"Bee" a Better Researcher

Presenter(s): Jen Ward, 21st Century Teaching and Learning Coach, Haverford School District

When looking for food, the bee travels from flower to flower to flower. This is the traditional way that we think about researching. We go to a search engine and jump from web page to web page to web page. This is tiring and inefficient. Instead, we need to be like the spider. The spider spins a web and waits for his food to come to him. He doesn't waste time. He has found a better way to make what he want come to him. So, how can we teach students to do that as researchers? This session will focus on the basics of Google search options, alerts, and social bookmarking.

Teachers will learn by doing. We will set up Google alerts and a bookmarking page as well as discuss how these tools might be incorporated into classroom practice.


Have your research come to you >

All links are on http://wardsworld.pbworks.com/Better-Researching

Lots of handouts are available about different searching strategies can be found at http://www.google.com/educators/index.html

Google simple searches
site: ex. site: www.bbc.co.uk haiti (will search the bbc site for haiti)

Most students put in keywords and don't drill down.
Have them Show Options on left side - to narrow the search.
  • Google Books - some books have lit trips linked or will plot events from the book on a map, etc.
  • Google Scholar -
  • Google News
  • Google Timeline
  • Wonder Wheel - gives related topics - good for brainstorming and for narrowing topics

Next Steps Reflection Form