How to Guide Student Inquiry
Different frameworks are available to support teachers in guiding students' inquiry. I have chosen to use the Guided Inquiry Design model (Kuhlthau, Carol C., Leslie K. Maniotes and Ann K. Caspari. 2012) because it based on what students actually experience during their research, not merely what they should experience during their research.
Instructional Materials for Media Literacy
There are so many resources available for teaching media literacy and research skills that it can easily become overwhelming to sort through them. There are many places for teachers to begin, including the information from their school district, content areas, and educational platforms such as Common Sense Education and PBS Learning Media.
Ultimately, teachers need to include media literacy as part of their instruction in order to help students proficiently navigate the internet - and therefore need to make decisions about how to best teach their students what is most needed. Below is my Digital Literacy Mind Map that is intended to help teachers see what is available (with links to the sources included) in an organized way, supporting them in making decisions based on the needs of their students.
Students need the ability to analyze messages they see through media - especially if they're looking up their own resources. Here are some questions from Project Look Sharp to help students know what to focus on when coming upon new information. Teachers do need to pull out the questions that matter the most in each round of student inquiry so that students don't get overwhelmed. Therefore, the questions below are for teachers' resources.