Teaching students how to effectively use search engines such as Google to search for content is a valuable skill. This is something I’ve even started introducing to my Grade Two students. Many people don’t realise there are many tricks to performing the most effective Google search. I also like to have discussions with my students about whether content looks reliable and relevant to your enquiry. It is important that from a young age that students realise that you can believe everything you read online!
The Google for Educators site has a page with posters for teachers. These printable PDF posters demonstrate useful search techniques as well as information about Google Earth, Google Book Search, Google Scholar etc.
I’m planning on printing off the poster below and introducing my students to some of the search functions listed. Click here for the PDF: Google Tips and Tricks
If you or your students are more into watching how it is done, rather than reading a list of tips, the eHow website has a series of 19 videos explaining how to use the Google search engine. Click here to check out the videos.
Teaching researching skills doesn’t have to be a planned or laborious task, it can be something you can teach and discuss as it comes up. For example when a student has a question, look it up on the IWB as a class and discuss how to use Google effectively. Spontaneous teaching moments can often be the most authentic and valuable.