Don’t Let This Happen to You

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I see a lot in this image. . . but I mainly see garbage. When you have so much garbage around you, how can you sift through it rather that sit in it?

I see a man working(?) on the computer. It appears as though the root of his problem is the screen. How long has he been sitting there? By the looks of it, long enough to attract flies. Gross.

When you are searching for information online how do you find what you need? What search engine do you use and are you using it to it’s maximum capacity? Most people start with Google. I think that is a great place to start.

Did you know that Google also has an advanced search function? A couple of days ago I posted about filtering results by reading level. That is only the beginning.  In another window open this page: http://www.google.com/advanced_search

There are so many benefits to using this form instead. I really like the idea of being able to search within one website or domain (.gov, .edu).

Can you think of a time when this search page would have helped you find something?

Let’s think about students now.  How can this help them? I think this is a valuable tool we should teach them how to use.  I’m thinking about elementary state reports.  A student can do research within the state website. I used Michigan as an example.

Here is my search:

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Here are my results:

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