Information Fluency/Element cube

My element was gold.

This is a link to my video- https://www.powtoon.com/my-powtoons/#/

Questions and answers:

What questions did you need to research in order to create your cube?

To create my cube I had to mainly research basic information about my element, such as: Who discovered my element? How was it discovered? What is its state at room temperature? What is its melting and boiling point? Common uses, interesting characteristics, who named it and more. As well as a couple other questions I was curious about, like for example, why is gold valuable?

What new or familiar digital tools did you try to use as you worked through this project?

I mainly used google as I am more used to it and can use it to the best of my ability. I also looked at a couple youtube videos to get a bit more of an understanding about the element. I did try to use some other sources like the riverside library but since I am more familiar with just using google it was more efficient for me to just use it the most. I did however, pay closer attention to what kind of websites I was getting my information from, and made sure the information was real, instead of just looking at random ones that could’ve been edited by anyone. I also checked variety of sources before putting down the information instead of just one.

What was the process you used to investigate the topic?

I found it very helpful to use Ms Jackson’s note template. First I wrote down all the questions in a notebook, before trying to find the answers. If I found different answers on different websites for the same question, I would just pick the most common one, and the one that seemed the truest to me.

How did you verify and cite the information you found?

I wrote down all the websites and sources I used at the bottom of the post, and on my cube. The way I verified that the information I was getting was true and real, was that I not only checked for who made the site, but I also checked more than one website for each answer to make sure the answers were the same, or similar everywhere.

How did the process of completing this challenge go? What could you have done better?

If I could go back and do it all again, I probably would’ve been more efficient with my time. Or at least plan it out better. I almost tried to do everything at once and got a little unorganized, so I had go back and fix some of it. Other than that I think the process went pretty well. I found a lot of good information and learned a lot about my element. I feel like since I took the time to look more carefully at the websites/sources I was using, all my information is better, and more realistic.

Sources:

http://onlygold.com/Info/History-Of-Gold.asp

https://www.theguardian.com/notesandqueries/query/0,,-194047,00.html

http://www.chemicalelements.com/elements/au.html

https://education.jlab.org/itselemental/ele079.html

https://www.webelements.com/gold/history.html