“Don’t believe everything you read, especially on the Internet….”


Gather information about your source to check the validity:

  1. What is the intent of this site?

·        Persuade?

·        Inform?

·        Sell?

·        Entertain?

  1. Who is presenting the information on this site?

·        A group of people trying to gather support for a specific cause?

·        A news group announcing the latest events of the day?

·        A company doing business on the Internet?

·        An organization which provides online games or music?

  1. When was this site last updated?

·        Look  for a “This site updated on XX/XX/XXXX” message.

  1. Where did the information on this site come from?

·        Check the URL for clues

·        .com  = commercial  (This site may want to sell things to you.)

·        .edu   = educational  (Most schools and universities use this.)

·        .gov   = government  (Official state or federal government.)

·        .org   = organization  (May be a group trying to persuade.)

*** Never give your name or address or telephone number to strangers you “meet” on the Internet.   This information is usually sold to companies who will telephone you or send junk email (Spam) to try to sell things.

*** Do not fill out surveys that ask you information about your parents or relatives, especially their email addresses.  Family information is private, and could be used for  inappropriate purposes.

*** If someone you “meet” on the Internet asks to meet you IRL, (in real life), tell your parents immediately.  Unfortunately, there is no way to tell if the person you meet in a chat room is really someone your age with similar interests.  Bad people sometimes use this method to lure kids into dangerous situations.


Internet Safety Websites:

https://www.callersmart.com/guides/73/parents-guide-to-internet-safety-keeping-your-child-safe-online#/why-is-internet-safety-important Parents Guide to Internet Safety: Keeping Your Child Safe Online

https://www.comparitech.com/blog/vpn-privacy/protecting-childrens-privacy/ Protecting Children's Privacy A Guide for Parents, Careers and Educators

http://backgroundchecks.org/cyber-bullying-helping-the-bullied-stopping-the-bullies.html#Go_Online Cyber Bullying The Complete Resource Guide!

https://www.everycloudtech.com/ultimate-guide-to-internet-safety Ultimate Parent's Guide to Internet Safety

https://www.cctvcameraworld.com/tips-protecting-children-teens-online-security.html 8 Tips for Protecting Children and Teens Online A Security Guide for Parents, Caregivers and Educators

https://www.bestvpn.com/internet-safety/ Guide Internet Safety: How to Keep Kids and Teens Safe Online

https://www.tigermobiles.com/2015/05/how-to-protect-your-children-on-their-smartphone/ How to Protect Your Children on Their Smartphone

https://www.bestvpnrating.com/guide-children-privacy A Guide to Protecting Children's Privacy Online

http://comparitech.net/securityguide The jargon-free guide to computer and internet security

https://www.alarms.org/the-ultimate-guide-to-all-things-safety/#tab-con-142 Internet Safety

https://www.allconnect.com/blog/keeping-kids-safe-online/ Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

 https://www.top10vpn.com/childs-online-safety-guide/ The Complete Guide to Protecting Your Child's Safety Online in 2018




Citation of Sources



http://www.bibme.org/ (Easy way to cite in MLA and APA),  http://citationmachine.net/index2.php, http://www.citethisforme.com/ http://edtechpicks.org/2017/07/cite-sources/  https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ Purdue Online Writing Lab


General citation grades K-8

Kindergarten and First Grade


Second and Third Grades


Fourth and Fifth Grades


Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades


General Rules For Form

1. Follow examples for capitalization, punctuation, quotation marks, italics and brackets [ ].

2. Format for Works Cited or Bibliography Page: Arrange sources in an alphabetical list by the first word of the entry excluding a, an, and the.

3. Format for each source: Begin first line at the margin. Indent each additional line.


How to create Notecards:





http://kingofalltechnology.com/elementarypp.pdf Research Writing Introduction

http://kingofalltechnology.com/grade3research.pdf Research 3rd Grade

http://kingofalltechnology.com/bigsix.pdf Big 6 Doing Research and Writing the Research Paper

http://kingofalltechnology.com/bigsixrub.pdf Big 6 Rubric

http://kingofalltechnology.com/apaexampleword.doc APA Example Microsoft Word

http://kingofalltechnology.com/mlaexample.pdf MLA example

http://kingofalltechnology.com/mlamiddle.pdf MLA Guide for Middle School Guidelines for Bibliography and Documenting Sources

http://kingofalltechnology.com/mlaexample2.pdf MLA example #2

http://kingofalltechnology.com/mlaexample3.pdf MLA example #3

http://kingofalltechnology.com/apaexample.pdf APA Example

http://kingofalltechnology.com/apaelementary.doc (4th-5th Grade APA example word document)

http://kingofalltechnology.com/apaelementary.pdf (4th-5th Grade APA example PDF document)

5th Grade Research Paper http://kingofalltechnology.com/researchpaperwhales5thgrade.pdf

4th Grade Research Paper http://kingofalltechnology.com/researchpaperwhales4thgrade.pdf

isearch example http://kingofalltechnology.com/isearch.pdf

Outline Example http://kingofalltechnology.com/outlineexample.pdf

Elementary Rubric for Writing http://kingofalltechnology.com/rubricwriting.pdf



Copyright Issues & Plagiarism Additional Sites!

  1. Creative Commons - a simple to understand explanation of this concept.
  2. Copyright Kids - Founded to advance the study of copyright law and the rights in literature, music, art, the theater, motion pictures, and other forms of intellectual property
  3. Copyright from CyberBee - interactive resource for learning about copyright issues
  4. Fair Use Policies - copying work and giving credit for it is still Infringement!
  5. 10 Big Myths about copyright explained - An essay about copyright myths. It assumes you know at least what copyright is -- basically the legal exclusive right of the author of a creative work to control the copying of that work
  6. Plagiarism Checker - free plagiarism detection on the Internet
  7. U.S. Copyright Office - Copyright basics
  8. http://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/student-copyright/ Ultimate Guide to Copyright for Students
  9. http://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/student-dmca/ The Ultimate DMCA Guide for Students
  10. http://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/student-plagiarism/ A Plagiarism Guide for Students


Research Help Questions

Step 1: Question

Be sure your topic is not TOO BIG or too small.  If you find information all over the place try to focus your topic.  If you cannot find any information easily try to expand your topic.

Write a specific research question or hypothesis.


Step 2: Gather

It is important to use authentic sources for your research.  Stay away from commercial magazines, focus on journals, primary source documents, interviews and other academic sources.  Medina subscribes to many resources for you, and the state provides us with some.

Create an annotated bibliography and record notes from sources.


Step 3: Conclude

Identify main topics and subtopics. Take your notes. Be organized.

Confirm thesis and outline main points.


Step 4: Communicate

SYNTHESIZE!  Put your notes together. Combine thoughts and ideas from different sources into new ideas. Phrase things in YOUR own words.

Prepare final essay or research paper.


Step 5: Evaluate





Improving your Writing with Google Docs


Improving Writing with Google Docs by Eric Curts (Help Guide)

Improving Writing with Google Docs by Eric Curts (Slide Slow Presentation)

Help Guide - "Improving Writing with Google Docs" (more detailed)
Google Document Link

Presentation - "Improving Writing with Google Docs" (less detailed)
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