1Beyond SearchLucy Gray • GAFE IL Summit http://www.lucygray.org
Google’s Mission To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Online content Ofﬂine contentBillions of web pages Billions of items becoming indexed
A New Digital Divide• Those who know how to “think” about search vs. those don’t.• Those who know how to validate soft information vs. those don’t.• Those who know where to ﬁnd information in new “hot” channels vs. those don’t.• Those who understand the current culture of informal languages vs. those don’t
A New Digital Divide• Those who know how to get information to travel to them vs. those who still chase it.• Those who have the knowledge and skills to create and re-mix digital media vs. those who don’t.• Those that understand that learning is a continual process vs. those that view learning as achievement. -Helen Blowers, Columbus Metropolitan Library
Guiding Thoughts• Search is the essential 21st century skill.• The responsibility of teaching search to kids lies within the entire school community.• How can educators help students to organize, access, and leverage their collection of information in useful ways?
29Organizing a Search What is it I’m looking for? (think about common keywords) How would someone else talk about it? (what words would they use? how would THEY describe it?) Which of those terms would be most common? Which of those terms would be very specialized to this topic? What kind of thing would make me happy? (do I want a single web page, a deﬁnition, a collection, an image.... or … ?)
30Keyword Choice Think about what you are trying to ﬁnd Choose words that you think will appear on the page Put yourself in the mindset of the author of those words Use synonyms Start broad and use just a few words, then go deep Use contextual terms
31Other Search Tips Use speciﬁers Example: [Illinois population wikipedia] Try an image search when normal means fail, you might ﬁnd something that will be useful or spark your interest in a diﬀerent way. Word order matters—when it’s not working one way, try another. When searching for common phrases, don’t leave out the “stop words.” Use double quotes to ﬁnd a particular sequence of words Example: “Daniel M Russell” , “L Frank Baum”, “Chicago Bulls”
33Keep in Mind Everything is searchable. Control + F is incredibly useful. Nothing stays constant on the web. Advanced Search and Preferences are available with each product. RSS feeds are usually also available. Just about every product has a team blog.
56Try Search Features education resources k12 science fair volcanoes Garageband tutorials Studs Terkel was born in * weather Northbrook IL 2000 dollars in pesos Chicago Cubs Chicago IL DIS, KO or PEP earthquake sunrise Chicago IL
65Try Google News Go to http://news.google.com Type in a search term. Click on Advanced Search. Restrict your search to a particular news source. Set up a Google News alert for your school. Do a search for your school’s name and look for the Google Alert link at the bottom of the page. (http://www.google.com/alerts)
82Try Google Scholar Go to http://scholar.google.com Enter a search term such as John Dewey, Brown vs. Board of Education, or NASA and see what you can ﬁnd. Customize your results. For instance, see if you can select Illinois courts and search for using a term of your choice. Do another search using the keyword mobile. Click on Advanced Scholar Search. Narrow your results by entering “Learning and Leading with Technology” in the publication ﬁeld.
95Try Google Book Search Do a search for the following authors, pick a title, and click on About This Book and explore: Gwendolyn Brooks Abraham Lincoln Ernest Hemingway Ray Bradbury Scott Turow Studs Terkel Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Make sure you are logged into your Google account and search for your favorite books. Create shelves and add books to your shelves. You can link to your My Library to share your collections with others.
Help & Resources• Google Inside Search• Google Search Basics• Google Guide Quick Reference• Google in Education Diigo Group
Conclusion• Plan on learning new skills.• Nothing stays constant on the web.• Remember to check settings and advanced search functions within Google Products.• Search engines are continually improving.• New search tools are always being developed• Make research to be a part of everything that you do in the classroom. Teach and model this attitude to your students.• Help students and colleagues develop a research stance across content areas using News, Scholar, and Book Search.• Encourage your school or district to adopt search tools and strategies globally.