Demonstrates search techniques for Google. Techniques focus on basic searching, mathematical calculations, and other specific searches (time, weather, maps, etc.).
Type of Material:
Internet browser. Runs on any contemporary computer, even a netbook.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
To develop an understanding of some useful, yet less well known, search techniques in Google to locate information.
Target Student Population:
All student levels; all subject matters
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Familiarity with Google
Although short, it is an excellent tutorial showing how to use Google more efficiently. The tutorial can be useful for learners from middle school to senior citizens. Presents some useful search techniques in a clear and succinct manner. Well designed and engaging.
Some techniques don’t work as well as advertised and for others you can retrieve comparable information by using common sense approaches.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
No need for prerequisite knowledge. Search concepts are combined into distinct subject areas. Pedagogical approach was innovative and effective.
This little tutorial teaches how to use the Google search box very efficiently. A lot can be learned quickly.
Without well designed exercises, it may be difficult to retain some of the principles presented. It would be nice if there was audio accompaniment to accommodate aural learning styles.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Easy to navigate once you understand how the controls work. An easy and fun tutorial to use.
Controls are not initially intuitive. It took time to figure out how to efficiently move to different parts of the animation in a non-linear fashion. No instructions provided.
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