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Research tips

  1. 1. Encouraging Students to be better Researchers<br />Is there life after Google?<br />http://childrenasresearchers.wikispaces.com/<br />
  2. 2. Mapped<br />Identified<br />Demonstrated<br />Drawn<br />Mindmapped<br />Photographed<br />Labelled<br />Collected<br />Analysed<br />Modelled<br />Interviewed<br />Made<br />Mimed<br />Surveyed<br />Sorted<br />Described<br />Videoed<br />Created<br />Listed<br />Questioned<br />Graphed<br />Gathered<br />Stated<br />Explained<br />Discussed<br />Brainstormed<br />Written<br />Matched<br />Timelined<br />Classified<br />
  3. 3. In schools now<br />
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  5. 5. Stage One <br />Go to the computer and find some information about the ‘Kiwi’<br />
  6. 6. 20 million hits later…<br />
  7. 7. “Go onto Google and find <br />out some information about the kiwi.<br />Write 5 facts!”<br />
  8. 8. Still 20 million hits… no facts at the end of the lab session!<br />But somebodyfound a website with lots of cool games<br />http://www.sandiegozoo.org/kids/games/index.html<br />
  9. 9. “Go onto Google and find <br />out some information about Kiwis inNew Zealand<br />Write 5 facts!”<br />
  10. 10. 5 million hits!<br />
  11. 11. Stage 4<br />
  12. 12. http://www.chemistry.co.nz/kiwibird.htm<br />
  13. 13. The technology behind Google’s great results<br />http://www.google.com/technology/pigeonrank.html<br />
  14. 14. Keywords<br />keyword also key word ( ) n. A word that serves as a key to a code or cipher. A significant or descriptive word. (www.answers.com )<br />Is a word that is associated with a site or contents of a site. Keywords are used to categorize and search for specific web sites. (http://www.mantis.biz/glossary/#k )<br />What are keywords?<br />
  15. 15. Keywords<br />The more keywords you have (most of the time) the less the ‘hits’ <br />Try these examples and record the number of hits<br />Kiwi<br />Kiwi New Zealand<br />Kiwi brown spotted New Zealand<br />Hits<br />17,400,000<br />Click on pages from New Zealand<br />3,150,000<br />7,120<br />
  16. 16. Keywords<br />Dinosaur<br />Dinosaur carnivore<br />Dinosaur carnivore Triassic<br />Tyrannosaurus <br />Tyrannosaurus prey<br />Hits<br />17,600,000<br />142,000<br />9,970<br />1,590,000<br />1,640,000<br />Do a search on a topic you are doing at the moment with one keyword, record the hits, now try it with another keyword, recordand then one more time. Look at the quality of the hits<br />
  17. 17. Searching Google<br />Images<br />Videos<br />New<br />Zealand<br />
  18. 18. Google Wonder Wheel<br />
  19. 19. Timeline<br />Click on a date in the <br />Timeline to be directed<br />to the Google hitsof that time <br />
  20. 20. “Go onto Google, type in your keywords and find out some information about brown spotted Kiwis inNew Zealand”<br />
  21. 21. Google Advanced search<br />
  22. 22. Hits <br />
  23. 23. But where do the Keywords come from?<br />Knowledge<br />Question<br />Keywords <br />
  24. 24. Developing questions & keywords for research<br />Writing the Question<br />What do we know about?<br />See Example<br />
  25. 25.
  26. 26. Internet Explorer 8<br />Sifting<br />Use Ctrl – F <br />(- F for Mac)<br />Type in one of the keywords, press Enter on Keyboard<br />First instance of the word will be highlighted<br />Firefox 3<br />Explorer 7<br />
  27. 27. Skimming & Scanning through the information<br />Tsunamis are unlike wind-generated waves, which many of us may have observed on a local lake or at a coastal beach, in that they are characterized as shallow-water waves, with long periods and wave lengths.<br />If yes, then copyand paste that sentence only intoyour notes page<br />

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