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Zoom In with Internet Keyword Searches

Linda Robertson
Bay District Schools

Description

Students gain an understanding of appropriate search skills for locating information while using the Internet as a reference source. Students will search for answers for content-specific questions after identifying keywords and phrases to use as they access different search engines on the Internet.

Objectives

The student uses multiple sources to locate information relevant to research questions (including electronic texts, experts, print resources).

Materials

-Internet accessible computers
-Multimedia projection device and projection screen
-Display board for list of searching techniques
-Copy of each of the student response sheet, one for each student:
[Focus on What I Need]
[Zoom in on the Answer]
[Internet Searching Tips]
[Internet Searching Checklist]
(See Attached Files)

Preparations

1. Schedule the computer lab for Day Two activity.
2. Duplicate a copy of each of the response sheets in the attached file.
3. Schedule use of multimedia projector, computer, and screen.
4. Obtain an updated list of students who don’t have an Internet parent permission form. The Library has this list.

Procedures

Day One:
1. Students describe techniques to use while searching for information on the Internet. Create this list on the board to be used at the end of the lesson.

2. Discuss how keyword and exact phrase searching on the Internet works to eliminate unrelated results.

3. Distribute the [Focus on What I Need] response sheet to each student. (See Attached Files.) As a class, answer the first three questions together, and then allow time for students to complete the remainder on their own. Discuss each question giving the correct keywords or keyword phrases so that students can correct their work.

4. Distribute the [Zoom in on the Answer] response sheet to each student. (See Attached Files.) As a class, underline the keywords or keyword phrases in questions one through four. Allow time for students to continue selecting the keywords or keyword phrases in the remainder of the questions. Discuss each question giving the correct response so that students can correct their work.

5. Distribute the [Internet Searching Tips] sheet to each student. (See Attached Files.) Discuss and demonstrate how keyword and keyword phrase searches work.

6. Collect both response sheets to use during the second day of this lesson.

7. Discuss the Internet Parent Permission forms that are required for searching on the Internet.

Day Two:
1. Distribute each student's [Zoom in on the Answer] and [Focus on What I Need].

2. Use a computer display device to project the school web site screen. Select the Media Center page and click on Search Engines.

3. Direct students to select the Media Center page and click on Search Engines.

4. Select any of the listed search engines.

5. Review keyword and phrase searching tips by demonstrating another search.

6. Have students select the same search engine. Type in the identified keywords from the first question on the[Zoom in on the Answer].

7. Demonstrate how to scroll through the results and how to select the most relevant site to locate information to answer the assigned question.

8. Give each student a number from one to four and instruct them to use their [Zoom in on the Answer] sheet to answer the questions in the corresponding section. (This results in neighbors having different research questions.)

9. Direct students to look for the answers for all the questions in their assigned section on the sheet. Printing is not required, as the answers should be written directly on the student’s sheet. If some students finish earlier than others, have them look up the answers to the questions listed on the sheet, [Focus on What I Need].

10. As students are locating information, monitor their attempts and provide assistance as they work through the assignment.

11. Direct students to look at the list of searching techniques that was created in the first session. Discuss the list to see if any changes should be made as a result of the recent Internet activity.

12. As a self-assessment and wrap-up, distribute the [Internet Searching Checklist] to each student with instructions to select the response that best describes their abilities. (See Attached Files.)

Assessments

Assessment:
Evaluate the [Focus on What I Need] student response sheet. See attached files using the following criteria:
1. Success in identifying the appropriate keywords in each research question.
2. Completion of the keyword identification in all ten questions.

Evaluate the [Zoom in on the Answer] student response sheet. (See attached files using the following criteria:
1. Completion of all sections of the assigned research questions.
2. Success in identifying the appropriate keywords in each research question.
3. Accuracy of the responses to the assigned research questions.

Evaluate the [Internet Searching Checklist] student response sheet. (See attached files by noting the completion of all seven questions on the checklist.
Monitor students as they complete the assignment by formatively assessing their progress. Provide assistance to those experiencing difficulty.

Attached Files

Student Response Sheets.     File Extension:  pdf
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