The word order of a search matters in today’s connected world, so 21st Century learners — of all ages — should understand how search results change when a user rearranges the words. A short video on word order, uploaded by Google’s Search Anthropologist Daniel Russell – check out his Search-Research blog – teaches this lesson effectively.
Use this less-than-two-minute video, recently featured in a blog post at Free Technology for Teachers, as a quick and succinct teaching tool with students, parents, and other educators.
Just about any time of the school year students seek good quality information to use with assignments and projects. Unfortunately, most kids head right to a computer or portable device and fire up Google, despite that teachers and librarians devote substantial classroom time and energy introducing students to curated online research resources.
To help children use higher quality information sources, we adults need to learn a bit more about online databases and share that information. At home, as often as possible, we should reinforce school lessons or create our own, reminding our children that while results from Google provide a vast number of links, many are of questionable quality and others are irrelevant. Although making judgements and decisions about the links that appear in the typical Google search are useful skills to develop, the time to fine tune these abilities is not when a child is working on an important report or project.