Multimedia (e.g., PowerPoint presentation, Web-based instruction) with
or without teacher assistance. Also possible in the traditional
classroom or with lecture-style presentation.
Technique spotted in Patrick Crispen's PowerPoint presentation
entitled "Stop Searching and Start FINDING" available from Classroom
Resources on NetSquirrel.com
To heighten patron awareness about information sources. Ask the class where they would find answers to certain
questions? Taylor the questions for the group.
is the telephone number for the Spanish embassy in Washington?
What is the meaning of
With which treaty did China cede
Hong Kong to the British?
Note the use of pop-up windows,
which allow the presenter (or a distance learning program) to hide the
answer during the period of discussion. While pop-up windows offer a
useful teaching technique, too much of a good thing can become tedious
for the audience or end-user.
comment/slide/screen drives home the point. For example:
What would happen if you tried to
look up anachronism in the telephone book?
In search or research-oriented classes,
reinforce this message with every opportunity. For example, prior to
illustrating queries or research strategies, ask the group about
potential sources of information.