friedonline course

MS Wrap Your Head
Around Research

This informative online course provides educators the tools and resources needed to help students perform reliable, independent research. The learning activities provided enrich and elevate instruction, while meeting the diverse needs of the G/T student. Participants learn how to guide students to ask relevant questions and then select the best resources in order to analyze, record and organize the findings. After helping transform an idea into a product, we share creative ways to present the research. 
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10 months

Course Objectives

Shift your Mindset to Foster Creativity
The learner will understand...
  • What is G/T?
  • Common G/T Terms
  • Misconceptions about G/T Students
  • Research Skills
  • Shifting your Mindset with TED Talks

Ask the Right Questions: What is Relevant?
The learner will practice...
  • Advanced Google Search
  • Applied Digital Skills
  • Image Search
  • Think with Google
  • Google Trends
  • Explore Tool

Investigate the Facts: Which Resources are Right?
The learner will understand how to use...
  • A Google A Day

Analyze! Record! Organize!: Track your Research
The learner will understand how to use...
  • Independent Reading
  • Mystery Search
  • Research Strategies
  • Finding your Answer
  • Bonus: Extensions

Synthesize & Develop: Transform an Idea into an Advanced Product
The learner will explore...
  • Research Writing
  • Infographics
  • Non-Linear Slides Presentations
  • Videos & Movies

Show What you Know: Present Research Findings with Style

  • What is an Individual Display of Learning (IDL)
  • IDL: App Smashing Examples
  • Student Mystery Search
  • Presentation Skills Checklist
  • Bringing it All Together
  • Classroom Rubrics

Meet the expert

Jessica Powell-Allbright

Jessica spent the first eight years of her classroom career wrangling middle schoolers (just kidding, she taught just English) before becoming a District Instructional Technology Specialist. She has an affinity for app-smashing and is always looking for creative ways to use the tech tools we all know and love. Jessica is skilled in the art of “hype” at conferences and events. She can plan a huge event, present, run a booth, and she excels at just about anything event related! Jessica also has a strong passion for justice, which means she’s always working to affect positive change for students and educators. She spent several years advocating for policy change at the federal, state, and local levels.
Jessica is a Google Level 1 & Level 2 Certified Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and a Google Certified Trainer. She is also a Newsela Certified Educator.