As educators struggle with how to teach students to conduct proper online research, Google’s Search Education is a free resource that offers lesson plans and activities designed to teach digital literacy. To help students develop their online-research skills, the resource offers free instructor-led courses on top searching techniques, “A Google A Day” challenges and live training.
There’s been ample discussion in K–12 classrooms recently about the quality, or lack thereof, of students’ online research skills.
Such concerns came to a head late last year when a national survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project indicated that 60 percent of teachers believe digital technologies make it hard for students to distinguish between credible and noncredible sources online.
But here’s something you probably didn’t know: One of the best and most robust resources for teaching digital literacy can be found on one of the Web’s most persistent trouble spots: Google.
That’s right. The same search engine that educators say is often guilty of providing students with access to too much unfiltered information is also home to some of the best resources for teaching young researchers about the uses—and potential perils—of the Internet.
Google’s Search Education feature gives educators free access to lesson plans and classroom activities intended to help students cultivate better online search skills.