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Searching the web 101

Searching the web 101






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    • What your students (and you) need to know
      Searching the Web 101
    • The Internet…
      A global collection of computers that makes the sharing of ideas and information possible
      The source of a great deal of knowledge
      Access to experts, real-time video feeds, and eye-witness accounts
    • The Internet…
      Requires students to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize great quantities of information
      Makes it difficult to control information/content to which our students are exposed
    • The Role of the Teacher
      No longer the sole source of facts/information
      Facilitate the learning process through adequate collection, analysis, evaluation, and synthesis
    • Teaching students to examine reliability and validity of online sources is important
    • Search Engines
      Companies (or individuals) purchase key phrases to ensure placement in a search
      Certain search engines are better suited for particular searches
      www.noodletools.com will help choose the best search engine
      Often, a domain name is purchased to garner business or support an idea
      Ex. MartinLutherKing.org is owned and operated by a white supremacist group
    • Teach students to Evaluate the search results
      .com—commercial site
      .gov—military site
      .edu—educational site
      .org—anyone with a credit card can purchase a .org domain name
      Special characters in the URL may indicate a deviation from a main page:
      ~, %, “member” all indicate personal opinion/bias may be present
    • Teach students to evaluate a Web Site
      What links are there? Links only to web sites by the same author are suspicious.
      Is there advertising present? Decent sites will have paid advertisers.
      What is the author’s purpose?
      Look back at the site’s history (www.archive.org)
    • Allow students to access and Use the Web!
      Access an author’s blog or website
      Access an expert or eye-witness’s blog
      Have students create a class blog to teach course content
      Have students post online discussions with each other of their readings, experiments, learning, ideas