What to read next?

So you really like a series or a book? Travel the literature map to find similar authors.

Click here and enter your favourite author’s name…
The results spring like this and you can click on an author to seek further…

GNOD also offers to explore the world of Music, Art and Movies. Gnod is an artificial intelligence self-learning system that will lead you to find things you don’t even know they exist… Great to explore!

Digital citizenship

Digital citizenship is the combination of technical and social skills that enable a person to be successful and safe in the information age“. www.mylgp.org.nz

A digital citizen:

♦ is able to use the ICT tools not only for leisure but also for learning and work;
♦ knows how to find relevant information and how to assess it;
♦ is aware of the digital world challenges and knows how to stay safe;
♦ knows and applies copyright principles
♦ relates appropriately with others: communicate positively and honestly, respect privacy and freedom of speech.

Here at MAC, we practice digital citizenship at all levels.

♦ We have a cybersafety policy in place;
♦ Students are taughts a variety of softwares and encouraged to present their assignments in using them;
♦ Information literacy is taught actively, for example through this Prezi;
♦ Teachers and students practice blogging and facebooking together;
♦ Good communications skills are modeled and actively reminded.
♦ Parents information events are organised regularly.


This is an infographic presenting the risks of posting in social networks.

♦ NetSafe – Cybersafety and Security Advice for New Zealand http://www.netsafe.org.nz
♦ Digital citizenship resources for schools – http://www.mylgp.org.nz
♦ Report online incidents – http://www.theorb.org.nz
♦ Learn about computer security – http://www.netbasics.org.nz
♦ Cyberbullying information – http://www.cyberbullying.org.nz

Information literacy prezis


For many assignments and any project, including in adult and professional life, the same process applies so you may as well learn it early.

Here is a prezi summarizing the Define, Locate, Select, Organise, Present, Assess process, or click on the image then on the arrowArrow  to start the presentation. It includes how to write a bibliography.

And here is a prezi showing how to improve your Internet Research efficiency, in music!

Leave a comment to share your research tips!

Free to use or copyrighted?

What is copyright?

In short, nobody is allowed to copy someone else work. However, most students activities are covered by the “fair dealing” rule: for research or private study, you can use a part of someone else work (except photographs) provided “sufficient acknowledgement”  for the purpose of criticism, review or news reporting.

Mount Aspiring College subscribes to NZSTA One-Stop-Shop Copyright Licensing Scheme to allows us to use, broadcast and copy works for education use, under certain limits that we must respect. Check out the poster next to the photocopiers.

To avoid copyright issues, create the content yourself: insert your own photos, write your own texts. And if you really need to use someone else work beyond the above rules, then ask for permission.

Always say your source

“Sufficient acknowledgement” means you must reference the source of the work you use. BibMe  or EasyBib  are websites that help you write a correct bibliography… Follow your teacher’s instructions or record at least:

  • For a book:  Book Title, by Author. Publisher, Date of publication.
  • For an article: Title of article, by Author. Title of Magazine or newspaper, Date of publication.
  • For a webpage: Title of the page, by Author. Url, Date you viewed it.

And the Internet

Internet makes it easy to copy-paste and yet it is under copyright law. Use it with the same rules as printed works (above). In particular, check the “disclaimer”, usually at the bottom of the page somewhere. If it says you can’t copy it, then don’t!

Many people choose to shared their work. The Creative Common licences have been created to allow that. Click here for a fun video explaining it.

How to find resources you can use on the Internet?
Tip: When you share something on the Internet, then insert a link to the original page, or embed the video or image, rather than copy-paste or download-insert.

Copyright protects authors and therefore supports creativity.
How would you feel if somebody used your work as theirs?


There will be more information about these important issues on Netsafe .

Click here if you want a licence to copy.

Click here if your work has been copied and you want to protect it.

Keep track of what you like

So you watch this really cool Youtube and want to show it to your friends? But by the time you find it again, the interest has drifted away…

You stumbled upon this piece of information a while ago and you now need it for an assignment but just can’t find it again?…

Here are wonderful and easy to use online free tools to help you collect and retrieve the information you need now and into the future.

Bookmarking services

You know how to add pages in your favourites but what happens if you are not on your computer? Bookmarking services gather links from all and any subjects and have tools to help retrieve them easily: tags and bundles. They are available from any computer and you do not necessarily have to log in to access them, which I find great.

Free Bookmarking services include Delicious and Diigo.

I have been using Delicious for a few years. Delicious propose tags and automatically  import the links you shared on Facebook. I offers to create “bundles” of links.

I like open source style and the goals of Diigo: “Towards your dream information management tool”! Diigo authorises notes and comments on links from various users. Diigo offers a tool to organise tags (for example to combine “team work” and “team working” or to correct orthography). However, I have struggled to make it work: it seems to do it, but the change is not done when I log in again… It will probably improve soon.

Content Curation

Content curation organises a variety of content (links but also notes, images, docs from your computer…) under one specific theme. They are great to use in education, as a lesson one-stop-shop resource. The most popular is Pinterest, very visual with its clickable icons which contain clickable subchapter icons containing “pins”.
ScoopIt is very similar but less distracting with less “people” stuff.
I have been using Livebinder at school for a class unit for energy and recycling as all the bookmarks/resources appear on the same page and give an immediate overview of the content. You can click on a tab to open a website while all the tabs stay on top.
I have also used Stich.It which presents a slideshow of websites. Extremely easy to use, no login required, just paste the list of url and click Stich It to get a link you can use.

These curation tools are on the rise to help display selected and organised content. There is a lot of evolution of these tools, as they try to combine the tagging flexibility and the folder organisation. 

Online Publishing

Going further, is online publishing,  like paper.li where you choose to stream content from twitter, youtube or any other internet source in a live online newsletter. DoShare is a Google+ version that allows to share RSS and google alerts, like in a Google Reader but visible to the world. They are like automatic newsletters. How good is that?!

Bibliography = Sources = Reference List

When you write an assignment, you use information from different sources. It is important that you acknowledge their authors and publishers, in listing them.

There are several standards for writing them. You can use footnotes or place the list at the conclusion of your assignment (Bibliography). There, you can list all of your sources in the order of appearance in the paper or in alphabetical order. Which ever you choose, keep the format consistent.

For a book:

Author’s Last Name, First Name. Title in Italic. Place of publication: Publisher, Year of publication.
Example: Gleitzman, Morris. Boy Overboard. Camberwell: Penguin, 2002.

For an article:

Author Last Name, First name. “Title of Article”. Magazine Name in Italic. Date of publication. Pages.
Example: Nachtwey, James. “Mandela’s Children”. National Geographic. June 2010. p80-109.

For a webpage:

Author’s name, Title.  database name in Italic (if from a database), Date you accessed it, <url of the page>
Example: Eileen McSaveney. Historic earthquakes: Liquefaction demonstrated, Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, 15/06/2011,

You can use BibMe a fast and easy bibliography maker or EasyBib, same tool, less graphic but more popular…

See also the Information Literacy Tutorial here