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I developed this PowerPoint to try and help my students improve their searching skills. The hamburger analogy was identified by a member of the OZ-TL network. I made up the acronym PACT to enable students to have an easy way to remember what to check when searching.

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Smart Searching

  1. 1. S mart S earching Year 6 Glenys Lowden
  2. 2. Treasure Hunt
  3. 3. What to do! <ul><li>Find out your team </li></ul><ul><li>Collect your worksheet which has the questions to answer on an explorer </li></ul><ul><li>Go to </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the questions in your group and fill out your responses </li></ul>
  4. 4. So what did we learn? What should we check? <ul><li>P urpose </li></ul><ul><li>A uthority </li></ul><ul><li>C urrency </li></ul><ul><li>T rust </li></ul><ul><li>(Glenys Lowden) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Purpose <ul><li>What is the purpose of the site? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it designed to give information or is it trying to sell you something? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Accuracy <ul><li>How good is the information? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you checked the information against another site? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Currency <ul><li>When was the site last updated? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Trust <ul><li>Who made the site? You should be able to contact the people who made the site either through the ‘about us’ section or ‘contact us’ section </li></ul><ul><li>Does the domain name— or help to know who made the site? </li></ul>
  9. 9. So what about these sites? Use the PACT! <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 10. Good Googling!! <ul><li>How do you narrow down the searching process? </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine a hamburger with the lot………………….. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Hamburger with the lot! <ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>But you don’t like lettuce—narrows it down </li></ul><ul><li>But you don’t like tomato—narrows it down </li></ul><ul><li>But you don’t like beetroot—narrows it down even further to ……………. </li></ul>
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  14. 14. How can we do this in google? <ul><li>“ “ Searches the exact phrase </li></ul><ul><li>What it does : searches for an exact phrase </li></ul><ul><li>What to type : “one small step for man” </li></ul><ul><li>What you’ll get : results that include the exact phrase “one small step for man” </li></ul>
  15. 15. Site Specific <ul><li>What it does : searches only specific websites </li></ul><ul><li>What to type : global warming site:edu </li></ul><ul><li>What you’ll get : references to global warming found on .edu websites </li></ul>
  16. 16. Define : find meanings <ul><li>What it does : defines a word or phrase </li></ul><ul><li>What to type : define:global warming </li></ul><ul><li>What you’ll get : links to definitions of the term ‘global warming’ </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Glenys Lowden (2009) </li></ul>