October 28-30 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

E202 - Making a Difference With Social Action Research

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Ferrante (Conference Center)
Jean Hellwege, school librarian, Scott Middle School-Lincoln Public Schools

What happens when middle school students are challenged to make a difference in their world? Learn how sixth-grade students researched a topic about a local or global problem, its causes and current solutions, and how they could personally get involved. The entire research was done without printing a single sheet of paper using Google Docs and online digital resources such as databases, the internet, and citation tools. The original project grew to include persuasive essays, a student presentation at a Nebraska State Legislature committee hearing, and a Make a Difference Share Fair, where groups of students presented their research findings to the general public and raised money for their causes. This project has led students to independently volunteer and to make a difference in their world.

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