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FLIP It! (TM) was developed by librarian and educator Alice H. Yucht as a set of reflective questions to guide learners throughout the information process. It serves as a clear and concise framework upon which to structure the basic student research task. The acronym FLIP it! stands for- F- FOCUS: Specifying the TopicL- LINK/LOCATE: Strategizing the Process I- INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT: Sorting, Sifting, and Storing the DataP- PRODUCE/PRESENT/PAYOFF: Solving and Showing the Results IT! - the Intelligent Thinking Needed Every Step of the Way. More detailed information may be found on Alice Yucht's website at http://www.aliceinfo.org/flipit/ The four modules in this collection will lead students through this four-step process and introduce them to free online tools and services that can aid and enhance the research pursuits. These Web 2.0 advances give today's students new ways to formulate, organize, collaborate, attribute, preserve, and share their research.This is Part I - FOCUS Students will be introduced to several free online tools and services that can aid in the beginning stages of research projects - those tasks that FOCUS the project and aid in the formulation and growth of initial ideas such as brainstorming, collaborating with groups, topic and thesis statement formulation, scheduling, and outline preparation.Links are included to all websites and Flash demonstrations will lead students through possible uses of these tools. To complete the full collection of four modules, students should take the linked pre-test first (printable document),work sequentially through Parts I,II,III, and IV, do the suggested activities that accompany each part, and then complete the post-test (printable document).

Welcome to flip it! part i - focus!

FLIP It! (TM) was developed by librarian and educator Alice H. Yucht as a set of reflective questions to guide learners throughout the information research process. It serves as a clear and concise framework upon which to structure the basic student research task. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

    The acronym flip it! stands for-

  • F- FOCUS: Specifying the Topic
  • L- LINK/LOCATE: Strategizing the Process
  • I- INPUT/INVESTIGATE/IMPLEMENT: Sorting, Sifting, and Storing the Data
  • P- PRODUCE/PRESENT/PAYOFF: Solving and Showing the Results
  • IT! - the Intelligent Thinking Needed Every Step of the Way.
More detailed information may be found on Alice Yucht's website at (External Link) .

Connect flip it! to web 2.0

The four modules in this collection will lead you through this four-step process and introduce you to free online tools and services that can aid and enhance your research pursuits. These Web 2.0 advances give today's students new ways to formulate, organize, collaborate, attribute, preserve, and share their research.

Part i - focus! what is involved in this step?

As you begin the FLIP It! process in your research, your first steps fall under "F" for FOCUS. These are those tasks that FOCUS the project and aid in the formulation and growth of initial ideas such as brainstorming, collaborating with groups, topic and thesis statement formulation, scheduling, and outline preparation. As you can imagine, this phase is critical and sets the stage for the success of your project. Getting organized now is key. Do you need to share and collaborate with a partner or group? What materials will you need to share and work on together? Will you meet in person or virtually/online? What kind of schedule do you have - weeks, months, days? Do you need to formulate a thesis statement and/or an initial outline?

Develop the skills needed to focus!

    Focus is - zooming in on your subject

  • Defining the problem/Formulating the question
  • Narrowing the scope
  • Beginning the process of identifying specific subtopics/ key search terms to consider
  • Understanding the kinds of questions/answers needed
  • Comparing Formats and Genres

Free online tools to help you focus!

Web 2.0 means that today's online environment includes tools designed to help people share and collaborate with one another. You probably use social networking websites such as MySpace, Facebook , and Twitter every day. More than likely, you communicate with friends and colleagues on these sites and via your cell-phone and other devices. There are many other sites and tools out there that are designed or can be used to facilitate your academic research projects. Sharing class notes, choosing research topics, composing thesis statements and outlines are just some of the research tasks that the upcoming tools can help you with.

Video presentation - part i - focus!

Click on the image below to view a video demonstrating some of the resources that can help you FOCUS.

The Flash video has audio that starts a few minutes into the presentation.
Part One Flash Video

Think about....

As you are introduced to these online sites, services, and tools, there are some important things to keep in mind. There may be alternatives to each that you prefer over the tools presented here. If you use others and find them effective, by all means keep using them! Also, an effort was made to include only free services, but pricing models can change. Features can evolve and change. None of these tools should be relied on without your involvement, understanding, and input. Be critical of these tools and rely on your own knowledge of your assignments as well as that of your fellow students and instructors. There are times when your research can benefit from face-to-face resources rather than online/virtual options. Web 2.0 is about choice and we hope to present you with some here that can enhance, not replace, methods and tools that you already use or that your instructor requires.

Try the tools! suggested activity - focus!

Now, it is time to try some of these tools yourself! Click on the suggested activity link for login information and suggestions of tasks to try.

What's next?

Now, you are ready to move on to the next module - Part II - LINK/LOCATE.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
learn
Google
da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
revolt
da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
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Source:  OpenStax, Flip it with web 2.0 - free online tools to enhance the student research process. OpenStax CNX. Feb 25, 2011 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11175/1.3
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