Teach Online Research Skills AND Engage Students!

Teach research skills

Although young people today are savvy Internet users, often their skills are restricted to social media and video and photo sharing sites. Their research skills may be limited to a Google search and clicking on one of the first sites that appear.

Now, more than ever, a wealth of information is instantly available to students through their smartphones, tablets, and digital devices. But research skills are complex. The inquiry process involves critical and strategic thinking, skimming and scanning techniques, and evaluation of sources. Then information must be reworded and summarized, sources must be cited, and the results must be presented in a clear and appealing presentation. Learning an essential research process that can be applied throughout their academic years is critical for today’s students.


TechnoResearch is an all new project just released by TechnoKids Inc. that systematically teaches research strategies. Students not only learn foundational research skills, but they are also highly engaged as they create a fun fact card using Google Docs to showcase their knowledge. As they investigate a topic of their choice, students are guided through the research process:

  • Study samples – For inspiration and to gain an understanding of the research project, a collection of completed fun fact cards is surveyed.
  • Ask questions – Use the Research tool and Wikipedia to narrow the focus.
  • Create an outline – Organize ideas using headings.
  • Learn search strategies – Find multiple sources, assess if they are trustworthy and reliable, and learn how and why to cite the source.
  • Paraphrase and rewrite – Summarize and rephrase information to avoid plagiarism. Consider the reading level of the audience.
  • Build Word Processing Skills – Learn formatting techniques and add images to make a unique one page fun fact card.
Teach Research Skills

Using TechnoResearch, students learn skills to create a fun fact card on any topic.

The TechnoResearch technology project includes five additional, optional extension activities to challenge students further and build research skills. The goal of this project is to teach strategies that are transferable to any research project.


About TechnoHella

Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.