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Straight From Students: Smart Tips for Searching Online

Karoline Hestsveen, a high school student in Norway, collaborated with 26 other students and teacher Ann Michaelsen to write the interactive digital book Connected Learners: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom, a collection of anecdotes, tips, and ideas to help educators design their classrooms into student-driven, globally connected learning spaces. Karoline wrote the following chapter about using smart search tactics.

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Why “Googling It” Is Not Enough

Has the Internet changed the way students conduct research? Yes, and not always for the better, reports to a study released last week by the Pew Research Center, “How Teens Do Research in the Digital World.” According to a survey of more than 2,000 middle and high school teachers, “research” for today’s students means “Googling,” … Continue reading Why “Googling It” Is Not Enough →

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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 →

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Search Tip for Students: Try Predicting Your Search Results

Just as having students predict answers to math problems is a way of creating more meaningful learning, prediction can be a useful strategy in successful searching too. Search results can be presented any number of ways: tables and charts, videos, infographs. We teach students how to develop an understanding of the kinds of information that’s … Continue reading Search Tip for Students: Try Predicting Your Search Results →

Is Learning Facts a Trivial Pursuit?

By Tasha Bergson-Michelson Dear Savvy Searcher, You wrote recently about the importance of teaching search skills. What do you make of the whole idea that kids no longer need to learn facts because they can find answers so easily online? Do you think that is true? Concerned Teacher When I was growing up, we used … Continue reading Is Learning Facts a Trivial Pursuit? →

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Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know

Getty The Internet has made researching subjects deceptively effortless for students — or so it may seem to them at first. Truth is, students who haven’t been taught the skills to conduct good research will invariably come up short. That’s part of the argument made by Wheaton College Professor Alan Jacobs in The Atlantic, who … Continue reading Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know →

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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 →

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How to Embrace the Wild, Wild Web

Flickr: Andronicusmax By Kyle Palmer There are more than a trillion Web pages on the Internet. This incredible abundance of information and the ease with which it can be searched sometimes fails to counteract the confusing chorus of anonymous sources. In his new book Too Big to Know, Harvard researcher David Weinberger articulates this ambivalence … Continue reading How to Embrace the Wild, Wild Web →

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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.

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