Faculty were encouraged to attend if they…
- teach students in grades 5 – 12
- ever require a works cited page
- ever require a research project
- ever require a project using photographs or other images (other than what the students take themselves)
We experimented with a slightly “flipped” workshop. Faculty were asked to follow two screencasts so that all would be ready to jump into NoodleTools at 3:30:
Flipped Classroom overview video:
“How to log in to NoodleTools for the first time – for Faculty” – http://www.screenr.com/hdG7
You’ll need to know your ID and default password (sent in a separate e-mail)
“How to create a ‘drop box’ for students to share their work with you” – http://www.screenr.com/0dG7
NoodleTools provides scaffolding for creating thorough and accurate works cited pages. The structure promotes good research habits and the many “Show Me” tutorials and various prompts encourage smart resource analysis and the ethical use of information. There is also the option to use virtual notecards, outlines, and sync it with Google Drive.
Many classes and their teachers had already been introduced to NoodleTools this year as the kick-off to various research assignments. This workshop focused on more than the navigation of NoodleTools, however, with emphasis on the instructional support provided by NoodleTools. Especially wonderful are the “Show Me” slideshows on types of resources which NoodleTools offers free for anyone to use.
Tutorials on types of resources (NoodleTools “Show Me”)
- Starter (Grades 4 – 7): http://www.noodletools.com/guide/showme/starter.html
- Junior (Grades 6 – 8): http://www.noodletools.com/guide/showme/junior.html
- Advanced (Grades 9+): http://www.noodletools.com/guide/showme/advanced.html
Attendees represented all three divisions (from grades 2 – 12!), several departments, and even administration. Everyone seemed to agree that NoodleTools is robust and accessible enough that you almost want to write a research paper again!