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Lesson on internet research

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by steph838, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Im looking for ideas for a non ICT lesson about how to research things on the internet. It can either be on the computers or in a 'normal' classroom. Any ideas?

  2. jpgreenwood

    jpgreenwood Occasional commenter

    Don't limit them to Google, either - there are plenty of other search engines. I generally choose Wolfram Alpha as it presents the data in a different way (as a compendium on one page with references at the bottom), and can deal with some pretty complex questions by displaying data in a meaningful way.

    Try a search for "should I eat a big mac or a whopper?" - www.wolframalpha.com
  3. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Show them the Advanced options on Google Image Search so they don't always end up copying over-pixellated thumbnail-sized images to insert in their documents - explain that size matters.

    You might want to look at the subject of 'search engine visibility', ie why certain websites make it to the top of search engine results. Is it purely down to relevance, or clever webpage design, or have they paid either Google or a web-marketing company to be there?

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