April , 2014
Google is one of the primary search engines students turn to when doing their research. On the face of it, searching Google seems as simple as typing in a search query and waiting for returned results. In fact, effective Googling is way trickier than that. To be able to tap into the real potential of Google and to understand how to get accurate search results, students need to learn different search tips and skills that most of them overlook or at best ignore.
Google search tips section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning features a wide variety of materials and resources that teachers can use to teach their students about the art of effective Googling. Additionally, Google has also designed a set of 15 wonderful lesson plans ready to be used in class with students. These lesson plans are arranged by level of difficulty and are meant to hone in students search skills and make them better searchers.
Click here to check the entire lesson plan map. Below are the titles of the five lessons Google provides:
- Lesson 1: How can appropriate search terms and queries guide targeted searches?
- Lesson 2: How and why do researchers evaluate search results?
- Lesson 3: How can I narrow my search to get the best results?
- Lesson 4: How and why do researchers evaluate search results?
- Lesson 5: How do I evaluate and decide which credible sources to use for a specific task?
Here is a snapshot of how the first lesson plan looks like: