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Strategic
SEARCH
Start Your Engines!
★ Training Site link: bit.ly/intrepidchrome Elizabeth H. Eastman
How do students
usually start a
search?
-- > Backchannel Chat
Strategic Searching will...
… save time & maximize learning.
… find most relevant content to accomplish learning goals.
… ...
How do I create a
precise keyword
search?
Defining Terms and Keywords
… Don’t ask Google questions! Instead --
… Pull specific key words out of questions you have
…...
★ Kids’ Guide to Google Search
★ The Key to Keywords (Common Sense Media) & Google: Search Beginner LESSON
What do students do when they
don’t get good results
from first search attempt?
Persistence, Grit, Self-management
… teach them not to expect instant magic answers
(& design assignments with this in min...
What can you do when you
don’t get good results at first?
… Combine and recombine. Adjust & re-adjust.
-- > consider alter...
Begin with...
… ‘Safe Search’ Settings
… Point out ads & sponsored links
… Learn about how search engines work
& get Insid...
Safe Search: Turn ON or OFF
● Search engines usually look for each word you write.
When looking for a phrase, use quotes.
● This creates a more specif...
Include or Exclude Words
Use a dash in front of any terms you don’t want to show up
Advance Search page
Quotes “ ”
“search”
When looking for a phrase, use quotes. Quotes glue words
together in search results in exact words.
“i...
‘Advanced Search’ variations:
Test drive a few more...
● Synonyms:"~" tilde operator
Try this first: [car engine] Then try...
Safe Search: Turn ON or OFF
Research Tool within Document!
Google Researcher Tool
1. Tools Dropdown > Research Inside a Doc.
or CTRL+ALT+R
2. Search Everything, Images, Quotes, Dict...
What is Duck Duck Go? -- > Cheatsheet
Instagrok -- > A New Way to Engage Students
Finding Dulcinea: Web Guides
Benifits of...
Use Search Engines
in combination with
curation tools
Guide students learning & research with…
★ Shared doc’s
★ Googlesite...
SEARCH Lesson Plans
(search terms, understanding results , narrowing search, evaluating
credibility, research tasks
● Sear...
● Right Sites (3-5)
● How Can I Choose Good Websites for my
Research? (3-5)
● Identifying High Quality Sites (6-8)
https:/...
How do students know if
an article or a site is ‘good’ for
their assignment?
Which link
should I follow?
Read the URL (Alan November)
Anatomy of a URL
● Do you recognize the domain name?
● What is the extension in the domain na...
How do you know information is …
credible and trustworthy?
From list of 5 sites, choose 1 to evaluate.
1. http://kids.nati...
How do you know information is
credible and trustworthy?
No single element points to credibility...
Some REAL Questions to...
Ask about the Author
http://www.whois.net/
● Is the author's name on the site?
● Is there a contact person or e-mail addre...
Examine the Content
Examine the Content
http://www.martinlutherking.org/
● Is the information
helpful?
● Is the information
correct?
● Are the...
Look at the Links
● Who is linked to the Web
site?
> Why are they linking?
● What do other sites say
about the information...
Look at the Links
● Does the site have more resources
and links?
● Do the links work?
● Do links and resources show any
bi...
Wikipedia?
● Top 10 reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely on
Wikipedia
● Wikipedia in the Classroom
● Wikipedia Discourages...
★ Contact Me: @elizbtheastman
★ Find Me: about.me/elizbtheastman
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Strategic Search

  1. 1. Strategic SEARCH Start Your Engines! ★ Training Site link: bit.ly/intrepidchrome Elizabeth H. Eastman
  2. 2. How do students usually start a search? -- > Backchannel Chat
  3. 3. Strategic Searching will... … save time & maximize learning. … find most relevant content to accomplish learning goals. … require students to think critically about range of information they find. An Essential Skillset for Students!
  4. 4. How do I create a precise keyword search?
  5. 5. Defining Terms and Keywords … Don’t ask Google questions! Instead -- … Pull specific key words out of questions you have … Choose 2-3 key words (with most important first) … Don’t use words you don’t need. Search engines often don't use short common words like "a", "it" and "the" in searches. If you really need the search engine to use those words, then you can use quotes.
  6. 6. ★ Kids’ Guide to Google Search ★ The Key to Keywords (Common Sense Media) & Google: Search Beginner LESSON
  7. 7. What do students do when they don’t get good results from first search attempt?
  8. 8. Persistence, Grit, Self-management … teach them not to expect instant magic answers (& design assignments with this in mind) … understanding will develop from many ideas pulled from multiple sources
  9. 9. What can you do when you don’t get good results at first? … Combine and recombine. Adjust & re-adjust. -- > consider alternatives and brainstorm synonyms … Try more key words to get more specific or different ones altogether-->Concept Web … Try Instagrok (create a concept map for key word ideas)
  10. 10. Begin with... … ‘Safe Search’ Settings … Point out ads & sponsored links … Learn about how search engines work & get Inside Google SEARCH
  11. 11. Safe Search: Turn ON or OFF
  12. 12. ● Search engines usually look for each word you write. When looking for a phrase, use quotes. ● This creates a more specific search when you are getting too many irrelevant pages. Example: Search for "Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln" instead of Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
  13. 13. Include or Exclude Words Use a dash in front of any terms you don’t want to show up
  14. 14. Advance Search page
  15. 15. Quotes “ ” “search” When looking for a phrase, use quotes. Quotes glue words together in search results in exact words. “imagine all the people” Exclude a word -search Excludes results with exact word or phrase jaguar speed-car pandas -site:wikipedia.org Search for either word OR Search just one of several words, include OR (capitalized) between the words. [Without the OR, your results would typically show only pages that match both terms] “Benjamin Franklin” or “Thomas Jefferson” Search for a number range .. Separate numbers by two periods without spaces (..) to see results that contain numbers in a given range of things like dates, prices, and measurements. camera $50..$100 Add or remove filters Options appear above results to customize results ‘Advanced Search’ variations: Test drive a few..
  16. 16. ‘Advanced Search’ variations: Test drive a few more... ● Synonyms:"~" tilde operator Try this first: [car engine] Then try: [~car engine] ● Excluding words from a Topic: “-” Don't forget: No space between the minus and the word to exclude! Search salsa recipe -tomatoes. Search salsa -dance. ● Numeric Range: use two numeric parameters with two dots in between Numeric Range U.S Presidents 1900..1950 nobel peace prize winners 1980..2009 ● Related - use related: plus the url of a web site, e.g related:nytimes.com related:kids.nationalgeographic.com
  17. 17. Safe Search: Turn ON or OFF Research Tool within Document!
  18. 18. Google Researcher Tool 1. Tools Dropdown > Research Inside a Doc. or CTRL+ALT+R 2. Search Everything, Images, Quotes, Dictionary, Your Personal Drive Content 3. Hover over a result > Preview, Insert links, & cite references (choose formatting) 4. Right click over any text you’re writing about to do further research on it. Try it!
  19. 19. What is Duck Duck Go? -- > Cheatsheet Instagrok -- > A New Way to Engage Students Finding Dulcinea: Web Guides Benifits of Oolone - Visual Search Engine
  20. 20. Use Search Engines in combination with curation tools Guide students learning & research with… ★ Shared doc’s ★ Googlesite & Ex. ★ Edmodo ★ Symbaloo & Ex. ★ Others?
  21. 21. SEARCH Lesson Plans (search terms, understanding results , narrowing search, evaluating credibility, research tasks ● Search Beginner LESSON ● Search Intermediate LESSON ● Search Advanced LESSON Google Search Education Resources
  22. 22. ● Right Sites (3-5) ● How Can I Choose Good Websites for my Research? (3-5) ● Identifying High Quality Sites (6-8) https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators http://www.schrockguide.net/critical-evaluation.html
  23. 23. How do students know if an article or a site is ‘good’ for their assignment?
  24. 24. Which link should I follow?
  25. 25. Read the URL (Alan November) Anatomy of a URL ● Do you recognize the domain name? ● What is the extension in the domain name? A domain name and extension can sometimes provide clues about the quality of information of a site or tell you what a site is about. ● Are you on a personal page? (you may see a % or a ~ in the URL....)
  26. 26. How do you know information is … credible and trustworthy? From list of 5 sites, choose 1 to evaluate. 1. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/history/martin-luther-king-jr.html 2. http://www.thekingcenter.org/about-dr-king 3. http://www.martinlutherking.org/ 4. http://www.biography.com/people/martin-luther-king-jr-9365086#synopsis 5. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0455052/ Submit your website evaluation in this FORM
  27. 27. How do you know information is credible and trustworthy? No single element points to credibility... Some REAL Questions to ask: 1. Read the URL 2. Examine the Content 3. Ask about the Author 4. Look at the Links Clip: Using Critical Thinking to Find Trustworthy Websites ●
  28. 28. Ask about the Author http://www.whois.net/ ● Is the author's name on the site? ● Is there a contact person or e-mail address? ● Is their any information about the author? ● Does the author know the topic well? Is he or she an expert?
  29. 29. Examine the Content
  30. 30. Examine the Content http://www.martinlutherking.org/ ● Is the information helpful? ● Is the information correct? ● Are the facts different from other sources you are familiar with?
  31. 31. Look at the Links ● Who is linked to the Web site? > Why are they linking? ● What do other sites say about the information on the site? link:websiteURL (no spaces)
  32. 32. Look at the Links ● Does the site have more resources and links? ● Do the links work? ● Do links and resources show any biases?
  33. 33. Wikipedia? ● Top 10 reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely on Wikipedia ● Wikipedia in the Classroom ● Wikipedia Discourages Academic Use of His Creation ● Wikipedia Tips for the Classroom (commonsensemedia.org) Thoughts? -- > Quiz
  34. 34. ★ Contact Me: @elizbtheastman ★ Find Me: about.me/elizbtheastman

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