4 tools to help students build post-Covid research skills

As an educator with 21 years of teaching and learning experience, I have had the opportunity to work with students from a variety of abilities and learning backgrounds. In a typical school year, meeting the different needs of my students is a very rewarding, but challenging task. However, the COVID-19 epidemic has increased student demand tenfold, maximizing both the rewards and challenges of my role as an educator.

As the world begins to move into the post-epidemic growing environment, it is clear that much has changed. In my opinion, K-12 education has seen tremendous changes the impact of which we will evaluate and address for next year.

However, as educators today begin to consider how education can be developed to meet the needs of our students today and in the future, we have a huge task ahead of us to narrow down students’ academic abilities that may be eroded in the “emergency teaching” era.

As a language arts teacher, I have found that the skills that my students need to improve are their basic research skills. Student media literacy, quoting their sources, and communicating their results will all brush up my critical research skills.

The good news is that there are plenty of edtech resources to support it. Here are some resources my colleagues and I are using to help students improve their research skills in a changing learning landscape:

EdpuzzleIt is an excellent resource that helps students learn the basics of almost any subject. I find this program helpful because I can assign a group of students to watch and take notes through Google Classroom videos. If I want, I can also include an assessment to see if students are absorbing information into the lesson. An excellent feature of this resource is that I can take videos and embed them by embedding my own questions or audio. Then, once I assign the content, I can see who watched the video. Also, students can revisit the video as many times as they need at their own pace, allowing them to learn the information they missed.

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