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Ten Tips for Teaching Students how to Research and Filter Information : Primary Tech

Ten Tips for Teaching Students how to Research and Filter Information : Primary Tech
Posted by Mrs Kathleen Morris on Tuesday, May 29th 2012 I was recently involved in a conversation about how difficult it now is to filter what is on the internet and research effectively. In the past, students would primarily use books to research; being overloaded with possibly unreliable information wasn’t really an issue. Teaching students research skills is becoming increasingly important. Some refer to the filtering and critical evaluation of information as ‘web literacy’. Unfortunately, many teachers don’t feel confident with their own skills to be able to assist their students with this. Some schools get around this issue by heavily blocking the sites children have access too. I’m no expert in this area but I have compiled a list of ten tips that I try to give my students to help them with internet research and filtering. Search: Start with some general key words. Image: 'not quite clear on the concept' What tips can you add? Related:  google tipsmattmuellerData processng distribution and archiving

Educational Paradigms: Learning and Leading in the 21st Century: 10 Google Th... Digital Learning Day is March 13th. Here are ten things to try. All compliments of Google. 3-Create and Use the built in Task Feature (Google’s To-Do List) With Google Cultural Institute you can find landmarks and world heritage sites, as well as digital exhibitions that tell stories behind the archives of cultural institutions across the globe. 8-Create playlists in You Tube for use in class. You Tube is owned by Google and you already have You Tube account. Google Classroom helps teachers create, assign, and collect student classwork and homework paperlessly. 10-Finally understand what Google+ is. Get better and learn more about any Google App using the Apps Learning Center I'm reading: 10 Google Things to Try for Digital Learning Day Tweet this!

How To Create A Custom Search Engine For Your Students How To Create A Custom Google Search Engine For Your Students by TeachThought Staff While many teachers embrace the chaos of digital research, for others setting students loose on Google is a recipe for a research project chock-full of Wiki Answers and other less-than-ideal information sources. Because evaluating the credibility of information is an important part of any research project, giving your students proper tools to do the cognitive heavy lifting is critical. Luckily, Google gives you the option to customize students’ search experience to rope off certain sections of the internet, or to gently emphasize others. Below is an overview of the steps, from naming the search engine and choosing the sites you’d like students to select from, to customizing search features and sharing the link with students. How To Create A Custom Search Engine For Your Students 1. 2. 3. 4. Note that you may have to tweak the formula until you get the results you’re looking for. 5.

mapreduce - What is the optimised way to get a count of keys in a riak bucket? How To Teach Kids How To Search The Internet is the New Reality: if you can't Google it it didn't happen, isn't true. Here are some of the essentials you have to know in order to navigate such a moldable reality. Google Doesn't Understand Questions When you type in something like "who won the war of 1914?" Google doesn't know what you mean. It doesn't understand that you are asking a question. Instead, it tries to find all pages on the Internet that have the words "who won the war of 1914" on them. Google Doesn't Know Best When you search something in Google they don't give the best pages or the most true ones. The results you see when you do a search are arranged by popularity: the more people like a website, the higher Google puts it in its list. google sorts by pages by how popular they are, not how good they areSometimes the most popular results are right, sometimes they're not. Sometimes the pages with the best information are not so popular. Advertisement On The Web 1. 2. Advertisers Know What You Do Online Re-search

Making the Most of Google Docs: Tips & Lesson Ideas Since attending the Google Teacher Academy in April, I have been trying to learn as much as possible about each Google application. The result? I am realizing how little I actually knew about these tools and how tragically I was underutilizing them! So, in this blog want to share some information on basic functionality as well as fun ideas for using Google Docs (now Google Drive for some of us) with students. Back to Basics Let’s start with a definition, Google Docs “is a suite of products that lets you create different kinds of online documents, work on them in real time with other people, and store your documents and your other files — all online, and all for free.” Types of Docs: Documents Documents are a free online word processor. Click here to check out “Google Docs in the Classroom” a resource created by CUE and WestEd for Google. Forms “Collect RSVPs, run a survey, or quickly create a team roster with a simple online form. Use forms to: – Collect student data & get to know them better

The end of ‘just Google it’: Why students need to be digitally literate Just because young people are functionally very capable, doesn’t mean they always have the criticality to appraise the wealth of information available. English teacher Jennifer Wilson discusses how critical thinking and digital literacy need to go hand-in-hand. Most students in school today are digital natives. They’ve grown up with smartphones and tablets, interacting with the world in a very different way than we did 15 years ago. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we're just a click away from information about any topic imaginable. With that in mind, it’s worth considering how schools can prepare students to respond to the wealth of information available, to them and how they can use technology for personal and social benefits. "Delivering a lesson on iPads in front of students who were vastly more comfortable with this technology was daunting." Digital literacy is about more than the practically competent use of devices. Why do students need to be digitally literate? 1. 2.

Version 5 of Bucardo database replication system Bucardo 5, the next generation of the async multimaster replication system, has been released. This major release removes the previous two source database limitation, allowing you to have as many sources (aka masters) and as many targets (aka slaves) as you wish. Bucardo can also replicate to other targets, including MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, SQLite, MongoDB, and Redis. Bucardo has been completely rewritten and is more powerful and efficient than the previous version, known as Bucardo 4. This article will show a quick demonstration of Bucardo. For this demo, I used a quick and disposable server from Amazon Web Services (AWS, specifically a basic t1.micro server running Amazon Linux). # Always a good idea:$ sudo yum update # This also installs other postgresql packages:$ sudo yum install postgresql-plperl # Create a new Postgres cluster:$ initdb btest We cannot start Postgres up yet, as this distro uses both /var/run/postgresql and /tmp for its socket directory.

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask 1. What can the URL tell you? Techniques for Web Evaluation : 1. 2. 2. 1. INSTRUCTIONS for Truncating back a URL: In the top Location Box, delete the end characters of the URL stopping just before each / (leave the slash). Continue this process, one slash (/) at a time, until you reach the first single / which is preceded by the domain name portion. 3. Check the date on all the pages on the site. 3. 1. What kinds of publications or sites are they? Are they real? 3. Expect a journal article, newspaper article, and some other publications that are recent to come from the original publisher IF the publication is available on the web. Look at the bottom of such articles for copyright information or permissions to reproduce. 4. 1. a. Type or paste the URL into's search box. b. 1. The pages listed all contain one or more links to the page you are looking for. If you find no links, try a shorter portion of the URL, stopping after each /. 2. 5. 1. 2. WHY? More About Evaluating Web Sources

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Google Calendar Explained for Tea... November 1, 2014 Google Calendar is one of the best free web tools I have been using for few years now. As a teacher, you can use Google Calendar for a wide variety of purposes. You can, for instance, create events and share them with your students and parents; you can use it to share important dates and information with students. You can also create reminders about assignments and share them with your class, and if you have a classroom blog or website, you will also be able to embed your calendar in it. Today I am sharing with you this wonderful collection of video tutorials to help you learn more about Google Calendar and tap into its full educational potential. 3- Create events, invite guests and Email attendees in Google CalendarThe Gooru 5- Add attachments to Google Calendar events The Gooru 6- Five hidden Google Calendar gems by dottotech

Free Technology for Teachers Documentation: 9.3: High Availability, Load Balancing, and Replication Database servers can work together to allow a second server to take over quickly if the primary server fails (high availability), or to allow several computers to serve the same data (load balancing). Ideally, database servers could work together seamlessly. Web servers serving static web pages can be combined quite easily by merely load-balancing web requests to multiple machines. In fact, read-only database servers can be combined relatively easily too. This synchronization problem is the fundamental difficulty for servers working together. Some solutions deal with synchronization by allowing only one server to modify the data. Some solutions are synchronous, meaning that a data-modifying transaction is not considered committed until all servers have committed the transaction. Solutions can also be categorized by their granularity. Performance must be considered in any choice. The remainder of this section outlines various failover, replication, and load balancing solutions.

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