5. Synthesis: Combine

What is Synthesis?
This is the fun step of the research process.  Synthesize means you take all the information and you pull it together in one organized piece:  a project, presentation, or report.  This is the creation step where you make something out of your research.  The best synthesis is when you can find a common element and connect the research.  

 5.1 Organize information from multiple sources

Today's digital world has transformed how we communicate.  Though writing research papers are important, students can also produce projects and solve problems (Everitt's PBL focus) through using information they found from research, and by using skills developed by researching.  

Educators might find this article about upgrading student tasks in a digital age:  "Education Needs a Digital Age Upgrade" by Virginia Hefferan.  

What does this mean for students?  There is now a wide array of tasks you can complete while developing and using your research skills.  Here are just some ideas:

  • Create a blog post
  • Design an infographic
  • Produce a video
  • Create a website
  • Record a screencast (or have a screencast be part of your project)
  • Design a public service campaign
  • Build a detailed Padlet to embed
  • Write and record a podcast

If you have to write the traditional research paper, the video on the right will help you through this process.  Also, Ms. Vezzetti in the library can help you with more instructional videos.  So, schedule a time with her to come to your class!

5.2 Present the information

This playlist on YouTube presents at least 33 videos from the Buck Institute for Education.  Each video profiles an actual PBL unit.   The Buck Institute for Education has some great resources for presentation:


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