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Weekend Website #107: Google Search Education

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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4 thoughts on “Weekend Website #107: Google Search Education

  1. This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing! I teach middle school special education and a big part of our writing curriculum is introducing research projects to our students. I often dread this unit because so many of my students do not know how to appropriately use search engines to help them get the material they are after. What a great tool! I look forward to checking this out and hopefully using it in the very near future! I will have to check back in with you and share my findings! Thanks again!

  2. I am a new middle school technology teacher starting a program with an independent school district. Any suggestions on how to begin? I don’t want to just jump in with Web 2.0. What basics do they need to know? Excel, keyboarding, etc? Please help…

    • Hi Crystal–I use a tech curriculum by Structured Learning (truth: I’m the editor for them!). You can check it out here–http://www.structuredlearning.net/book/k-8-tech-curriculum-set/. It shows which skills to introduce when so students get grounded in tech, ready for all school demands. If you’d like, I can have their Curriculum Counselor contact you–Zeke Rowe. I won’t send him your email without your permission!

      Let me know if I can answer anything else.

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