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FLIP It with Web 2.0 - Free Online Tools to Enhance the Student Research Process, Part III - INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT

Module by: Jennifer B. Stidham. E-mail the author

Summary: FLIP It! (TM) was developed by librarian and educator Alice H. Yucht as a set of reflective questions to guide learners throughout the information process. It serves as a clear and concise framework upon which to structure the basic student research task. The acronym FLIP it! stands for- F- FOCUS: Specifying the Topic L- LINK/LOCATE: Strategizing the Process I- INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT: Sorting, Sifting, and Storing the Data P- PRODUCE/PRESENT/PAYOFF: Solving and Showing the Results IT! - the Intelligent Thinking Needed Every Step of the Way. More detailed information may be found on Alice Yucht's website at http://www.aliceinfo.org/flipit/ The four modules in this collection will lead students through this four-step process and introduce them to free online tools and services that can aid and enhance the research pursuits. These Web 2.0 advances give today's students new ways to formulate, organize, collaborate, attribute, preserve, and share their research. This is Part III - INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT. Students will be introduced to several free online tools and services that can aid in the intermediate stages of research projects - those tasks that IMPLEMENT the project's sources and lead to the creation of the final project. Links are included to all websites and Flash demonstrations will lead students through possible uses of these tools. To complete the full collection of four modules, students should take the linked pre-test first (printable document),work sequentially through Parts I,II,III, and IV, do the suggested activities that accompany each part, and then complete the post-test (printable document).

Welcome to FLIP It! Part III - INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT!

FLIP It! (TM) was developed by librarian and educator Alice H. Yucht as a set of reflective questions to guide learners throughout the information research process. It serves as a clear and concise framework upon which to structure the basic student research task.This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

The acronym FLIP it! stands for-

  • F- FOCUS: Specifying the Topic
  • L- LINK/LOCATE: Strategizing the Process
  • I- INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT: Sorting, Sifting, and Storing the Data
  • P- PRODUCE/PRESENT/PAYOFF: Solving and Showing the Results
  • IT! - the Intelligent Thinking Needed Every Step of the Way.
More detailed information may be found on Alice Yucht's website at http://www.aliceinfo.org/flipit/.

Connect FLIP It! to Web 2.0

The four modules in this collection will lead you through this four-step process and introduce you to free online tools and services that can aid and enhance your research pursuits. These Web 2.0 advances give today's students new ways to formulate, organize, collaborate, attribute, preserve, and share their research.

Part III - INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT! What is Involved in this Step?

As you move on in the FLIP It! process in your research, your next steps fall under "I" for INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT. These are those tasks that involve choosing, recording, and using the information gathered. You may need to find efficient ways to store and share sources with your group or help in citing them properly using style formatting guidelines such as MLA or APA. There may be occasions when you are trying to evaluate an individual source or type of source and need some help in doing this effectively.

Develop the Skills Needed to INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT!

INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT is - Choosing, Recording, and Using the Information Gathered.

  • Evaluating your sources using various criteria
  • Organizing and storing your sources
  • Citing and attributing your sources ethically, appropriately, and completely

Free Online Tools to Help You INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT!

Web 2.0 means that today's online environment includes tools designed to help people share and collaborate with one another. You probably use social networking websites such as MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter every day. More than likely, you communicate with friends and colleagues on these sites and via your cell-phone and other devices. There are many other sites and tools out there that are designed or can be used to facilitate your academic research projects.

Web 2.0 Tools Included in the Video Demo

More Web 2.0 Tools to Help You INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT!

Video Presentation - Part III - INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT!

Click on the image below to view a video demonstrating some of the resources that can help you INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT.

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Part Three Flash Video

Think About....

As you are introduced to these online sites, services, and tools, there are some important things to keep in mind. There may be alternatives to each that you prefer over the tools presented here. If you use others and find them effective, by all means keep using them! Also, an effort was made to include only free services, but pricing models can change. Features can evolve and change. None of these tools should be relied on without your involvement, understanding, and input. Be critical of these tools and rely on your own knowledge of your assignments as well as that of your fellow students and instructors. There are times when your research can benefit from face-to-face resources rather than online/virtual options. Web 2.0 is about choice and we hope to present you with some here that can enhance, not replace, methods and tools that you already use or that your instructor requires.

Try the Tools! Suggested Activity - INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT!

Now, it is time to try some of these tools yourself! Click on the suggested activity link for login information and suggestions of tasks to try.

What's Next?

Now, you are ready to move on to the next module - Part IV - PRODUCE/PRESENT/PAYOFF!

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