Research River and ships

My teaching colleague Lee Fitzgerald (thanks Lee) has alerted to me to an innovative way of getting students to think about information literacy, and in particular, about doing research for an assignment. As part of the scaffolding for students learning about using Kuhlthau’s ISP information literacy model, the analogy of a river is used to allow students to think about the various stages in the ISP and how they might be feeling e.g. uncertain or confident. Thus students are advised that they might do preliminary research for a topic in calm waters, but if they find that their topic has a great deal of information about it, they might be in more stormy waters. The Research River, designed by Di Laycock and Lee Fitzgerald. You may need permission but it’s certainly worth a look.

Living by the sea as I do for most of the year, there is a constantly flow of ships going up and down the Firth of Forth. These range from oil and gas tankers, to cruise ships, to fishery protection vessels, to navy ships. My ship’s captain/harbour master/pilot brother in law in New Zealand alerted me a while ago to a great website, on which you can track ships anywhere in the world. The AIS Map allows you to identify passing vessels and get details and photos. It sounds a bit nerdy but it tends to get a bit addictive, especially if, like me, you have a scope with 25 magnification. If you live inland and have no interest in passing ships, it’s not for you.


One Response to “Research River and ships”

  1. lanny Says:

    Hi James, I enjoy reading your blog and can’t wait for the summer to come back to Australia. Today in Canberra, it is raining. I love the sea and am truly jealous – with all of that lovely ocean about, I hope you are a keen fisherman. The link to tack vessels looks intriguing – I can’t imagine what it must be like travelling across endless oceans on a container ship – thanks again 🙂

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