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The BCPS Online Research Models (ORMs) and Slam Dunks are learner-centered digital research lessons designed to guide students through a structured inquiry process. The research models have been developed by collaborative teams of library media specialists, teachers, and content specialists at the BCPS summer curriculum workshops since 1998. The structure and process for these customized lessons are informed by research-based information literacy process models including Guided Inquiry Design (Kuhlthau, Maniotes, and Caspari) and the Slam Dunk Digital Lesson (McKenzie).

Students who use these self-guided online research lessons are challenged to employ thoughtful reading and use of digital media; analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information; and collaboration, communication, and creativity using a variety of tools to build and present knowledge. The research models integrate learning across the content areas with the development of information literacy and other 21st century skills. Lessons are aligned to specific content learning standards, Common Core State Standards, AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner, ISTE Standards for Students and the P21 Framework.

The Online Research Models and Slam Dunks are supported by skill-building resources for developing information literacy in our BCPS Research Guides for Grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12. Digital tools supporting the research process and student content creation are also available on our ODL Resource Wiki. For more information about these resources, contact the BCPS Office of Digital Learning.

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World Languages
Visit the BCPS Grades K-4 or 5-8 Research Guides for information literacy learning resources.
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Career & Technology Education
College & Career Readiness
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Digital Citizenship
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English Language Arts ELA

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Mass Communications
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Visit the BCPS Grades 5-8 Research Guide for information literacy learning resources.
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Career &
Technology Education

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Digital Citizenship
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English Language Arts
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Health &
Physical Education
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Mathematics
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Science
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Social Studies
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Visual & Performing Arts
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World Languages/ESOL
Visit the BCPS Grades 9-12 Research Guide for information literacy learning resources.
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