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Type:Lesson

Estimated Time:15 minutes

Grades:6-8

Score Type:Automatically Graded

Work completed by a student will be automatically graded and the grade will be sent to the Learning Management System (LMS) gradebook

Available Languages: English, Spanish


Vocabulary: World Wide Web, category search, keyword, keyword search, online privacy, online safety, search engine, web page, website


Primary Objectives:

  • Student learns how search engines work to gather and display information.
  • Student learns to use keywords, phrases, and other advanced search techniques including shortcuts and punctuation.
  • Student navigates and accesses search results to find specific information.
  • Student learns ways to validate information obtained through web searches.
  • Student understands fair-use and copyright laws.
  • Student learns how to properly cite web-based content.
  • Student learns how to use and explore alternative search tools included in search engines.

Secondary Objectives:

  • Student follows best practices for finding relevant information using a search engine.

Subjects:

Accuracy of Information 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Technology and Society > Accuracy of Information 

Addressing Systems / IP Protocol 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Addressing Systems / IP Protocol 

Addressing Systems 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Networking > Addressing Systems 

Appropriate Use of Information 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Appropriate Use of Information 

Bibliography

Language Arts > Research > Citing Sources > Bibliography

Copyright

Technology Education > Digital Literacy > Reference and Research > Intellectual Property > Copyright

Copyright

Library Media > Information Literacy > Reference and Research > Intellectual Property > Copyright

Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism (Technology Specific)

Library Media > Information Technology > Technology and Society > Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism (Technology Specific)

Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism (Technology Specific) 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Technology and Society > Copyright Infringement and Plagiarism (Technology Specific) 

Creative Commons

Library Media > Information Literacy > Reference and Research > Intellectual Property > Creative Commons

Creative Commons

Technology Education > Digital Literacy > Reference and Research > Intellectual Property > Creative Commons

Draw Conclusions

Language Arts > Communication > Listening Strategies / Context > Interpret / Infer > Draw Conclusions

Fair Use Guidelines for Multimedia and Digital Content

Library Media > Media Literacy > Fair Use Guidelines for Multimedia and Digital Content

Fair Use Guidelines for Multimedia and Digital Content 

Technology Education > Media Literacy > Fair Use Guidelines for Multimedia and Digital Content 

From Nonfiction Material

Language Arts > Research > Collect Data / Note Taking > Gather Facts Information Highlighting > From Nonfiction Material

General (includes making a bibliography)

Library Media > Information Literacy > Reference and Research > Source Citations > General (includes making a bibliography)

General (includes making a bibliography)

Technology Education > Digital Literacy > Reference and Research > Source Citations > General (includes making a bibliography)

General Skills

Library Media > Information Literacy > Reference and Research > Search Strategies > General Skills

How Where to Locate Information

Language Arts > Research > Search Strategies > How Where to Locate Information

Hyperlinks 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Hyperlinks 

Identify Message

Language Arts > Communication > Media Literacy / Viewing > Main Idea > Identify Message

Information Accuracy

Library Media > Information Literacy > ALA Information Literacy > Information Accuracy

Information Accuracy 

Technology Education > Digital Literacy > Student Use > Information Accuracy 

Intellectual Property

Technology Education > Digital Literacy > Student Use > Digital Citizenship > Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property Rights (specific to technology) 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Technology and Society > Intellectual Property Rights (specific to technology) 

Internet

Library Media > Information Literacy > Reference and Research > Reference Tools > Internet

Internet Search Engines

Language Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Research > Internet Search Engines

Keyword

Technology Education > Digital Literacy > Reference and Research > Search Strategies > Keyword

Keyword

Library Media > Information Literacy > Reference and Research > Search Strategies > Keyword

MLA APA Styles

Language Arts > Research > Citing Sources > MLA APA Styles

Online Citations

Language Arts > Research > Copyright > Online Citations

Ranking of Results

Library Media > Information Literacy > Reference and Research > Search Engines > Ranking of Results

Ranking of Results

Technology Education > Digital Literacy > Reference and Research > Search Engines > Ranking of Results

Research Proper / Acceptable Use of 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Research Proper / Acceptable Use of 

Responsible Use

Library Media > Information Literacy > ALA Social Responsibility > Responsible Use

Search Engines 

Technology Education > Digital Literacy > Reference and Research > Search Engines 

Search Strategies 

Technology Education > Digital Literacy > Reference and Research > Search Strategies 

Source Evaluation

Library Media > Information Literacy > ALA Information Literacy > Source Evaluation

Source Evaluation 

Technology Education > Digital Literacy > Student Use > Source Evaluation 

Student Evaluation and Selection of Tools / Software for Task 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Student Evaluation and Selection of Tools / Software for Task 

Types of Websites 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Types of Websites 

Use Technology when Writing

Language Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Writing > Use Technology when Writing

Valid / Reliable

Science > Concepts and Processes > Research > Resources > Valid / Reliable

Web Page Navigation / Use of Browser 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Web Page Navigation / Use of Browser 

Web Searches 

Technology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Web Searches 

Web Sites

Library Media > Information Literacy > Reference and Research > Source Evaluation > Web Sites

Web Sites

Technology Education > Digital Literacy > Reference and Research > Source Evaluation > Web Sites
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  • There are new search engine techniques and shortcuts cropping up every year. You may find that you will learn as much as your students in this lesson. It may be helpful to have students work on the Extensions project and then compile those tutorials into a useable document for future classes, or you may wish to add this tutorial guide to a class blog or website.

  • Students could work in small groups to create a tutorial to teach other students (or adult users) how to use search engine shortcuts that are not discussed in this lesson. Students may need to research effective search engine shortcuts or techniques and choose one or two per group member. Each group could present their tutorial to the whole class or publish the tutorial in a way that is relevant to the student experience in your class.
S.1.c Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
S.2.c Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
S.3.a Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
S.3.b Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.
S.3.c Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
S.4.b Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
S.5.b Students collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them, and represent data in various ways to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making.
S.6.d Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
2-IC-23 Describe tradeoffs between allowing information to be public and keeping information private and secure. (P7.2)
ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
ELA-Literacy.SL.7.2 Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
ELA-Literacy.W.6.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
ELA-Literacy.W.6.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
ELA-Literacy.W.7.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
ELA-Literacy.W.7.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
ELA-Literacy.W.8.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
ELA-Literacy.W.8.7 Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.
ELA-Literacy.W.8.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.8 Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.
ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.9 Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research.