TALONS Digital Literacy #2


Inquiry Question Proposal

Research Notes for ZIP + Annotated Bibliography

Script for ZIP Video

Final Video


Zip is a fast paced inquiry project that tests our research and time management skills. We start by creating an inquiry question that we can answer. We had the freedom to choose any project that we wanted, whether that be a skills like song writing, or a more research based question like a historical war. My inquiry question ended up being, “Why do odd spellings like ph and ey exist and is there any reason to keep these spellings in modern English?”  We were then given roughly two weeks to research and put together an artifact to represent our learning. There were no restrictions on how we showed our learning as long as the research was somehow implemented into the final artifact. For my artifact, I made a video of me answering my inquiry question and I tried my best to cram as much information into it as possible. We then presented our learning to our peers as we evaluated each other’s work.

6. I determine and use the most effective medium to present my work

After I had chosen my inquiry project, I had to choose how I wanted to present my work. But because my question was more research based, rather than skill based, there was no defined way to show my learning. So I brainstormed a few initial ideas, and came up with an essay, a powerpoint presentation, an infographic, a trifold, and lastly, a video. I immediately crossed out the essay and the trifold since they are both not very creative and are not the most enjoyable to make. I also assumed that my audience wouldn’t find it as interesting as a powerpoint presentation, or a video. Then later on during my research, I ended up eliminating the choice of an infographic mostly because I had a lot of information that I wanted to share and knew that I couldn’t fit all of that information on an infographic. Then finally, the choice came down to a powerpoint, or a video. I decided that I would only make a video if I had enough time to do so since making a video is very time consuming. In the end, I made a video since I had more time and wanted to show that I actually put a lot more effort into the video.

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

During the research phase of my project, I constantly had to check whether a source was actually credible. Some information on certain sources actually contradicted other sources, so I constantly had to fact check with other sources. If you take a look at my annotated bibliography , I have a few sites that I simply listed for the use of fact checking. For example, I often used wikipedia as a baseline to refer to. I would read the wikipedia article first and if a source contradicted what I had read on wikipedia, I would look for another source with similar to see which source was incorrect. I would also search up the writers of specific articles to see if they were actually credible people that I could take information from. An example of this being an article written by a person named Anatoly Liberman. Most of his article was actually quite bias against the topic and talked about ways the English language could approve, so I did a bit of background research on him to confirm that his claims and ideas would be credible. I turns out that he is indeed quite credible as an etymologist (Studies the history of language) from Oxford university as he has written many books and other articles talking about similar topics.

13. I attribute credit to ideas that are not my own by preparing a Bibliography/Works Cited and by using in-text citations

I am able to attribute credit to research and ideas that are not my own by creating an annotated bibliography/works cited.

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