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Why It’s Important to Understand Google Ranking

Students rely heavily on ranking–or how search tools decide the order in which to display results–to help them select sources to read. Most of us do, but the data about students comes from researchers Andrew Asher of Bucknell University and Lynda Duke of Illinois Wesleyan University. The researchers presented the findings of their latest study … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Understand Google Ranking →

Google Launches New Search Education Site with Lesson Plans

Google has launched a new site called Search Education aimed at educators who want to teach online search strategies. The site includes lesson plans geared at different levels of expertise — beginner, intermediate and advanced— as well as training videos that walk through different strategies for subjects like using Creative Commons and Google maps. The … Continue reading Google Launches New Search Education Site with Lesson Plans →

Can’t Confirm That Quotation? Search Google Books

Flickr: dstrelau Dear Savvy Searcher, “We have hit a stumper. A colleague is looking for confirmation that Maya Angelou said the following (along with where and when): ‘We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter … Continue reading Can’t Confirm That Quotation? Search Google Books →

Search by Color? A Little-Known Trick to Find the Right Image

Flickr: Richard Morton By Tasha Bergson-Michelson At its heart, clever searching lies at the intersection of critical thinking, imagination, and the savvy use of technical tools. Google Search Educator Tasha Bergson-Michelson begins a series of guest posts about innovative ways to approach finding information and the problems we can solve when we bring together technology, … Continue reading Search by Color? A Little-Known Trick to Find the Right Image →

Google Launches Redesigned Education Site

Google has revamped its site for educators, creating a redesigned repository for all its educational tools and resources for teachers, schools, and students. The newest feature is News and Calendar, a listing of all events and deadlines for Google’s education endeavors. Google also created an online booklet called Google in Education: A New and Open … Continue reading Google Launches Redesigned Education Site →

12 Ways to Be More Search Savvy

As quick and facile as searching the internet can be, there are ways to be even more efficient, more search-savvy. It's our responsibility to teach kids how to find and research information, how to judge its veracity, and when it's time to ask for a grownup's help.

Back to School with Google Chromebooks

Yesterday was the first day of school for Grace Lutheran School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Among the various tasks that the students had to accomplish today were establishing their Google accounts and setting up their new Chromebooks. There’s already a certain excitement that comes with a new school year, but according to principal Peter Iles, the … Continue reading Back to School with Google Chromebooks →

Where Does Disruption Begin? With Teachers Who Teach Teachers

Disrupting the entrenched education system is daunting. There are 7.2 million teachers in the U.S., 76 million students, and more than 98,000 public schools, according to a government census (as of 2008). So what’s the most effective way to unshackle the current archaic system from ineffective tactics that no longer work in the digital age? … Continue reading Where Does Disruption Begin? With Teachers Who Teach Teachers →

Can Learning How to Blog Change Makeal’s Life?

How can learning to blog make a lasting impact on a 12-year-old boy living in a rough, East Oakland neighborhood? In the second installment of MindShift’s My Education series, which examines whether technology in learning can have a lasting impact on low-income kids through the perspective of one child, the question focuses on Makeal Surrell, … Continue reading Can Learning How to Blog Change Makeal’s Life? →

How are Educators Using Google Plus Hangouts?

As more people join Google’s new social network, Google+, they’re figuring out how to take advantage of some of the innovative uses for the site. One obvious use for educators is to boost their personal and professional network, particularly as the service offers more granular controls for privacy and sharing. Within these Circles, as each … Continue reading How are Educators Using Google Plus Hangouts? →

How Do you Negotiate Public and Private Personas on Twitter?

As teachers try to suss out how to integrate Google+ with their Facebook and Twitter networks in and out of the classroom, the line between public and private posts becomes that much more the focus of discussion. Google+ has made it somewhat easier by making users decide specifically which circles to post to. That function … Continue reading How Do you Negotiate Public and Private Personas on Twitter? →

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