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Digital Literacy #3 – PTI Presentations

DL #3 – PTI Presentations

The social studies project I chose for DL is my PTI presentation. PTI or Part-Time Indian was a unit we did where we read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and we discussed problems Indigenous people face in Canada and the US. The PTI presentations were presentations where we were assigned to research and present a topic related to Indigenous people. My group was tasked with researching and presenting on Reserves, and their living conditions. Below are my group’s PowerPoint presentation and our word document we planned on.

Reserves & Living Conditions (click here for PPT)

Research Project (Click here for word planning doc)

  1. I go beyond google and use databases to find scholarly research sources

For the PTI presentation, we were tasked with using sources from scholarly sources instead of using Wikipedia and Google. So for this assignment, we went beyond using Google, and we used online databases to acquire a lot of scholarly information on our topic. This information came from sources on various databases available through the school website. The most used database for us was Gale In Context Canada. We were able to find research articles and surveys that had information on reserves in Canada. and incorporate the information into our presentation. These sources can be found at the end of the PowerPoint, or throughout the word document.

2. I use digital spaces to plan and execute collaborative projects with my peers

During my PTI presentations, my group created a word document that had all our notes, sources, and scripts for the presentation. This is an example of us using digital spaces to plan and execute collaborative projects as the word document acted as a tool to organize all of our information and scripts, and it ensured everybody had a role or a part in the final presentation. We also used this document to make sure everybody was doing their work and had an acceptable part completed by the end of each meeting. Having everybody’s scripts in one place also allowed us to prevent any repetition of information.

3. I critically assess research sources for Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Purpose

For the PTI presentations, we had to use online databases for the majority of our research. Though most of the articles and sources on the databases were reliable, we still had to CRAP test them to make sure they were current, relevant, had authority, and had purpose. To see this, all of our sources are from the last 5 or so years, have purpose, and are from reliable origins. During the research period of this assignment, I used the CRAP test to get rid of non-current sources. For example, a source I found looked good, but it turned out to be from the ’80s and therefore wasn’t current enough to include.

4. I respond to the work or ideas of my peers in a way that is compassionate and productive

Throughout this assignment, I responded to the work and ideas of my peers productively, acknowledging the effort they put into completing their work and holding open conversations on how to maximize the impact of our presentation. As a group, we were flexible and listened to each others’ ideas. We didn’t have any conflicts, and we got everything completed thoroughly on time. I never shut anyone down or insulted their ideas, even if they weren’t incorporated into the final product.

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