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
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Here are some things I use and you will also find links to some free online courses you can check out for Google Apps Skills. But... wait... what if you hate learning online? What if you want a blended course- meet in person and work online? What if you need 1:1 training? My calendar is online... you can schedule time and we can see how to best meet your needs.
I attend edcamps when possible. Edcamps are a great way to choose your own PD. If you come away from an edcamp without meeting some of your PD needs, you have only yourself to blame. I have Edcamp Access, Edcamp Boston, Edcamp Grafton and possibly Edcamp Quabbin on my schedule for the next few months.
Social Bookmarking and RSS
Teach for Google_
Synergyse Training (free trial)
Monica had some great ideas, some of which I will share with you here, but got me thinking about all the ways we could use Google forms every day. If you haven't seen the "new" Google forms, you may be a little surprised when you go to https://docs.google.com/forms/ or go to your Google Drive, click new, more and choose Forms. The icon is purple now and they have made a lot of cosmetic changes, and a few functional ones. If you've never tried forms- it's easy...and here's a series of 6 quick how-to videos (using the new forms) from Lori Alighieri.
Examples from Kern Kelley
Examples from Tammy Worcester
King of Interesting Ways: Tom Barrett
Eric Curts has a really nice tutorial ( Just a note: the images are not working on it tonight... perhaps they will be there when you click thru) Online Assessments with Google Forms
And last, but certainly not least- I found a really cool Google Add-on for forms.
Doc to Form AddOn
If you have assessments created in Google Docs, this can help you quickly and easily convert them to forms. Why, pray tell, would you want to do that? Well, you can automatically grade a lot of the multiple choice type quizzes and much, much more if you use forms. Unless you like to carry those bundles of papers back and forth...
"Doc to Form allows you to quickly and easily create a form from text within a Google Doc.
Doc to Form allows you to quickly and easily create a Google Form from within a Doc. Simply select text and click a button to add your questions. You can choose from a variety of question types - ideal for converting traditional worksheets to Google Forms."