Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Understanding Web Search in Plain English

Common Craft has released another great video that teachers, librarians, and students will find very useful. This latest video from Common Craft explains how search engine rankings work and how to refine searches to find the information for which you are searching.

Here is Web Search Strategies in Plain English.


This subtitled version of the same video could be useful for ELL students.


Applications for Education
Take a group of students to a library to complete a research project and most of them will run to a computer and enter a search on Google or Yahoo. Before they start searching a quick look at the Common Craft video will remind them of the search strategies that they have been taught by you or another teacher. The Common Craft video is too short to be the only lesson students receive on web search strategies, but it is a great review resource.

Here are some other useful videos from Common Craft.
The Electoral College
Social Bookmarking
RSS Readers