Understanding
Web Search
Ellen Gustafson
It all starts with an
INFORMATION NEED.
Where is the riptide?
What TV shows are showing on Saturday night?
When is the next full moon?
Where is the nearest post o...
http://www.polleverywhere.com/my/polls
You'll need a cell phone (with texting
capabilities) or a computer with internet
co...
A search engine is
a TOOL and a TEXT.
Use it like a lever.
Read it like a book.
Concept Mapping
This video:
http://youtu.
be/BNHR6IQJGZs
For additional
information and
resources, visit:
http://www.google.
com/insidesea...
How to use the search engine
to your advantage...
Formulate your search...
Focus on desired results
Use key words / ideas
Utilize strategies
In essence, think like a machin...
"exact phrase"
one OR the other
exclude -this
include all ending*
only search site:example.edu
include unknown * here
no p...
Evaluate results
Reliability
Relevance
Intention
Number - Do you need to try again?
Let's put it all together
and practice... If you were in the basin
of the Somme River at
summer’s end in 1918,
what langua...
If you were in the basin
of the Somme River at
summer’s end in 1918,
what language
would you have had to
speak to understa...
Closing Thoughts:
What did you learn about search engines
and/or search strategies from this lesson
that you didn't know b...
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Literacy Strategy: Understanding Web Search

  1. 1. Understanding Web Search Ellen Gustafson
  2. 2. It all starts with an INFORMATION NEED.
  3. 3. Where is the riptide? What TV shows are showing on Saturday night? When is the next full moon? Where is the nearest post office? When does daylight savings time begin? How can I get from San Francisco to Baltimore? Where can I get a fake ID? What country has twice as many sheep as people?
  4. 4. http://www.polleverywhere.com/my/polls You'll need a cell phone (with texting capabilities) or a computer with internet connection for this next activity. Yes, it's okay to take out your phone in class. Before we get started...
  5. 5. A search engine is a TOOL and a TEXT. Use it like a lever. Read it like a book.
  6. 6. Concept Mapping
  7. 7. This video: http://youtu. be/BNHR6IQJGZs For additional information and resources, visit: http://www.google. com/insidesearch/ howsearchworks/t hestory/
  8. 8. How to use the search engine to your advantage...
  9. 9. Formulate your search... Focus on desired results Use key words / ideas Utilize strategies In essence, think like a machine!
  10. 10. "exact phrase" one OR the other exclude -this include all ending* only search site:example.edu include unknown * here no punctuation ... you can even search an image! For more tips and tricks, visit http: //www.google. com/intl/en/insidesearch/tipstricks/basi cs.html and https://support.google. com/websearch/ answer/136861?hl=en. You can even take an online course to increase your Google Fu at http://www. powersearchingwithgoogle.com/
  11. 11. Evaluate results Reliability Relevance Intention Number - Do you need to try again?
  12. 12. Let's put it all together and practice... If you were in the basin of the Somme River at summer’s end in 1918, what language would you have had to speak to understand coded British communications? The question on this slide was created by Google Education, accessed from http://www.google. com/insidesearch/searcheducation/lessons.html#challenges, and used thanks to a CC-BY license
  13. 13. If you were in the basin of the Somme River at summer’s end in 1918, what language would you have had to speak to understand coded British communications? Thinking out loud... What are we trying to find? What do we need to know to find it? ○ place? ○ why 1918? ○ speaking the language?
  14. 14. Closing Thoughts: What did you learn about search engines and/or search strategies from this lesson that you didn't know before?

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