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Weekend Website #107: Google Search Education

Posted by on September 21, 2012

Every Friday, I share a website (or app) that I’ve heard about, checked into, and become excited to use. This one is tools available for teachers to help their students maneuver the often-tricky machinations of the internet.

Google Ed research

A complete course in how to search using Google

Age:

5th Grade+ (or precocious youngers)

Topic:

research, internet

Address:

Google Search Education

Review:

With so much of the world’s content online, it is critical students understand how to effectively search the web for quality sources. To answer that need (and as an obligation that goes along with their status as one of the top search options for students) Google launched a new website aimed at educators who want to teach online search strategies. It includes a series of lessons to guide students in meaningful searches to assist with schoolwork and beyond. Lessons are divided into three groups: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced with five lessons in each category. Each lesson includes detailed step-by-step directions, Internet links and screen shots, options to adapt lessons to each teacher’s unique student population, and suggestions for differentiation of instruction. And, if your school follows Common Core Standards, it notes which standards are met with each lesson (I like that). Lessons are written using the popular ‘backward design’ tenets promulgated by Wiggins and McTighe.

The series of lessons cover the following topics:

  • Picking the right search terms
  • Understanding search results
  • Searching for evidence for research tasks
  • Narrowing a search to get the best results
  • Evaluating the credibility of sources

Here’s an example, via YouTube:

Want Google’s overview? Watch this:

Anyone try it? I’d love to hear from you.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a K-6 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, creator of two technology training books for middle school and six ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blog, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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