What do your students do when they are searching for information? Do they know how to search by key words or do they type in an entire question? For example, if you gave students the task of finding the capital of Russia, what would they type? Would they type “what is the capital of Russia”? Would they refine their search with key words like “Russia capital”?
We all feel that effectively searching for information is a valuable 21st century skill; however, we may not be entirely comfortable with teaching our students how to do this. We may not be familiar with some of the search tools available to students to make searching effective and easy. Google has developed easy to use lesson plans and resources for teachers to use. You can find them here.
- Picking the right search terms
- Understanding search results
- Narrowing a search to get the best results
- Searching for evidence for research tasks
- Evaluating credibility of websites
Lessons are differentiated by beginner, intermediate, and advanced.