Search Like a Pro - Lucy Gray - Tech Forum 2012


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My portion of a presentation on search given at Tech Forum Chicago 2012 on May 4, 2012.

For the full slide deck, including Hank Thiele's and Michael Gorman's slides, please visit:

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Search Like a Pro - Lucy Gray - Tech Forum 2012

  1. 1. Search Like a Pro Lucy Gray • Tech Forum Chicago 2012 1
  2. 2. Google’s Mission Online content Billions of web pages Offline content Billions of items becoming indexed To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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?
  6. 6. Did You Know? Parisian Love Story
  7. 7. What’s Your Search Story?
  8. 8. Inside Web Search 8
  9. 9. A Google A Day 9
  10. 10. Chrome App 10
  11. 11. Search Stories 11
  12. 12. Search Education Hub 12 New!
  13. 13. Dan Russell
  14. 14. Control + F
  15. 15. Organizing 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 … ?)
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  18. 18. Web Search Lessons 18
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  20. 20. Help & Resources • Google Inside Search • Google Search Basics • Google Guide Quick Reference • Google in Education Diigo Group
  21. 21. Conclusion • Plan on learning new skills. • Nothing stays constant on the web. • 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.