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Critical Search Skills Students Should Know

Critical Search Skills Students Should Know
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not. Helene Blowers has come up with seven ideas about the new digital divide – four of them, the ones I felt related to searching, are listed below. The New Digital Divide In an age of information abundance learning to effectively search is one of the most important skills most teachers are NOT teaching. Teachers – especially in the elementary grades -need to develop a shared vocabulary around the skill of searching. Critical Search Skills Students Should Know Quotation Marks Students should always use quotes to search for an exact word or set of words. Example: “The Great Chicago Fire” Dashes (or minus sign) Use this symbol directly before a word to help exclude unwanted information from your search Example: Great Chicago Fire -soccer Two Periods

Evaluating Websites Evaluating WebsitesBasic Guidelines | Introduction to Students | Additional Resources As the Internet becomes a more important part of teaching and more accessible to students, teachers need to be more aware of the importance of teaching students to be critical of the web. Students need to realize that just as not everything seen on television or read in newspapers is true, not everything found on the Internet is true. As students are introduced to the Internet, they should be made aware of website evaluation. Use these basic evaluation guidelines (or others from the resources below) when surfing the Internet. CARS Checklist (from Evaluating Internet Research Sources by Robert Harris(CARS = Credibility, Accuracy, Reasonableness, Support) * See handbook sections Resource Site Evaluation and Web Project Evaluation for examples of the CARS evaluation method. Return to Northwest SchoolTechnology HandbookTable of Contents

Using Images as Research Prompts to Teach Google Search Strategies Over the last month I've shown the picture that you see to the left during a number of presentations and workshops. I've used the picture to model using pictures to spark students' minds at the beginning of lessons on search strategies. This is a strategy that I've developed by borrowing ideas from Daniel Russell's Search ReSearch activities and Dan Meyer's strategy of using videos and pictures to prompt students to ask math questions. When I show the picture to the left during my workshops (click it to enlarge it and feel to use it yourself) I simply ask people to share the questions that come to mind when they see it. All four of the questions above can be answered by using various search strategies and tools. Create your own image-based search lessons. For pre-made search lesson activities, take a look at the Google Search Education page.

Searching for and Citing Digital Sources for Research Paper using MLA Style Introduction: Begin by asking students what search engines they use to locate information. (Responses will probably include Google,, and perhaps Google Scholar). Once you have received all responses tell students there are many search options available to them depending on the type of information they are looking for. Step 1: All students should be at a computer with Internet access. Once students are ready to begin research, explain to them that they must have five sources to cite, each one should come from a different search engine. Step 2: Once students have posted their web sites and evaluations, they will create a "Works Cited" page of the sources using MLA format. Step 3: Demonstrate how to use Son of Citation Machine to site a web page. Gordon, Sarah. Explain to students that their entries must be in alphabetical order and double-spaced.

10 Google Search Tips All Students Can Use I'm often asked for recommendations on how to help students use Google more effectively. This morning I sat down and thought about the recommendations that I make most frequently when I am asked. I wrote up my list and put it into PDF form for you to download and print if you like. A few things about the PDF. The list is not detailed (I wanted to keep it to one page) so you may have to show your students how to do some of the things on it. Techniques Google Search Star Welcome | Teaching Copyright Power Searching - TCEA's Get Your Google On Google search operators allow you to further customize your searches to give you only the results you want. Common file extensions are shown below, including the file types in which they are classified: Office documents cpr, cwk, cws, dcx, doc, dot, fax, fp, fp3, frm, gim, gix, gna, gnx, gra, mcw, mdb, mdn, met, mpp, obd, pdf, pps, ppt, pre, prs, rtf, shb, shw, wb1, wb2, wdb, wk1, wk3, wk4, wks, wp, wpw, wp4, wp5, wp6, wpd, wps, wpt, wq1, wq2, wri, ws1, ws2, ws3, ws4, ws5, ws6, ws7, wsd, xls, xlt, docm, docx, dotm, dotx, potm, potx, ppam, ppsm, ppsx, pptm, pptx, xlam, xlsb, xlsm, xlsx, xltm, xltx Video and multimedia avi, cfb, cmv, dir, gal, m3d, mmm, mov, mpe, mpeg, mvb, qt, qtm, xtp, xy3, xy4, xyp, xyw, mpg, wmv Music and sound aif, aiff, ams, cda, dcr, dsm, idd, it, mdl, med, mid, mp3, mtm, mod, mus, nsa, ra, ram, rm, rmi, rtm, snd, stm, svx, s3m, ult, voc, wav, wow, asf Images Executables

Teacher Resources for Learning about Copyright and Fair Use February 11, 2014 Working with digital media materials implicitly entails a tacit knowledge about the different concepts related to copyright and fair use. I have always insisted through the posts I shared in the "copyright materials for teachers " section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on the importance of teaching our students about how to properly credit sources and documents they grab from Internet. Of course copyright literature is huge and complicated and is hard to understand it all but having a working rudimentary knowledge of what relates to copyright issues within educational settings is not something to sweat over. In this regard, I am sharing with you this great course entitled "Copyright Crash Course" from University of Texas that outlines in a very clear and eloquent language the different things we, as teachers and students, need to know about copyright. The main points covered in this course are featured below.

Crawling & Indexing – Inside Search – Google L'exploration pour trouver l'information Nous utilisons des logiciels appelés robots d'exploration pour détecter les pages Web accessibles au public. Le plus connu de ces robots s'appelle Googlebot. Les robots d'exploration examinent les pages Web et suivent les liens qui y figurent, de la même façon que lorsque vous naviguez sur Internet. Le processus d'exploration commence par une liste d'adresses Web issues d'explorations précédentes et de sitemaps fournis par les propriétaires de sites. Des programmes informatiques déterminent les sites à explorer, la fréquence à laquelle l'exploration doit être effectuée, ainsi que le nombre de pages à explorer pour chaque site. Options pour les propriétaires de sites Web Pour la plupart des sites, il n'est pas nécessaire de définir de restrictions pour l'exploration, l'indexation ou la diffusion des pages : celles-ci sont susceptibles de s'afficher dans les résultats de recherche sans qu'aucune étape supplémentaire ne soit nécessaire.

Evaluating Web Sites: A Middle School Lesson Plan Subjects Educational Technology Grade 6-8 [facebookbadge] Brief Description Students learn the six criteria for evaluating Web sites and then use those criteria to locate three sites that provide good information and three that do not. Objectives Students will Understand the six criteria for evaluating Web sites Identify Web sites with accurate, relevant, and current information on a given topic Keywords Internet research, Web site evaluation, information literacy Materials Needed Computer access Access to a word processing program, such as Microsoft Word or AppleWorks, or materials students can use to write their work. Lesson Plan To prepare for this lesson, review the Education World techtorial Improving Media Literacy, which explains the six criteria for evaluating a Web site: coverage, objectivity, currency, origin, accuracy, and purpose. Begin the lesson by asking students if they think everything on the Internet is accurate. Assessment Lesson Plan Source Education World Submitted By

What Is Plagiarism? Please Don't Plagiarize! Show transcriptHide transcript Did you know that copying text from the Internet and posting it somewhere new without saying where you got it is a form of cheating? It's also called stealing. And How To Avoid It - A Guide For ESL Learners Do you plagiarize? Plagiarism is an illegal form of copying. Examples of plagiarism copying and pasting from the Internet and posting somewhere else without proper citationputting your name on another person's essay or projectcopying exact wording from another person's textusing another person's photo, diagram, sounds, or ideas without proper citationpresenting research in your own words without providing your referencespurchasing another person's text and using it as your ownpresenting ideas in the same format and order as your research sourcehaving a teacher, native speaker, or higher level student edit your paper to perfection Why do English learners copy? Here are some common excuses English learners use: International Plagiarism