Beyond Search at #METC13


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Beyond Search at #METC13

  1. 1. Beyond Search Lucy Gray • METC 2013 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 11
  9. 9. Tips & Tricks 12
  10. 10. Features: Search App 13
  11. 11. Features: Handwrite 14
  12. 12. Features: Knowledge Graph 15
  13. 13. Search Stories 16
  14. 14. Playground 17
  15. 15. Playground: A Google A Day 18
  16. 16. Blog 19
  17. 17. Help 20
  18. 18. Search Education Hub 21
  19. 19. Lesson Plans & Activities 22
  20. 20. Lesson Plans & Activities 23
  21. 21. Lesson Plans & Activities 24
  22. 22. Power Searching Classes 25
  23. 23. Dan Russell
  24. 24. Control + F
  25. 25. 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 … ?) 28
  26. 26. Keyword Choice Think about what you are trying to find Choose words that you think will appear on the page Put yourself in the mindset of the author of those words Use synonyms Start broad and use just a few words, then go deep Use contextual terms 29
  27. 27. Other Search Tips Use specifiers Example: [Missouri population wikipedia] Try an image search when normal means fail, you might find something that will be useful or spark your interest in a different way. Word order matters—when it’s not working one way, try another. When searching for common phrases, don’t leave out the “stop words.” (e.g., [ Little House on the Prairie] ) Use double quotes to find a particular sequence of words Example: “Daniel M Russell” or “Harry S Truman” 30
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  29. 29. Search Tools 32 Search Options News Scholar Books
  30. 30. Keep in Mind Everything is searchable. Control + F is incredibly useful. Nothing stays constant on the web. Advanced Search and Preferences are available with each product. RSS feeds are usually also available. Just about every product has a team blog. 33
  31. 31. Search Options and Search Tools
  32. 32. Web
  33. 33. Search Tools
  34. 34. Images
  35. 35. Maps
  36. 36. Shopping
  37. 37. Video
  38. 38. News
  39. 39. Places
  40. 40. Blogs
  41. 41. Flights
  42. 42. Discussions
  43. 43. Recipes
  44. 44. Applications
  45. 45. Patents
  46. 46. Try Search Features education resources k12 science fair volcanoes Garageband tutorials weather St. Louis MO St. Louis Blues DIS, KO or PEP earthquake sunrise St. Louis MO Samuel Clemens was born in * 2000 dollars in pesos St. Louis MO 57
  47. 47. News
  48. 48. Try Google News Go to Type in a search term. Click on Advanced Search. Restrict your search to a particular news source. Set up a Google News alert for your school. Do a search for your school’s name and look for the Google Alert link at the bottom of the page. 66
  49. 49. Scholar
  50. 50. Try Google Scholar Go to Enter a search term such as John Dewey, Brown vs. Board of Education, or NASA and see what you can find. Customize your results. For instance, see if you can select Missouri courts and search for using a term of your choice. Do another search using the keyword mobile. Click on Advanced Scholar Search. Narrow your results by entering “Learning and Leading with Technology” in the publication field. 83
  51. 51. Book Search
  52. 52. Try Google Book Search Do a search for the following authors, pick a title, and click on About This Book: Harry S. Truman T. S. Eliot Langston Hughes Patricia McKissack Maya Angelou Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Make sure you are logged into your Google account and search for your favorite books. Create shelves and add books to your shelves. You can link to your My Library to share your collections with others. 96
  53. 53. Help & Resources • Google Inside Search • Google Search Basics • Google Guide Quick Reference • Google in Education Diigo Group
  54. 54. 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.