I thought this was great for parents and teachers. Google has teaching videos on how to use Google for search:
Web search can be a remarkable tool for students, and a bit of instruction in how to search for academic sources will help your students become critical thinkers and independent learners.
With the materials on this site, you can help your students become skilled searchers- whether they’re just starting out with search, or ready for more advanced training.
The idea here is that kids need to be visually literate, digital search literate and literate with search in print. It is becoming the new digital divide: those that can search online. It’s not just about screen time, but about critical thinking skills and being an independent learner.
Is this true in real life for my kids? I have two kids that are motivated to learn online. PickyKidPix has taught herself to do intricate braids by following, obsessively, Cute Hair Styles. She’s watched hundreds of them. I can recognize the vloggers voice now … from a different room even! And it works.
My son has been teaching himself the finer points of Minecraft watching videos. The videos have prepared him well for his week of Minecraft camp, I’m told!
Anyone can become a “Power Searcher” including kids. Many of Google’s webinars are self-paced.
Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills
Online research skills including critical thinking are more important than ever and feels a lot of SEO (Search Engine Optimization)! Teaching students to be savvy online researchers starts with knowing how to use key words. Other tips include:
- Sites and search engines written specifically for children.
- Finding the right search engine or database.
- Predict the results they expect to see.
- Skim search results for words that pop up, especially unfamiliar word.
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