Teach me how to Google, T-t-teach me how to Google.
*Raise your hand* if you remember the song “Teach Me How to Dougie”? I admit that I was inspired by that title. If you haven’t seen anyone doing the Dougie, you can find it on YouTube. Watch it. Laugh about it. But if you are over 14 years old, don’t do it.
That’s how I feel about using Google with kids. If you are directing them to research, give it a try yourself first. What kinds of pages come to the top when you search for “baby rhinoceros”? Are those good sources of information for your class of 9 and 10 year olds? If not, what now? Don’t put yourself in the position of not knowing how to find the information your students need when you are already in the middle of the lesson.
Take the time to put together for your students a research pathfinder. A research pathfinder provides keywords that they can use to search for information, web addresses that they can access directly, links to databases that your school may (should) be subscribed to for this purpose, and directions for how and where to find printed materials in your classroom or school library, Here are some links on the Web that will teach you how to focus your students’ investigations.
How to Make a Good Library Pathfinder
By Amy C Mann
F.I.N.D.S. Research Model: Investigate
Comment below with your tips for Googling with kids!