But looking to the future, this pales in comparison to the importance of teaching computational thinking. But computational thinking is going to be needed everywhere.
Google Of course Google will be a go-to source both for doing searches and for finding related lessons. Google has lessons on selecting search terms, narrowing searches, and evaluating sources.
Options range from beginning to advanced, so you can tailor the lesson to students from elementary school on up. For some brainy fun, try the Google A Day Challenge, which poses difficult questions that students might be able to answer with their new searching expertise.
Credibility Do you have a complicated relationship with Wikipedia? While the site is packed with interesting information, students tend to use it as a one-stop shop for research.
The Internet is overflowing with all sorts of biases, and students must learn to sort fact from fiction. Teaching Channel Here, you will find a short video of a lesson on assessing websites.
The Teaching Channel also has lesson ideas for teaching online research and fair use.
Read Write Think This is an in-depth lesson plan for teaching students to evaluate web sites. Students will learn to consider the author, audience, and purpose of a website and to ponder the role of advertising.
There are links to lesson plans and articles on the importance of digital literacy. Along with these sites, remind students that many newspaper websites have searchable archives.
Kentucky Virtual Library This portal guides children from kindergarten through high school on how to select keywords, take notes, and more.
It also allows children to search kid-friendly databases, such as Grolier Online, so that they find information that is right for their reading level and age.
Google Books Students can search millions of books for information, and they will find previews of pages or even an entire book. Some students might use this to avoid a trip to the library. But with some helpful teacherly guidance, this could be a stepping stone that gets kids into the library to dig deeper.
This is best for high school students who already have some research experience. Send them here when they need authoritative information to support their views. Plagiarism Explaining plagiarism with books is clear-cut. The Internet can be trickier to work with.
Sometimes no author is named, and much of the information is provided for free, so students might not see any harm as passing the work off as their own.Fantastic post Stephen.
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