Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Google Search and Common Core Standards

I had the privilege to spend today in the Rockingham County, North Carolina public school district. The purpose of my trip was to lead some learning about using Google search, Google Docs, Google Sites, Blogger, and Google Maps to address Common Core standards. In preparing for the day I reviewed some of Google's search lesson plans. All of the lessons include Common Core standards that can be addressed through the lessons. And all of the lessons can be copied into your Google Docs account.

These are some of the Common Core standards addressed in Google's search lesson plans.
  • Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
  • Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
  • Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse formats and media, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
Applications for Education
Most students think they know how to search Google, but most of them don't search as effectively as they could be searching. These lessons can help you help your students become better users of Google search. After using the Google search lesson plans you can help your students keep their search skills sharp by using these Google a Day challenges.