10/17/2011
So, it's been 3 years since anything has been added here, and Trails has created their own wiki resource, and I am beginning to wonder if this wiki serves a purpose any more. I was thinking that with the Common Core Standards implementation looming in almost every state, now would be the time to compile a fantastic list of lesson plans that incorporate the Common Core into the content areas. Since we, as librarians, are the Common Core, I thought it only appropriate. If anybody is interested in helping me with this endeavor, have created a new wiki, We are Common Core. Do I have any takers? There is also a link on the left hand side under External Links if anybody would like to join me.
Shannon (Hosier) Mersand
Yorktown High School
Yorktown Heights, NY


10/21/2008
Barbara and Julie have just returned from the AASL 2008 Fall Forum in Chicago where TRAILS was very well received. We have posted our PowerPoint slides as well as the notes from our reporting out session. Also, we posted a PDF of a TRAILS promotional flyer that you are welcome to use. Hope everyone is having a great school year!
Barbara Schloman and Julie Gedeon
Project TRAILS team
Kent State University

10/1/2008
So, long time, no activity! Please check out the discussion board as we have a question about teaching the research process. I am working on a number of new lesson plans, and hope to have them posted soon. Anybody else?
Shannon (Hosier) Mersand
Pawling High School
Pawling, NY

2/12/2008
So I was playing around on AltaVista, trying to see who linked to different pages I have up on the internet, and discovered that our wiki is linked to many times. We are bookmarked on Deli.cio.us (by 45 people), linked to fron NYLA (New York Library Association), SUNLINK and many more. We also have 95 members. All of this is very exciting to me. We haven't had any new contributions in quite some time though. Isn't there anything that you do for Information Literacy Skills Instruction? Do you have any ideas? Worksheets? Lets do what librarians do best, Collaborate! At least let contributors know if you've used their lessons and if they worked, or you tweaked them at all.
Shannon (Hosier) Mersand
Pawling High School
Pawling, NY

11/28/2007
I'm so excited! We have a group of Florida Librarians filling up the Develop a Topic section...anyone else want to help? Great Job Guys! I can't wait to try some of these things out!
-Shannon (Hosier) Mersand
Pawling High School
Pawling, NY

11/15/07

I have added a handout in the handout section, which I developed with the software, Inspiration. I saved it as a word document so that all could see it. I use this with the kids, either in handout form, or with the overhead, as I introduce research topics. I find that it helps them picture the different types of resources available. I left some items blank so they can fill in as we go. This is specific to Ohio, as it does contain a reference to INFOhio.
Jan Warden
Claymont High School
Uhrichsville, OH 44683



11/4/2007
I just learned about the coolest website on earth. It's called MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) and contains thousands of activities designed for online learning. I added TRAILS to MERLOT this morning as an assignment for one of the classes I am taking. Below is the link to the TRAILS entry I created. Poke around, there are some really cool things on there.
http://www.merlot.org/merlot/viewMaterial.htm?id=280019

-Shannon (Hosier) Mersand
Pawling High School
Pawling, NY

10/26/2007

Re: library orientation
Since I began using TRAILS with all 9th grade English classes, I no longer do a library orientation with the freshman. The teachers are reluctant to give up more class time. In place of orientation, I try to do address the use of the library, one on one, as needed, and whenever teachers bring their students in by classes for research.

Once I have administered TRAILS, I go over the assessment with individual teachers, so that they know where we need to address our training efforts.

I can't say that there has been any problems by not doing library orientation. They learn what they need to know when they need to know it now.

Jan Warden, Claymont High School, Uhrichsville, Ohio


10/24/2007
I just went through the pages and noticed that many people are leaving "discussion posts" that contain resources. If you have done this, could you please go back and move the resources and suggestions onto the actual page?
Thank.
Shannon Mersand
Pawling High School
Pawling, NY

10/24/07
I have posted my PowerPoint slides from the 2007 OELMA conference presentation about TRAILS-9 in the Handouts section, if anyone is interested.
Julie Gedeon
TRAILS team
Kent State University

10/23/07
Did you do anything for Library Orientation this year? Did you do a scavanger hunt? Do you have handouts? A list of questions? How did you introduce new students to your library? Share with us. Let us know what you are doing!
Shannon (Hosier) Mersand
Pawling High School
Pawling, New York


9/26/07
As I noted on the listserv, once I have used Trails with the students, I work with the teachers to set up times for developing needed skills, prior to the students completing research assignments. I have found the use of the Schlessinger Media DVD's, written by Joyce Valenza, very helpful. They are 20 minutes long, and can be used in one class period. I created study sheets for each program. I either have the students fill them out prior to viewing and then look for the answers during the broadcast, or I have them complete it during or after the broadcast. I have tried several different ways. I find that they respond best when they try to complete the sheet prior to viewing and then check their answers during the broadcast. The next day, we do "hands-on work" based on the program.

The series if called Research Skills. I use these:
1. Plagiarism
2. Evaluating sources
3. Organizing Research
4. Communicating Research
5. Searching the Internet

I will be doing a teacher training soon, and plan to use "Evaluating sources," prior to hands-on work when looking at the Internet.

Jan Warden
Claymont High School
Uhrichsville, Ohio

9/12/07
Hey Everybody, I see we have well over 50 members now, and only about 6 of us have contributed. I know we are just getting back into the swing of things for the school year, but isn't there anything you would like to share? I'm currently working on a "Moodle" course, which will be an online class for research skills. It is in the VERY early stages of development, but I will post more information about it as I get it tweaked.
-Shannon (Hosier) Mersand

8/07
I created this Wiki for all of us on the Trails (Tool for Real Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) list-serv. We can share our lesson plans here, and then we don't have to keep littering the list-serv with requests, and we will have a place to come back to instead of having to go through tons of emails. Sound fair?

So here we go, here are some of the lessons I use. Feel free to add your own. If you need help, let me know.
-Shannon Hosier

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