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August 30, 2016

Tech Tuesday: Be a Better Google Searcher

Written by Deborah B. Ford

Digtial toolboxHow do we revitalize research in a world that thinks everything can just be Googled?

The truth is that much information CAN be Googled. How good they are at Googling is another question. Our job then is to teach them how to use digital resources efficiently, effectively, and ethically. So just how do we do that?

One easy way is  to use Google’s resources. Go to Search Education- Google and you’ll find a plethora of strategies that will help your students be critical thinkers and independent learners. Teachers and librarians can download lessons plans for beginner, intermediate and advanced learners. You can teach the process of research using the tool with which they are most familiar.

Kids can improve their search strategies with Power Searching Lessons. Make it fun by promoting Google A Day Challenges. These trivia questions will allow them to utilize their skills which researching at the same time. Live Trainings on video will train the trainer. You don’t have to go to Google school to get the scoop.

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Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford

Deborah B. Ford, JLG’s Director of Library Outreach, is an award-winning library media specialist and international speaker with almost thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher and librarian in K–12 schools. Traveling across North America, she does workshops, library coaching, and professional development for school and public libraries. Deborah is the author of JLG's Booktalks to Go @ SLJ. She also maintains an award-winning coordinating online resource at LiveBinders.com. Contact her at dford@juniorlibraryguild.com. Follow her on Twitter @jlgdeborahford.

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