How I Use It
As a middle school librarian, I use Noodle Tools to introduce the topic of research to students in grades 6, 7, and 8. This product allows students to conduct research projects in any subject from start to finish. The students create thesis statements, research questions, work cited records (in a variety of formats), note cards and an index to systematically complete their projects. Students have the choice of different text levels , as well as different citation formats, which allows for a variety in any subject. Student work is completed electronically, and projects can be completed on any computer where there is an internet access. Notecards may be organized according to topic and inserted directly into an index just by clicking and dragging. The index (and facts) are printable, to help with the creation of the final product.
Noodle Tools has been a great addition to our library resources. It adapts itself well to all subjects and curriculum and can be adapted to any grade or skill level for all students. All the pertinent phases of research are covered and the teacher has access to all the student accounts. This is a very helpful tool which enables the instructor to log in and monitor the progress of each student during the project. Noodle Tools allows me the opportunity to focus on the purpose of using a bibliography in their research, rather than just teaching the mechanics of a bibliography. One area of difficulty I am finding with Noodle Tools is that some students are struggling with note taking right from the screen. The notes page can be a little complex for students, but with monitoring this difficulty can be avoided. Creating an index that includes the student's entire project with existing note cards is an invaluable tool. The student can create their project quickly and easily, and if changes need to be made they are done fast and efficiently. Noodle Tools works seamlessly with Google Docs/Drive. Since every assignment is electronic, there is no worry about lost papers, materials or things being left in their lockers. This is one tool that I would not allow the library to be without.