Generating Research Questions

I’m working with some high school students this week on a research assignment for their Wired 9 course, a class on digital literacy and responsibility.  As a part of that work, I’m helping them to generate some good research questions that they can explore and dig in to.  Since I thought the topics might be of interest to folks who aren’t in the class, and since I also know that you have plenty of excellent questions, I thought I’d seek a little help while also create a resource for others doing similar work.  I wonder if you might be willing to contribute a resource or a question or two.  I’m certain that the 9th graders that I will be working with will thank you in advance.

I thank you, too.

(If you’re not comfortable using VoiceThread, feel free to leave a comment, question or link to a resource in the comments of this post, and I’ll be happy to transfer it to the VoiceThread, which I’ll be sharing with the students.)

5 thoughts on “Generating Research Questions

  1. My question would be creating movies for edu (or any current event/prevention issues) be interesting for 9th graders to explore and build upon. Our site (one of Bud’s favorites;)) is thinking about partnering with and would like to understand if it would interest 9th graders. Or keep it inline with 10-12 grades (and anyone older who is interested in contributing),

  2. Some great questions here 🙂
    My two cents of suggestions:

    A fundamental aspect of digital literacy is exploring/reading in a non-linear fashion. Therefore:
    – How is digital literacy non-linear?
    – If exploration is non-linear, how do we decide which direction we take? Is there a ‘random’ element? What are the ‘distracting’ elements?

    A fundamental skill is the ability to find what you are looking for, and identify reliable sources of information:
    – How does searching for media differ from searching for text in this regard (see for example for video search)
    – Which is more difficult and why?
    – When is the information (answers) you are looking for more suitable in the form of video / text / pictures / interactive. Why? Give examples.

  3. In what way will a person’s socioeconomic status impact their digital literacy?
    If inhibited, how can the less fortunate be assured that they will have access to the same opportunities for learning?

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