Explicit Instruction: Internet Search
Use It In Your Learning Environment
Instructors can host internet workshops where students can practice effective internet searching skills by locating specific pieces of information before evaluating these sources. They can use more play-based activities such as webquests or more directly useful exercises such as integrating search skills as a part of a real-world project to teach these skills. Techniques such as modeling the generation of keywords through think-alouds, using graphic organizers to organize and brainstorm keywords, and even using the thesaurus to find alternate keywords can be useful ways to scaffold the search process while also fostering other academic skills and building stamina for the process.
Products can help students explore the features of search engines by letting them experiment with different search strings before figuring out which works best for their goals. Additionally, providing screencast tutorials may help students search the internet more effectively.