Have you ever heard the saying that there is my truth, your truth, and somewhere in the middle, the real truth? Pinpointing the truth is the reason why I always find myself wanting to ask people to prove what they say. Let’s acknowledge this truth. We frequently don’t know if we can believe what we read. We always must question if we are reading, watching, or listening to a credible source.
Our students need to learn how to be their own fact-checkers and reject fake news. (Lesley Farmer wrote an informative post about it.) Being fact-checkers will enable our students to make informed decisions; whether these decisions relate to health issues, politics, or everyday consumer decisions. One way to help our students to be fact-checkers is to teach and require them to cite their sources. Perhaps they would be less inclined to accept incorrect information if they did.
There is no doubt that teaching students to cite information, regardless of their ages, can be difficult. Sometimes convincing adults to cite sources can be challenging. By the time students reach college, citing sources is a critical skill to practice. It can mean the difference between passing and failing a course.
Do we want our students to get “culture shock” when they start college? I want to argue that students need to start citing their sources in elementary school so that the skill becomes second nature. There is too much misinformation floating around today. Misinformation fuels misconceptions and hate.
Here are a few resources to help students learn how to cite sources properly. You can decide if the resource fits the skill level of your students. However, please, don’t assume that elementary students are not ready to cite sources. The skill is more important than ever. Students need to be mindful of where they are getting their information and how to support the statements that they make.
Use these resources to help you teach your students. Check these websites before using them to determine if they fit with your school policies. Some of them have ads.
- The Citation Game: http://www.citationgame.org/
- University of Washington Citation Game: http://depts.washington.edu/trio/quest/citation/apa_mla_citation_game/index.htm
- APA Style Tutorial: https://www.apastyle.org/learn/tutorials/basics-tutorial
- MLA tutorial: https://library.hunter.cuny.edu/tutorials/mla/mla_tutorial.html
- NoodleTools Show Me Information Literacy Modules: https://www.noodletools.com/showme/
- The Cite Is Right: https://youtu.be/pSQH9OTOLBs?list=UUEPF4jwGCrE7bsTtxewuNOw
- BibMe: http://www.bibme.org/#
- Cite4Me: https://cite4me.org/bibliography/
- Cite This for Me: http://www.citethisforme.com/us/citation-generator
- Citefast: https://www.citefast.com/?s=APA
- CloudCite: https://cloudcite.net/
- EasyBib: http://www.easybib.com/style
- Citation Machine: http://www.citationmachine.net/
- Noodle Tools: https://www.noodletools.com/free/
November 2018 Professional Development
|Organization||Date & Time||
Professional Development Title
|ALCTS Webinars||November 7, 2018- 1:00 -2:00 PM CST||Intro to Data Visualization: Tools and Skills, Part 1|
|November 14, 2018- 1:00 – 2:00 PM CST||Intro to Data Visualization: Tools and Skills, Part 2|
|Education Week||November 1, 2018- 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST||Trauma-Informed Schools: From Awareness to Action|
|edWeb.net||November 1, 2018 – 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST||Creative, Arts-Based STEM Learning in Early Childhood
|November 7, 2018 – 4:00 – 5:00 PM EST||Assessment and Student Agency
|November 13, 2018 – 5:00 – 6:00 PM EST||Using Your Smartphone for Teacher Help
|November 14, 2018 – 5:00 – 6:00 PM EST||Collaboration Impacts Students’ Learning
|TeachersFirst||November 13, 2018- 6:00 – 8:00 PM CST
|MakeCode: Bring Computational Thinking into Any Classroom
|November 20, 2018- 6:00 – 7:30 PM CST
|Creativity Cafe: Recipes for Formative Assessment
|WebJunction||November 5, 2018- 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST||Small but Mighty Library Management and Innovation
|November 29, 2018- 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST||Librarian Evolution: Libraries Thrive When We Change
|Booklist Webinars||November 6, 2018- 1:00 – 2:00 PM CST||Picture This! Books for the Youngest|
|November 20, 2018- 1:00 – 2:00 PM CST||Out-of-This-World Youth Nonfiction
|SLJ ISTE Webcast Series||November 8, 2018- 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST||Digital Citizenship for Tweens and Teens|
Author: Daniella Smith
Daniella Smith, PhD. is a former school and public librarian. She is currently an associate professor at the University of North Texas.