One of the most important skills we can teach our students – and ourselves – is effective Web searching. For almost any project a Web search is an integral piece, yet how skilled are students at finding accurate and relevant information quickly? The volume of information – Web ‘hits’ – is overwhelming and most searches don’t go past the first page of results.
When we teach students to search, it takes more than a single lesson. It’s a learning process where skills are developed through trail and error and the searcher paying attention to how they approach the search. Using appropriate keywords and phrases is a skill to be developed, along with learning how to vet search results – are they accurate, authoritative, and credible, and how would you know that? It’s not always easy!
Google has a very useful web site for educators in helping student learn these skills. Their Search Education site offers you and your student many resources, such as lesson plans, short online courses, Google a Day Challenges, and recorded webinars. Using these resources to help your students learn the art of effective Web searches will help them save time and improve the quality of their research results.