Academic journal article The American Biology Teacher


Academic journal article The American Biology Teacher


Article excerpt

NoteStar. 2006. Created and developed by The Advanced Learning Technologies in Education Consortia (ALTEC) at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. http://notestar.4teachers. org. Accessed on September 4, 2006.

System Requirements

A JavaScript compliant browser with enabled JavaScript (ALTEC strongly encourages MAC users to use Internet Explorer because certain operations do not perform properly in Netscape.)

NoteStar is a free utility without advertisements on the student pages that helps students complete assignments requiring citations and communicate with their instructor. Students can focus more of their attention on the research topic because the details of taking notes, keeping track of the corresponding citations, and formatting the citations correctly are managed with NoteStar. It encourages students to respect copyright laws and to avoid plagiarism, which is a responsibility of all authors. The following is an inventory of the instructor and student NoteStar tools:

* NoteStar tools help instructors to:

--create and assign projects to students

--check citations for legitimacy

--help students learn to organize notes

--track each group's progress with completing a task

--manage projects easily for multiple classes.

* NoteStar tools help students to:

--create topics and sub-topics for each research topic

--assign topics and sub-topics to specific group members

--take notes from Web sites, books, magazines, journals, and newspapers and format references that correspond to the notes

--add a button to the Internet Explorer links bar to make taking notes easy because Internet citation information (including title and Web address) is automatically captured to assist in creating a citation

--track information regarding their citations

--organize their notes and sources to create printable notes and bibliography. …

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