Haab9uml

Internet Safety - Sixth Grade

Digital Life 101: Students are introduced to the 24/7, social nature of digital media and technologies, and gain basic vocabulary and knowledge for discussing the media landscape.
Strategic Searching: Students learn that to conduct effective and efficient online searches, they must use a variety of searching strategies.
Scams & Schemes: Students learn strategies for guarding against identity theft and scams that try to access their private information online.
Cyberbullying: Be Upstanding: Students learn about the difference between being a passive bystander versus a brave upstander in cyberbullying situations.
A Creator’s Rights: Students are introduced to coopyright, fair use, and the rights they have as creators.

Digital Life 101

The Open Clip Art Library (OCAL) is the largest collaborative community that creates, shares and remixes clipartl.
All clipart is released to the public domain and may be used in any project for free with no restrictions.