Especially for Kids-More Ways to Search for Information


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A stand alone PPT lesson for kids 3rd-5th about how to search the internet with search tools especially designed for them.

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    1. 1. A lesson Google by Paula Young Especially for Kids -More Ways to Search for Information before beside or beyond
    2. 2. Contents – you can click on each section or all the way through <ul><li>Google vs. KidsClick! </li></ul><ul><li>The ‘Invisible’ Web </li></ul><ul><li>Your School Library Catalog </li></ul>click click click
    3. 3. Google vs. KidsClick! <ul><li>Need to know something? </li></ul><ul><li>Just Google it, right? </li></ul><ul><li>Google is great, but there are other ways for kids to search the internet and beyond. </li></ul><ul><li>There are some search tools made especially for kids and one of these is KidsClick! </li></ul><ul><li>Why would you go there instead of Google? </li></ul>
    4. 4. Advantages of searching with KidsClick! <ul><li>It’s made for kids so they know what you want </li></ul><ul><li>No advertising to confuse or distract you </li></ul><ul><li>Less wasted time- your result list is much more likely to have just what you need </li></ul><ul><li>No inappropriate results to worry about </li></ul><ul><li>Each result shows its reading level to help you find that “just right” article </li></ul>
    5. 5. Take a look at KidsClick! Type (NOT .com) Search by alphabetic subject here (like c for cars or cats ) Search by Topic and Subtopic here Search by typing your words here
    6. 6. If I type cars I get this result: See the Reading Level for each site? Grades 0-2, 3-6, 7+ But that’s just a guide, not a rule. Search Results: 12 Now, why is this better than Google?
    7. 7. Advantages of searching with KidsClick! <ul><li>It’s made for kids so they know what you want </li></ul><ul><li>No advertising to confuse or distract you </li></ul><ul><li>Less wasted time- your result list is much more likely to have just what you need </li></ul><ul><li>No inappropriate results to worry about </li></ul><ul><li>Each result shows its reading level to help you find that “just right” article </li></ul>
    8. 8. But, only part of the internet can be found with search engines. Some of it is hidden. It may be called the Invisible Web or Deep Web . In this part you can find many articles, documents, and pictures that have been published in magazines, newspapers and other sources but are only available by paying a fee or subscription. How do you get to this part of the internet? You must use a database . What is that and how do you find it? A database is a collection of data (information). Your school library and public library have paid the fee for databases so that you can use them just by logging in. Go online to your school library page. It will look like this -- How do I get to the school library page?
    9. 9. How to get to the school library page: From school: Login Go to the Internet (it will give you the Cy-Fair Homepage) On the Cy-Fair Homepage, click on Departments click on Libraries click on Elementary click on your school name -- There you are! OR -- Your teacher or librarian may have another way for you to get there! From home or any place with internet: Go to the internet go to (then same as above) Departments – Libraries – Elementary – your school *Tell your friends and family – it works for Middle School and High School, too!
    10. 10. There are two tabs: Home and Catalog The Home tab has many links, but the one we are looking for is EBSCO . Home tab Click on EBSCO: a database collection. At the login screen, enter the User ID and Password given by your librarian or teacher.
    11. 11. Click either Searchasaurus or Kids Search Elementary School
    12. 12. They both have a Dictionary and Encyclopedia . You can search for pictures / images as a separate group. You can search for articles (not websites) by topic browsing or search terms in the box. for youngest students – or anybody! for elementary students – or anybody!
    13. 13. Notice the helps in Detailed Search Select the type of document you want OR chose them all. Always click Full Text so you don’t get just a summary (abstract) of an article. This helps you focus your search for better results.
    14. 14. Some things to notice about your search results : You can filter or narrow your search in several ways. Most items have a Reading Level (Lexile). What are HTML and PDF ? Which do I pick? HTML is usually plain text only without illustrations. PDF is an exact copy of the original, like a photo, and it has all the pictures or drawings.
    15. 15. HTML Full Text – a plain typed version of just the text. It loads quickly and doesn’t waste space. PDF Full Text – looks just like the original magazine with color, graphics, and photos. It may take longer to load and may be hard to read. Zoom in or out to see what you want. Here is one article shown both ways for you to see the difference: “ The Best Cars You’ve Never Heard Of”
    16. 16. Another great source of information: Your School Library Catalog Library Search . This is where you go to look for books in the library. If you haven’t tried all of these tabs yet, try them soon! WebPath Express is a way to search for websites and books in your library at the same time! Wow! Take a look!
    17. 17. WebPath Express -3 ways to search Search – enter your words or check out some featured items Browse by subject list Visual Search Now let’s look at the results-
    18. 18. A search for sharks – through the Browse choice This is a list of Web Sites about my topic. I could narrow my list by grade level or just look at all and notice the grade level tag . It’s also annotated (a little summary). By clicking on the Titles tab I can now see a list of the books that my library has about this topic, without doing another search.
    19. 19. Quiz time: What did you learn about searching for information? 5 questions <ul><li>Read each question carefully. </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the best answer. </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t get it right, try again! </li></ul><ul><li>Reread any page to help you review. </li></ul>Click to START Quiz
    20. 20. Question 1 <ul><li>Which one is NOT a reason to use KidsClick to search the internet? </li></ul><ul><li>1. No a dvertisements. </li></ul><ul><li>2. It shows you the reading level of the website. </li></ul><ul><li>3. You can win prizes. </li></ul><ul><li>4. It has kid-friendly and appropriate results. </li></ul>
    21. 21. <ul><li> You’re right! </li></ul>
    22. 22. <ul><li>Sorry. Try Again! </li></ul>
    23. 23. Question 2 <ul><li>True OR False? </li></ul><ul><li>All of the internet information can be found with Google or another search engine. </li></ul>True False
    24. 24. <ul><li> You’re right! </li></ul>
    25. 25. <ul><li>Sorry. Try Again! </li></ul>
    26. 26. Question 3 <ul><li>If I need the text (words) of an article but not the pictures, which kind of file should I pick? </li></ul>HTML PDF
    27. 27. <ul><li> You’re right! </li></ul>
    28. 28. <ul><li>Sorry. Try Again! </li></ul>
    29. 29. Question 4 <ul><li>True OR False? </li></ul><ul><li>Your school library catalog can help you find web sites and books. </li></ul>True False
    30. 30. <ul><li> You’re right! </li></ul>
    31. 31. <ul><li>Sorry. Try Again! </li></ul>
    32. 32. Question 5 <ul><li>True OR False? </li></ul><ul><li>Your school library catalog can only be used when you are at a school computer. </li></ul>True False
    33. 33. <ul><li> You’re right! </li></ul>
    34. 34. <ul><li>Sorry. Try Again! </li></ul>
    35. 35. Congratulations! <ul><li>You have finished this search lesson and quiz. </li></ul><ul><li>Now it is time for you to try out these tools: </li></ul><ul><li>KidsClick! (a kid’s search engine/directory) </li></ul><ul><li>Kids Search (Invisible Web ) (a database from EBSCO) </li></ul><ul><li>WebPath Express (from Follett Software through your school library catalog) </li></ul><ul><li>Using only these tools you will complete the </li></ul><ul><li>Searching Scavenger Hunt. </li></ul>
    36. 36. Acknowledgements KidsClick! - owned and operated by the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Kids Search and Searchasaurus - from EBSCO through Cy Fair ISD WebPath Express – from Follett Software Company through Cy Fair ISD library catalogs Just for Teachers  Lesson Plan that accompanies this PPT: Lesson Plan HERE
    37. 37. Just for Teachers <ul><li>*At the KidsClick! Homepage there is a note at the bottom that says: </li></ul><ul><li>- What does this page look like through a Librarian's Eyes? Check it out! </li></ul><ul><li>*At the KidsClick! Homepage, at the top, click on Search Lessons: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Worlds of Web Searching - This is a cute and great tutorial for you and/or older elementary students. It is a little outdated in some places and some of the links are now dead, but overall quite valuable. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>*At Kids Search (which is designed for K-8, but you’ll be surprised at how many ‘grown-up’ magazines and newspapers are included, not babyish by any means) </li></ul><ul><li>- teach students how to use the Detailed Search feature </li></ul><ul><li>- In the News – great resources for Current Events! </li></ul><ul><li>*At Searchasaurus </li></ul><ul><li>- Find articles by Lexile Reading Level very quickly and easily . WOW! </li></ul>
    38. 38. Especially For Kids – More Ways to Search for Information A Lesson Plan Grade/Subject: 3 rd -5 th Grade any subject – for search lessons about any topic Objectives: Students will explain how search tools for kids may serve them better than adult tools Students will use KidsClick! as a search engine to find information on the web Students will explain the function of a database Students will access a database and use it to locate information Students will access the WebPath Express tab of their school library catalog and use it to locate both websites and books at the same time Materials: Computers with Internet access Interactive PowerPoint: Especially For Kids – More Ways to Search for Information Handouts: Searching Scavenger Hunt -- a teacher created scavenger hunt. Students visit each of the three search areas from the PPT and find a designated topic plus one of their own choosing. Selected pieces of information will be asked for on the scavenger hunt from the search results. Lesson: Introduction -Discuss ways that students find information. For online sources, discuss how they have been doing this so far. Have students view the Interactive PowerPoint at their own pace. Students pick up their Searching Scavenger Hunt page and proceed at their own pace. Class discussion about what they learned – a ‘Rose and Thorn’ talk (one good thing, one problem) Assessment: Successful answers to the built in Quiz of 5 questions in the PPT. Successful completion of the Searching Scavenger Hunt Successful participation in class discussion