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Web searching: Your kids are doing it wrong

No offense but your kids are doing it wrong. I’m just saying.

I’ve spent the last few months in a lot of social studies classrooms and I keep seeing the same thing. Kids who are wasting a lot of time searching for stuff. They can’t search effectively, ending up with results that aren’t useful.

Part of the problem is that we assume they know what they’re doing. The other part of the problem is that we hope they know what they’re doing cause we don’t have a clue. So teachers and students are banging around on the interwebs, grateful for whatever Google spits out.

And, yes, I know some teachers and kids who are search studs. But most struggle. We can do better. Start here – a quick article I put together for the TeachingHistory folks that outlines a few very simple things that can have a huge impact on your search results.

Then take yourself and your kids over to the very new, very cool, very useful Google Search Education site and get ready to learn some new skills.

Web search can be a remarkable tool for students, and a bit of instruction in how to search for academic sources will help your students become critical thinkers and independent learners.

With the materials on this site, you can help your students become skilled searchers – whether they’re just starting out with search, or ready for more advanced training.

You’ll find handy lesson plans, videos, and fun search challenges.

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