Resources for Parents
In today’s information age, middle school and high school students must learn how to efficiently and effectively do research online.
The Internet offers a chance to find out about anything in the world, from literature to cutting-edge science. But students need to know how to navigate the online world in order to gather information that is non-biased, truthful, and useful.
Project Stepping Up to SOAR (S-SOAR) aims to help your child learn this important skill.
Benefits for Your Child
Benefits of the Strategies for Online Academic Research (SOAR) for your child include:
- Preparation to meet the Common Core State Standards, which are aligned to the strategies
- Learning valuable Internet research skills for use in school, college, and future careers
- Receiving immediate online feedback for students, and summative feedback for teachers
- A confidence boost in using the Internet for professional and personal online research projects
Accessing Strategies for Online Academic Research
To get started with Project S-SOAR:
- Explain to your child why it is important to learn how to conduct effective and efficient online research; for example say that this helps with answering questions such as: “How do plants grow?”
- Show your child the website, and how each feature works, such as videos and Try It! exercises). Explore the website on your own before showing your child.
- Explain how the strategies are relevant to your child’s academic or personal interests. You can even use the strategies to research a topic about family or daily life, or a topic your child is curious about (for example, Do all my family members have the same DNA and genes?).
- Monitor your child’s progress through the website. You can see what videos and practice exercises your child has completed and see how s/he is learning to conduct research online.