High School Research

To find Media Literacy/Evaluation of Sources and Copyright go here.

Social Media and Digital Citizenship

We would like to invite all high school students to join our Ning, private social media network (contact Erin Duncan eduncan@onlineschool.ca) to learn how to develop a personal learning network, and connect with other teens in our schools.

We encourage all of our high school students to be responsible for content, conduct and contact information on any social networks they may join.  We encourage all of our parents to be pro-active in regards to discussing digital citizenship and social media.  Discuss and evaluate websites for hoax materials and bias, and teach your students internet safety.  Contact Pippa Davies (pdavies@onlineschool.ca) or Beth Johnson if you would like to learn how to be a digital citizen with the Everfi program or Passport to the Internet.

Digital Citizenship Process for Reducing Risk with Social Media


Students in high school are encouraged to be excellent researchers.  Students should be open to new ideas and be able to challenge their thinking.  They need to be able to make connections with the real world.  In order to do this they need to immerse themselves in the topic of interest, and generate ideas for brainstorming.  During the exploration stage students will actively engage with questions, exploring and forming a key question that will drive their research.  Students are invited to connect with our teacher librarian Pippa Davies for help with this process.  Pippa can help guide the question and resource building stage in order that students are prepared and mentored during the process.  Once students have gathered enough information they are ready to present and evaluate their sources and content with the help of a teacher or teacher librarian.

Watch this video by Wendy Drexler on becoming a connected learner before you start the research process.

Then to discover more information on research follow this link which collates all of the aspects of Inquiry.

Learn 360 Videos on Internet Searching.

Internet Search:  Basic Tools and Advanced Strategies

Effective Internet Search:  Basic Tools and Advanced Strategies

Information Literacy:  The Perils of Online Research

Research, reading and Writing 

Research Skills Visual Guide from Kentucky Virtual Library.  Have this digital guide on your desktop.

Video on Researching and Evaluating Websites by Rutgers University Library.  This is an animated video,  and highly recommended for all students grade 10-12.  It also teaches you some pertinent skills for using EBSCOhost, our online research database with academic links and citations for all students K-12.  Contact your support teacher for username and password details.

When using Google make sure you show your students how to use the Advanced Search option to refine their results.

The next part of the research process is media awareness and literacy, and copyright and plagiarism.

To find Media Literacy/Evaluation of Sources and Copyright go here.

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