(Excerpt from a hybrid training titled "The Beginning.")
Effectively searching for and determining the validity and accuracy of information is a 21st century literacy skill that we need to be teaching our students. But, that’s a training for another day! :)
For Part 2 of this course, we will be investigating ways to effectively search for resources to help us integrate technology in our classrooms. We will learn more about search engines, basic and advanced search strategies, and I’ll share lots of online resource banks filled with lessons, ideas, and strategies so that you can use technology as a tool with your students!
To begin, let’s explore the design and function of a search engine. The first video we’ll view is specific to Google’s search engine, but it is a good overview of the basics of how any search engine works.
How search works
Common Craft is a company that creates short video explanations of various topics. Their “Web Search Strategies” video is a simple explanation of how to search the web via a search engine.
Web Search Strategies in Plain English
There are many search engines out there, and they offer a variety of options for searching and receiving results. We will be looking at search strategies for the most popular search engine, Google. Explore the resources below to learn basic (and some advanced) features and functionality of a Google search.
Basic search help
More search help
Search results options
Google for Educators – Search basics
Google Search Tips
Google Web Search – Classroom Lessons and Resources
Google’s 15 Second Search Tips
Updates to Google Search
Google for Educators: Classroom Posters
Interactive tool to practice using Boolean logic in a search:
Social bookmarking is an online tool that allows you to save your favorite links and share them with others. If you are unfamiliar with social bookmarking, view the Common Craft video explanation:
Social Bookmarking in Plain English
Two very popular social bookmarking sites are Diigo and Delicious. You may want to consider using these sites as search engines to find educational and edtech resources. If you create a free account on one of these sites, you can add other users to your network. Then you can even search the links saved by those in your network. You can save searching time by letting your network look for great resources!
Other related resources
Interactive Research Information Online Tutorial: Rutger’s Riot
Evaluating the Quality of Sources Lesson Plan
Once you are familiar with some search strategies, try looking for some educational and instructional technology resources.
Below are some sites that contain lots of resources. Spend some time exploring these (or explore sites from your own searches). Just as I mentioned in Part 1, this list is not all-inclusive. It is just a sampling of online resources!
There is an abundance of educational blogs on the web! Some teachers create blogs to use as their communication tool between the classroom and home. Others create a blog to share resources with other educators. And, of course, there are lots of blogs that cover topics of educational philosophy, research, and reform.
I follow over 500 blogs in my Google Reader account, and while they all are not specific to education, there are some fantastic educational blogs that I check often for updates because they are filled with lots of great resources.
Here are some links to various educational blogs, including some blogs that I follow. While you are exploring these resources, you may want to look at the sidebar(s) on the blog. Blog authors often keep a “blogroll” of blogs they follow. Some of the best resource blogs I’ve found have been from these blogrolls! (There are also some blog links I highlighted in Part 1 that you may want to explore as well.)
Larry Ferlazzo’s – “best of” website lists
Speed of Creativity – Education blogs
Jane’s Pick of the Day
Cool Cat Teacher Blog
Learning is Messy
Moving at the Speed of Creativity
There are lots of resources online that provide great lesson plans. (Some of the links below are not specifically for technology-integrated lessons.)
My lesson links
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Read Write Think Lesson Plans
Internet 4 Classrooms
There are so many FREE educational streaming video libraries online!
My video links
Free online video resources
Using an interactive website with students (independently, small/large group or whole class) can provide an engaging environment for learning. Often, interactive sites can provide student choice and immediate feedback.
My interactive links (narrow your search by clicking keyword(s) from the right-hand sidebar)
Read Write Think Student Interactives
Internet 4 Classrooms – Grade level links
eNLVM – Interactive Online Math Lessons
These links have multiple resources (i.e. lessons, interactives, videos).
BBC Schools – Teachers site
Free Educational Resources
SMART Board Links
The National Science Digital Library
Library of Congress Classroom Materials
Smithsonian Education – Resource Library
Media Awareness Network
Donna’s Presentations and Related Links
Software and Tutorials
Learn it in 5
Educause – 7 Things You Should Know