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By Tom Barrettteacher and educational technology expert

The second part of Tom Barrett’s series about free technology resources available on the web, discussing the use of internet search engines as a classroom research tool

In our classrooms today we have a generation that have only known a world with the internet. Information is only a web link away and the volume of information we can access is staggering. Being able to navigate, search and filter this information has naturally become a crucial literacy skill for young learners.

As educators we also need to competently manage what the internet has to offer and provide the best tools to our pupils to help facilitate this.

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Classroom ideas

Explore these Google tips to help keep your search results fresh and relevant:

Timeline

Google Timeline

Timeline displays results along a timeline, which is really useful when researching a historical event or comparing different time periods. For example, a search for the Caspian Tiger shows most results between 1960-1979 when the species became extinct. Timeline can be accessed from the More Search Tools link on the left of the Google search results page.

Wonder Wheel

Google Wonder Wheel

Wonder Wheel displays an interactive diagram of related search terms. This is displayed alongside a column of normal results. This is an excellent way to research a topic more widely. The search for the Caspian Tiger provides a Wonder Wheel showing other species of tiger that have become extinct and also the Quangga. Wonder Wheel can be accessed from the More Search Tools link on the left of the Google search results page.

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  1. FCJ
    on 9 October 2010

    web search

    looks very useful thank you