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Direct Instruction: Internet Search


Teaching students how to effectively search the internet is critical for helping them learn how to find accurate and relevant information and aids in developing information literacy. Students need to learn to draw upon their Background Knowledge to frame a good research question, generate associated Vocabulary, and create a search string that can provide relevant information. This task can be heavy on students' Working Memory, so explicit teaching of search skills such as utilizing quotation marks, asterisks, and connecting words can help alleviate that load.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this teacher and researcher highlights different ways to target search results. Using search operators like "" or "-fruit" to hone in on desired results, students can more easily surface the information they need from relevant sources.

  • Teachers can host internet workshops where students can practice effective internet searching skills by locating specific pieces of information before evaluating these sources. Teacher-supported webquests can help students focus on more advanced strategies, like using "and," "or," and "not," to combine keywords to further narrow searches.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • 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.
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