Unit 2.5 - Effective Searching
Skillful searches are essential for 21st -century learning and information literacy. With abundant information at our fingertips, it is important to teach and reinforce good searching. In Lesson 1, the pupils will look at the Internet, the web, browsers and search engines. After becoming acquainted with the basics of the Internet and how it works, students will be ready to dive into searching with Google. In Lesson 2, you will teach the pupils the basics of search: where to type in their query and how to understand the pages of results. The pupils will look at the main pages and buttons they will encounter while using search engines. These lessons allow the children to develop an understanding of what the Internet is. It will also give them the basic tools to help them search for information more effectively.
WALT: gain a better understanding of searching the internet.
Although school access is likely to be filtered, it is advisable to make sure that the Google Safe Search filters are turned on before the lesson. To do this:
1. Click on Settings at the bottom right of the Google home page and then click Search Settings.
2. Turn on SafeSearch by clicking in the box. This can help you block inappropriate or explicit images from your Google Search results. The SafeSearch filter isn’t 100% accurate, but it helps you avoid most violent and adult content.
3. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click Save.
Show the children Slide 2 of the lesson presentation found here @ https://www.purplemash.com/app/pup/Effective_Internet_searching
Have you seen this screen before? What does it do? Explain that this screen is called a search engine. Do you know of any other search engines? Ask the children how they use the search engine on Slide 2. Note we are using www.google.co.uk rather than www.google.com. This means the answers from UK sites will be given preference.
Show your child Slide 3. Show them where to enter their search terms into Google's search bar. Demonstrate that they can click the Google Search button or just hit Enter. Run a quick search for ‘Dinosaurs’ and ask your child to observe what happens.
Show the I'm Feeling Lucky button and ask students what they think that button does. Explain the button takes me directly to the page Google would suggest as the top link in my search results.
Slide 4. Look at the results after you search. What kind of results have appeared on the screen? (Your results may appear slightly differently.)
Show Slide 5. Look at the list of different search tools in the upper left corner of the Google homepage. Ask your child if they have used any of these. Click on them to show the different kinds of results they produce.
Explain that as well as searching for words we can also ask the search engine a question. For example, if we want to find out how tall a Tyrannosaurus Rex was, we can type the question into the search engine. Show your child the answers. Why is asking questions a more effective way to search than just putting in a word?
Do you have any ideas how search engines like Google give the results that people want? – Google uses very complex computer algorithms to record the search that the millions of users do and what they then select from the results. This means that Google presents the likely things that you want first based upon what other people choose.
WALT: understand the terminology associated with searching.
Follow this link and go through the 'Introduction to the Internet' presentation. https://www.purplemash.com/app/pup/Intro_Internet_slideshow
Afterwards, have a go at answering these questions about the internet.
1. Fill in the missing words to help describe what the Internet is.
The I _ _ _ _ _ _ _ is a n _ _ _ _ _ _ of computers that are c _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ together.
2. What is the difference between the World Wide Web and the Internet?
3. What is the tool that we use to access the Internet called?
4. Put a line under the right answer.
www.2simple.com is a website/web page
www.2simple.com/contact is a website/web page
5. Complete these sentences:
A web address is ...
A search engine is ...