Google Offers Free Resources to Help Students Master the Art of Online Search

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 is a free resource that offers educational activities designed to teach digital literacy. To help students develop their online research skills, the site offers free lesson plans, “A Google A Day” challenges, instructor-led courses on top searching techniques, and live training.

Lesson Plans & Activities

On this page you’ll find a database of lessons from “Picking the Right Search Terms” to “Narrowing a Search to Get Better Results” to “Evaluating Credibility of Sources.” Each lesson is aligned to Common Core Standards and is available in three levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced, depending on the age and skill of the learner.

“A Google a Day” Challenges

Put your students’ search skills to the test with these online trivia challenges divided into four categories: Culture, Geography, History, and Science. Each challenge includes a difficult topical question, hints to help students begin their search, the answer, and background for further classroom discussion on the topic.

Power Searching

Google makes it simple to find the information you need, but there are strategies for finding higher quality sources even more easily. These free courses offer advanced tips and tricks to finding online information quickly and efficiently. Students and teachers choose an instructor-led course (registration required) or a self-paced version to be completed at their leisure in order to learn more skilled research techniques.

Live Training

An archived series of webinars focuses on helping teachers integrate search literacy into existing lesson plans. For example, learn how to use Google’s tools for education or get an expert tutorial in Google Maps before attempting to use it with students. With these webinars, you can learn how to teach your students about online literacy while improving your own search skills.

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