USING THE INTERNET TO SEARCH EFFECTIVELY










GENERAL SEARCH ENGINES

GOOGLE
An awareness that Google is not the only search engine is important as each search engine has a different purpose.


SHORT ON TIME?
THESE ARE A MUST VIEW

Basic searching

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RlB1CJovTs





Advanced searching

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzH1oYA4Gv0





Advanced Image search

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m34py7XWiCw





Combined advanced search and advanced image searching

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXzgUZpu-bE





DIGGO SEARCHING THE INTERNET TUTORIALS
https://www.diigo.com/user/jssalc/internet_searching_tutorials



EXCELLENT INSTRUCTION TOOL FOR TEACHERS - AIMED AT UPPER PRIMARY




Education Resources for Web Literacy

http://novemberlearning.com/educational-resources-for-educators/information-literacy-resources/

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WIKIPEDIA and its usefulness
Wikipedia can a starting place to get an general understanding of a new topic or concept. It is now improved in its quality control (as content needs to be substantiated) and often can be the most current source of information on a topic. Weblinks and references to supporting information can assist students to explore more deeply about a topic. It is a springboard tool in my opinion.

Like all sources ACCURACY of content needs to be assessed and this is a skill that students need to develop.
Some teachers are still concerned about using wikipedia, but it should be viewed and assessed like any information source for:
  • CURRENCY
  • RELEVANCY
  • ACCURACY
  • BIAS


One way to do this is using RADCAB - an acronym for Relevancy, Detail, Currency and Bias. This is an excellent online tutorial for students designed to teach them about these key aspects.


OTHER TOOLS


NOODLETOOLS - is a student research platform.

GREAT KIDS SEARCH ENGINES

READY TO DIG FURTHER?

The following search engines are designed for younger students in mind. I strongly encourage younger students to use these.

Duck Duck Go
Sweet Search
Schoolr
Fact Monster
Other recommendations


GOOGLE SEARCH HINTS

Understanding how to research and locate relevant information is a life skill. Students need to understand how different search engines work in order to be successful and efficient in their searching.

When searching students (at the very least) need to understand the following
- Key words and designing a search query
- Identifying what they need to find!
- Relevance to inquiry
- Ability to scan and re-assess the research process.








KEY WORD SEARCHES





ADVANCED SEARCHING IN GOOGLE






POWER SEARCHING WITH GOOGLE








OTHER TIPS & TRICKS


UNDERSTAND BOOLEAN

the BOOLEAN MACHINE


TUTORIAL

BOOLIFY TUTORIAL


Using simple 'tricks'such as using CONTROL F - to find a key word in a webpage or a lengthy PDF saves time and can be helpful to analyse the usefulness of a resource to the current inquiry.

Designing a search query is also where some students struggle. This tutorial explains how to do this.
Additionally, the following video looks at the importance of key word order when searching in Google.




Why Word Order Matters in Google Searches created by Google's Search Anthropologist Daniel Russell.

Another great resource is the list of 10 GOOGLE SEARCH HINTS
(These last two resources came from Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers site.)


WEBSITE EVALUATION




Sourced from
Kathy Scrock
http://www.schrockguide.net/information-literacy.html

View this site for a video on the 5w's by Kathy.


ADDITIONAL TUTORIALS


GOOGLE INSIDE SEARCH

POWER SEARCHING WITH GOOGLE

GOOGLE 101

SEARCHING WITH SAVY

FINDING FACTS INTERACTIVE