Do your students know how to search effectively?
Does this jibe with what you have observed? Search is a gigantic topic. It is also one of the things that I find that many students and sometimes their teachers don’t have much information about. One could easily spend an entire year teaching a course on search… but let’s condense it to a blog post for today.
There are some amazing resources online if you want to learn more. Google has a site for educators with lesson plans. There are two online courses to help you learn more about search. This one on power searching is ongoing- starts up every 2 weeks and there is a great course called advanced power search that you can take any time and progress through at your own pace.
Alan November has been a strong advocate for information literacy for years. Here are a couple of questions from his site. Can you answer them?
*What clues in a Web address might indicate you are on a personal website?
* How would you conduct a search for the following: a list of Web sites of all the academic institutions in South Africa? (Hint: South Africa’s country code is .za)
HES resources include links for search on Symbaloo. Symbaloo gives you a handy visual way to bookmark helpful links for search for students. Although one can make a custom Google search for student use, my experience has been that after the first link the students tend to wander off to the omnibox.
A quick overview of the changes teachers and media specialists see in schools today.
Remember- You Can't Just Google It!
Google Tips and Tricks
Favorite Infographic for Search from Hack College