How to search

I’m not sure if anyone teaches ‘searching’ these days.  It did appear with the sample teaching units many years ago and included things like “how to do advanced searches” and “the use of Boolean Operators”.  Bing and Google make all of this stuff fairly redundant of course but ‘searching’ is more important than ever.

For some ideas about how to inorporate this into ICT lessons then have a look at this book about ‘Critical Thinking’.  It’s very Microsoft focussed but the examples are great and link to some really helpful websites (most of which I’ve never seen before).  Just as a taster … here are a few:

Siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com Understand the context of a website, person or company. Like Google, Yahoo‟s Site Explorer can help you find links to a particular website. Input the URL and click „Explore URL‟ to understand how others reference the website.
Quantcast.com Understand the audience for a website by considering demographic information
TheyRule.net Find connections between companies and their leaders. Does the author of a website have unspoken connections which may lead to bias?
Muckety.com Find connections between companies and their leaders. Does the author of a website have unspoken connections which may lead to bias?
EasyWhois.com Determine who owns a domain name and find their contact information.

The lesson plans are excellent and allow room for pupils to develop a wide range of responses.

Critical Thinking eBook

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