Technology Integration

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The Big6 Research Process

Introduction to the Big6 Research Process

 

 

 

The Big6 Process – Explanation

The Big6™ integrates information search and use skills along with technology tools in a systematic process to find, use, apply, and evaluate information to specific needs and tasks. The Big6™ information problem-solving model is applicable whenever people need and use information. It is used in thousands of K-12 schools, higher-education institutions, and corporate adult training programs.

Instructional Resources for Teachers
  • The Big6 Home Page – Official Big6 site by developers Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz.

  • KSD Worksheet for Collaborative Planning – Use this two-sided worksheet to facilitate coordination with classroom teachers.

  • Big6 handouts – Elementary and secondary level 8x11 posters listing Big6 steps.

  • NewsBank's Big6 Resource Center – Resources and activities for Big6 skills.

  • Online resources to support Big6 – Links to additional sites. 

  • Big6 Video – Click this link for directions to access Kent's video library, which includes the video called Essential Skills for the Information Age: The Big6 in Action. Video produced by Mike Eisenberg; 38 minutes, reserve by emailing KSD Media Services.

  • Big6 eNewsletter – Vision, strategies, and tools for teaching essential skills for the information age.

  • Games to teach Big6 – Teacher's guide to games for introducing Big6 to grades 4-12.

  • Big6 in other Languages – Afrikaans, Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Dutch, English, Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

  • Banana Split – Metaphor as a way to overview/intro the process.

  • Bookmarks – (.gif file) Helpful to students as a visual reminder.

  • Bookmarks – (Publisher file) Helpful to students as a visual reminder.

Resources for Students
  • Big6 Super3 K-2 – Interactive Web site for very young students to learn and use The Big6.

  • Big6 Grades 3-6 – Interactive Web site for students to learn and use The Big6.

  • Big6 Grades 7-12 – Interactive Web site for students to learn and use The Big6.

  • Research Framework – Inspiration 7.0 graphic organizer to fill out before beginning, for grades 7-12, developed by Kirstin Duckett, KSD Librarian.

  • Parent's Guide – Helping with homework.

Work Examples