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resource Recognizing Relevant Information

Part Three in the series Five Things Today's Digital Generation Cannot Do explores the first mistake many searchers make after they click the search button: failing to recognize relevant information in what they read.

resource Finding Better Keywords while Searching

Part Four of the Five Things series examines difficulties students have recognizing relevant results and finding better keywords, both essential skills in homing in on information.

resource Apples to Apples

Dan Balzer finds a teachable moment for building word skills and how this relates to better searching.

resource Podcast with Mary McNabb

In this interview we explore the connection between reading online and comprehension.

resource Podcast with David Barr

In this interview we discuss practical ways to teach students how to find better keywords.

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Resource Kit Curriculum

resource Action Zone User's Guide to Gold Rush Games

A facilitator's guide for using Gold Rush games to help students scan more efficiently.

resource Action Zone User's Guide to Snowsport Challenges

These three interactive challenges span the search process from forming the initial query to finding better keywords in snippets.

resource Curriculum Demo: Think Aloud Search

One of the most effective ways to pick up valuable search techniques is to see them in action.

resource Help with Hypertext

Reading hypertext skillfully is compared to navigating hyperlinks.

resource Model Lesson : Canyons and Cultures

This adapted Middle School Web Quest illustrates how students may be guided to find better keywords as they search.

resource Using Snippet Sleuth

This Guide explains how to use the Snippet Sleuth tutorial games with students.

resource QuickPick: Better Keywords

A quick guide to improving keyword selection based on specificity of meaning.

resource Google Search History Tutorial

How to use Google's Search History, including creating bookmarks and searching the history.

resource Search Relevance

Ways to think about relevance while searching and what relevance means to a search engine.

resource Browser Literacy

A guide to solve common problems with Web page usability.

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Resource Kit Action Zone Games

Blue Cow Temperature Challenge

Milk from what breed of cow tends to freeze first as the temperature drops?

resource Gold Rush

Four interactive tutorial games that provide graded scanning challenges with snippets and paragraphs. Timed and untimed versions are available; reading levels grades 5 through 12.

resource Snowsport II: finding nyms in snippets

Identifying better keywords in two snippets.

resource Snowsport III: choosing nyms carefully

An advanced level game to build optimal queries based on characteristics of words (specificity, redundancy, numeracy, frequency of occurrence).

resource Soccer II: finding effective search words

Using a thesaurus or dictionary to find better search words.

resource Soccer III: finding nyms in snippets

Identifying better keywords in two snippets.

resource Soccer IV: hypernyms, synonyms and hyponyms

This game tests for understanding of word meanings in context, i.e., which words are more general or more specific.

resource Snippet Sleuth: Great Wall

This game provides practice reading snippets to find keywords that aid in Homing In.

resource Snippet Sleuth: Funny Girl

This game provides practice reading snippets to find keywords that aid in Homing In.

resource Snippet Sleuth: Action Figure

This game provides practice reading snippets to find keywords that aid in Homing In.

resource Find Command Video

A video tutorial about the Find Command.

resource Reading on the Web

Four interactive video tutorials to help improve reading on the Web.

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assessment resources

resource Search History Logs

Instructions and forms for using search logs to reflect on and improve the search process.

resource Finding Relevant Results

This assessment is aimed at the ability to recognize relevant information in snippets obtained from Google Blog Search, Technorati and Blogpulse.

 

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Resource Kit Web Resources

resource Vetted Links: Reading on the Web

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