Google Search Education

Google for Educators offers several free resources.  One of the links will take you to a suite of free classroom posters.  As I was recently discussing how to “narrow down a search” with my gifted students, I found the “Google Search Tips for Kids” poster to be exceptionally helpful.  If you are looking for other Google resources regarding searching, there is also a “Search Education” site by Google that offers lesson plans on how to “effectively use web search.”  Here is a link to some slides that display “Google a Day” challenges for practicing search skills or you can visit the live “Google a Day” challenge on the web.

3-12, Critical Thinking, Education, Independent Study, Research, Teaching Tools, Websites

A Google A Day

For a great internet research challenge, try “A Google A Day”.  At the bottom of the search page, there is a question for that day.  You are timed on how long it takes you to submit a correct answer.  You can get hints as well as tips for how to search for the solution.  If you are looking for a particular date, you can change the date in the URL in the address bar.  This would be a fun quick challenge for kids in a 1:1 classroom.  You could also do it at a station, and have students record how long it took them.  For further differentiation, assign students to create their own challenges.