the use of search engines, how they work, how we can make better use of
them ourselves and why we must teach our pupils to think critically about
the information they find on the Internet.
often we are using the Internet as a tool for teaching. There are many
effective uses but surely the biggest advantage is the access it gives
our pupils to information. The ability to evaluate the content they find
and critically assess its relevance are skills that will become vital
to our pupils as the use of this medium increases.
This links in this section look at ways in which we can understand
more about the information we find on the Internet and illustrate some
of the pitfalls we need to help our pupils avoid.
is a search engine and how does it work?
is a great resource from classzone.com covering all the relevant issues
concerning search engines.
of us have asked our pupils to use Google to search for information but
how many of us know how Google works? Find out and become a power user
of Google thanks to this guide from Alan November.
It must be true I read it on the net!
following examples, of possible pitfalls our pupils may face, are three
reasons that justify a need for an understanding of Information Literacy.
many years web designers have tried to get their sites to the top
of search engine lists. The same techniques these designers used for
this can also be used to push political propaganda.
to Google and type in the keywords
here for an explanation as to how this search leads to the White
House web site.
link tells the
story of Zac and how he was misled into believing that the holocaust
to Google and put in a search
for Martin Luther King. Study the first page of links that are produced.
By looking at the URL’s choose which site(s) you feel would be suitable
for your pupils to use.
you have done this click here
great link that helps to make sense of URL’s (web page addresses)
of the internet Information Literacy
useful links to resources and issues concerned with evaluating information
and web sites
for evaluating web sites. Including a printable
pdf sheet that you could give to pupils.
a go at this search quiz using search engines of
using the tips from “how
Google works” with the advanced search facility!