Validating websites student lessons

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Web search can be a remarkable research tool for students - and we've heard from educators that they could use some help to teach better search skills in their classroom.

The following Search Education lessons were developed by Google Certified Teachers and the Search Education team to help you do just that.

Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (e.g., My favorite book is...).

Explore the site and establish what a "tree octopus" is.

First, talk with students about the multiple dimensions of critical evaluation.

Students learning to make reasoned judgments about the overall quality of information on a website benefit from clear definitions and discussion of these dimensions: After defining and discussing these dimensions, encourage students to compare these terms.

Unfortunately, over 70 percent of the students’ responses suggested that: Other studies highlight similar shortcomings of high school and college students in these areas (see, for example, a 2016 study from Stanford).Understanding these differences provides a concrete way to remember that any judgment should be informed by a critical examination of both relevant claims and an author’s level of expertise to make those claims.Next, make time to explicitly model how to evaluate each dimension and provide repeated opportunities for students to practice and apply these strategies to information they encounter during the research process.They should notice that evaluating relevance and accuracy involves considering the quality of the content itself in relation to what’s important to their purpose and whether the author’s claims are supported with evidence-based factual reasoning.Judgments about perspective and reliability require an examination of details about the author (from multiple people’s viewpoints) and his or her agenda in relation to a specific affiliation.

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