Just because we think our students are tech savvy, does not mean they are proficient when it comes to productive web searching.
Students might come to us with tech skills, but those skills might be gaming skills, iTunes skills, singing cat on YouTube searching skills or App Store purchasing skills. Our students are not necessarily coming to school with quality web searching skills. Google offers Lesson Plans for teaching Google Search. These lessons are separated into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced and are on topics like “Picking the right search terms,” “Understanding search results” and “Evaluating credibility of sources” and more. In the Lesson Plan tab, you will find Standards mapping (CC, AASL & ISTE NETS-S.)
There are also YouTube videos we can show that gives students a better idea of how Google Search works:
It is not difficult to teach some basic search practices, and even work in some Google Search Lessons into you activities. This will make for more productive, robust and well-rounded searching results in the future.