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University of Connecticut Neag School of Education ORCA

Let Me Try Overview

In this section, you have the opportunity to score actual ORCA videos from students who have taken the assessment in the past. The videos are arranged by topic area (Energy Drinks, Video Games, Snacks, Contacts), skill area (Locate, Evaluate, Synthesize, and Communicate), and level of performance (high, medium, and low). To practice scoring, watch the video and use the score point rubric below each video to score each score point as "acceptable" or "unacceptable."  Then click on "Check Answers."  You will be told whether each answer you chose is correct or incorrect.  Please read below for a description of each skill area, including Locate, Evaluate, Synthesize, and Communicate.  See the Video Key for information about whether each video shows high, medium, or low performance.  

Locate

Readers are asked to locate research task instructions in either an email inbox or on a wiki home page.  Readers are then asked to conduct an appropriate keyword search to find a specific article whose title is given (restricted tasks) or to find a website that helps to answer the research question (unrestricted tasks).  Next, students are asked to identify a relevant link in a set of search results on the first click and to provide the complete and accurate website address of the article. 

Evaluate

Readers are asked to identify the name of the author or creator of the website, determine if the website author is an expert on video games or eye health and explain how they know, describe the author’s point of view and a piece of evidence (words or images) that supports the author’s point of view, and, finally, to evaluate the overall reliability of the site.

Synthesize

Readers are asked to use the digital notepad to record the most important idea that they found at Website 1 about the topic of their task.  After reading Website 2, readers are then asked to send a summary of what they learned about their topic from BOTH Websites 1 and 2. Their response should include important details from both websites and use their own words. Readers are reminded to use their notepad to review their notes.  Then, after reading two more websites (Websites 3 and 4), readers are asked to send a summary of what they learned about their topic from BOTH websites 3 and 4. Their response should include important details from both websites and use their own words to explain their thinking. Students are reminded to use their notepad to review their notes.  Next, readers are asked to send a summary of what they learned after reading all FOUR sites. The topic of their summary is slightly different for each task. Students should include details from the webpages and use their own words to explain their thinking. Students are reminded to use their notepad to review their notes and think about the authors of each website.

Communicate

Readers are asked to compose an email message or to edit the existing wiki with a short report of what they learned during their research.  Readers are asked to be certain to explain their thinking and to include their website sources in their message.  Finally, readers are asked to send the message or save the wiki when they are done writing.