Tips for Engaging STEM Students in Effective Digital Research

Welcome to Tips for Engaging STEM Students in Effective Digital Research, the TeachingPartners Live Collaborative presented by NNSTOY.

In the coming months, I’ll be hosting two related TeachingPartners Live Workshops. These Workshops present not only my own ideas and experiences but the collective perspectives of a growing cohort of educators and teachers convened by NNSTOY to share teacher-driven professional learning specifically related to STEM.

This second set of workshops introduce an important focus of our early investigations: the need to scaffold students’ search for high-quality external research and resources.

Join me as I introduce ten classroom-tested strategies for student research success; share why I believe that students need to have voice and choice in how they demonstrate their understanding of information they collect; and explain how students can design their own rubric criteria for the presentation of their investigations.

In our first workshop, I share ten tips for quick and effective research. In particular, I focus on the way in which I teach students to navigate the web using a series of “fast forwards.” This approach helps them to develop digital literacy in a way that mirrors how a digital search engine works. It quickly guides them to results! I also introduce a mini-research project that will immediately help you orient this approach with your students. Between sessions, I’ll ask you to conduct a personalized mini-research project of your own–one that you can employ in an upcoming classroom unit and that demonstrates your own understanding of this approach to research.

In our second session. I present a tour through a “Student Idea Bank” which contains over 60 methods for students to demonstrate their understanding of external research and information. I also share the process that my students use to develop their own personalized rubrics. My hope is that by the time our second session concludes you will have both the understanding and the resources you need to introduce this practice with your own students.

I hope you will make time to join me on Wednesday, April 4 and then a week later on April 11. Teachers who take part in both sessions are eligible to receive a Certificate of Participation for six hours of professional learning from NNSTOY and TeachingPartners.

Dyane Smokorowski

In her 17 years in education, Dyane Smokorowski has taught middle school language arts in the Wichita, Renwick and Andover school districts in a project-based classroom focusing on critical thinking, communication, global collaboration and cre... Full Bio


Presented by NNSTOY.


This workshop is part of NNSTOY Collaboratives.