Dear Otto: How Do I Teach Citations?

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Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please complete the form below and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names.

Here’s a great question I got from Mary:

Based upon the Common Core expectations, how should we have students in grade 3-4 and 5-6 cite sources for research?

There is no easier way to teach citations than using an online citation creator:

Plug the information in on your SmartScreen to show students how it is done, and let the citation creator do the rest. Take time to explain the importance of each entry so students understand. This is fundamental to molding digital citizens out of the wild digital natives who enter your classroom. Help them understand the responsibilities that go hand-in-hand with the rights they acquire by accessing information on the internet.

Here’s an example using EasyBib:

citations online

How do you-all accomplish this seemingly complicated task with your students?


Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

Author: Jacqui
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

2 thoughts on “Dear Otto: How Do I Teach Citations?

  1. Dear Jacqui,
    Do you have these current events/news sites for kids on you website?
    I use them a lot and the learners love it.

    * DOGO NEWS
    Fodder for young minds
    http://www.dogonews.com/

    * CBBC NEWSROUND
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

    CHRISTIAN KIDS NEWS MAGAZINE
    http://mightymag.org/

    CCN FOR STUDENTS
    Older Students
    http://edition.cnn.com/studentnews/

    * NEWSPAPER FOR KIDS
    Good synopsis of relevant news.
    http://newspaperforkids.com/

    A particularly great free clipart site I have been using lately…
    ** PIC GIFS
    http://www.picgifs.com/

    Rox – South Africa

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