- reading comprehension
- text analysis
- using supporting evidence
- analyzing evidence
- applying information
- collecting data
- thinking critically
Key Standards Supported
|RI.9-10: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas|
|RI.9-10.7||Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person’s life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.|
|Key Ideas and Details|
|RI.9-10.1||Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.|
|RI.11-12: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas|
|RI.11-12.7||Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.|
|Key Ideas and Details|
|RI.11-12.1||Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.|
|W.9-10: Text Types and Purposes|
|W.9-10.2a||Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.|
|W.9-10.2b||Develop the topic with well-chosen, relevant, and sufficient facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.|
|W.11-12: Text Types and Purposes|
|W.11-12.2a||Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.|
|W.11-12.2b||Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.|
Citelighter Pro allows citations from pdf files, Google Docs, among other features -- it's available with different monthly and yearly pricing options.
The "Teacher Tools" link allows educators to easily track students' progress on individual, or group, projects.
ProsIt's like a one-stop shop for student research, from gathering sources to organizing research and outlining their own writing.
ConsThe automatically compiled bibliography may encourage student passivity rather than inquiry into the why of the citation process.
Bottom LineA smart, intuitive support for all steps of the research paper process; design and sensibility resemble the social media sites teens love.
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Students will find the toolbar's highlight-and-capture process intuitive. Teachers will appreciate the research navigation tool that capitalizes on students’ media-intake instincts.
The toolbar follows students as they search for articles, automatically creating a bibliography citation for each selection students highlight. Work can then be exported to Word or Google Drive for students’ research papers.
Video tutorials and “Knowledge Cards” -- articles from the Citelighter database -- support students’ research process, and the site is image-rich. Proficiency in selecting useful search words and sources is assumed.
Citelighter is an engaging online platform designed to support students as they tackle the much-maligned research paper. Students simply sign up, download the Citelighter toolbar, create a project, and then move on to their preferred search engines. As students select articles from the Web, the toolbar follows them; when they've found a useful excerpt, students need only highlight it and click Capture. Citelighter saves the citation and automatically creates a bibliography.
Further, students can make accompanying notes for any excerpt they select. At any time, students can click View and see the list of excerpts, notes, and citations. They can also re-order their excerpts as they read; when they're ready, they can export their work to Google Drive, Word, or an email. If students need assistance, Citelighter offers video tutorials, a thorough FAQ list, and Knowledge Cards -- a limited collection of articles on a variety of topics to help stumped students find a jumping-off point.Read More Read Less
Citelighter touts itself as a “21st Century Critical Thinking Platform,” and rightfully so. With navigation and image-rich design reminiscent of teen favorites Tumblr and Pinterest, the days of notecard research organization are over -- without compromising the learning process. By gathering research in Citelighter’s cloud, students can easily assess the value of their collected excerpts and organize them in an order that works best. It's an automatically compiled bibliography that tracks students’ progress while also discouraging plagiarism. The export option makes it quick and easy to create an outline or rough draft.
Overall, in using Citelighter, students should feel a satisfying balance of support and autonomy. That said, the video tutorials, FAQ list, and Knowledge Cards won't likely be enough to help some struggling readers in locating and selecting credible sources.Read More Read Less
To make the most of Citelighter as a research tool, teachers should treat the site as exactly that: one tool among many. Supporting lessons on detecting credible sources, note-taking, and following proper citation format will enhance and deepen students’ experience with the site and with research in general.
One distinguishing feature is the Teacher Tools link. Teachers can sign up their entire class for Citelighter and then, upon launching a project, track students’ progress through Citelighter’s Cognitive Prints -- a visual assessment of each student’s use of sources, citations, and time. Teachers can access the Cognitive Prints throughout the course of an assignment, making them a great tool for both formative and summative assessment. Citelighter also offers an option for students to collaborate in a way similar to Google Drive. Teachers can assign team projects with the ability to track every student's participation and learning.Read More Read Less
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