We need to begin by helping students to understand the endings of each website which could be any of the following:
- .com (commercial site)
- .edu (educational site)
- .org (an organization site - typically a non-profit)
- .gov (government website)
- .net (network and computer topics)
If students have a topic they are interested in or need to research on "dogs". If they just type "dogs" they will get a ton of sites on images, Wikipedia, and other various commercial sites. There are times when a basic search is perfectly fine, however, there are also times when students need more detailed information and searching in google can become frustrating. If you type in "dogs -com" it will get rid of all .com websites. If a student is looking specifically for educational sites or government sites, then they would type in: dogs site:edu or dogs site:gov. Just these simple techniques for searching can help our students understand how to find valid information and stay away from "bad neighborhoods".
Here are the tips in bullet forms and can be changed to whatever you need specifically:
- -com (gets rid of .com sites)
- site:edu (only brings up educational sites)
- Clicking on the left hand side of google can bring up discussion boards, maps, recent timeline of information and much more.
Teaching our students how to search is key in giving them 21st Century Skills for the future