Best of the web: Search engines
8 October 2010Add to My Folder
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.
Explore these Google tips to help keep your search results fresh and relevant:
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 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.