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May 19th-22nd

posted May 19, 2017, 7:34 AM by Mike Costello
-20 min
-Finish Advanced Lessons!!!
    -Due 5/19 (A-Day) 5/23 (B-Day)

-Practice Lessons for EXTRA CREDIT
    -Must have ALL other lessons complete

SHMOOP #6 & #6.5 – Online Research and Keyword Search Techniques Activity: Research Basics & Keywords

Instructions for You – 75 Mins

Objective: Looking for info today ≠ your granny’s library card catalog. The first, last, and oftentimes only line of defense that students use to do research (at least in high school and beyond) is the Internet. Along with a host of delicious morsels of 411 goodies, come the challenges of knowing howto find the information that a student actually needs.

In this activity, students will explore and use different search engines. Students answer questions about the challenges of conducting online research, and learn how to narrow searches and find useful intel on the Web and specific websites.

Materials Needed: 

Step 1 (5-10 mins):  How many of you use the Internet to find information, and what kind of information it is.

It’s a big bad 411-filled world out there – and it’s got your number. Let’s see if you have its addy. How many of you have done research online before? What search sites did you use? [Possible answers: Google, Yahoo, Bing] What info were you looking for? Research sounds pretty academic and yawny, but it can also be fun. Whenever you check on a movie time, for example, you’re doing research. Yelping a new restaurant? Research!

As a class, brainstorm what kinds of questions they might use the Internet to answer. Remind students that research doesn’t just mean school or academics. Here are some possible answers:

  • Movie times (Fandango, anyone?)
  • Driving directions (Google maps and MapQuest come to mind here)
  • Quality of restaurants (Yelp!)
  • Movie and video game reviews (Rotten Tomatoes, IGN)
  • Cell phone plans
  • Recipes
  • Used iPads for sale (eBay, Craigslist)
  • What movie Taylor Lautner will be in next (IMDb)
  • Coupons and deals (Groupon, LivingSocial)

Step 2 (15 mins): Pass out copies of the "Google Search Madness" handout.  Independently search for the answers to the questions on the handout.

You will have 10 minutes to find the answers.  When you have found all of the answers, raise your hand. Winners will earn 10 Bonus Points.  Note:  Do Not use Wikipedia.org

Step 3 (3 mins):  As a class we will watch the "Searching the Web" video, which will provide some useful tips on keywords and phrases.

Step 4 (3-5 mins):  As a class we will read through the four tips on the "Google Search Pro Tips" handout, which gives specific tips on improving the keywords and phrases you enter into the Google search engine.  Does anyone have any other tips to add.

Step 5 (10-15 mins):  Students go to the second page of the handout, which lists search scenarios and requires them to come up with good search terms.  You'll all be competing to see who comes up with the best search results (the keywords/phrases that offer the fewest total results on Google).

Students read the scenarios, then come up with a few search terms they think are good, based on the tips they've learned.  Be sure to enter your search terms into Google, recording the total number of results for each keyword/phrase (probably will be in the thousands, if not millions) and the number of websites that look relevant on the first page of their Google results.

You will have 10 minutes to work on this then we will share your best search term and results for each of the four scenarios. The student with the lowest number of search results wins. (Use your judgment to ensure that the keyword/phrase will actually offer good results.)  Winners will earn 10 Bonus Points

Step 6 (5 mins):  Discussion with students about using keywords:

  1. How did you find your best search results?
  2. Which search techniques were most useful? Which is your new favorite technique?
  3. Was it hard to come up with good options for search terms?
  4. What kinds of questions do you think are the hardest to answer using a search engine?

Step 7 (4 minutes): At this point, some of your students might be pretty curious about how search engines work. Direct them to watch "How Search Works," a video created by Google. This video isn't only interesting, but also provides some useful info on how Google uses keywords to provide a list of results.

Blog Post (NYTimes Cyberbullying)


1.  What are the numbers of reports in the last three years stated in the article?  Are you surprised by the number?
        2-3 sentences

2.  The author quotes a teacher, “I’m willing to bet that these are just a fraction of what’s actually taking place. You can get cyberbullied for reporting cyberbullying, and most kids don’t want to make things worse.” Do you agree with the teacher? If all report were filed at David Douglas what would be the number of reports at the High School?
        3-5 sentences

3. When you see or hear Cyberbullying what are the topics of the bullying? Does it matter what platform you are on? Ex Instagram vs Twitter vs Xbox live
        2-5 Sentences

4 What type of punishment fits the crime for Cyberbullying? Should you punish everyone involved or just the person who made the post?
        2-5 Sentences

5. The article states that they believe the large increase over the past few years is due to teachers and students being better trained and willing to report, Do you believe this to be true and if so why? If not what is the reason for the large increase?
        3-6 Sentences

6.  What is going to be needed to help prevent cyber bullying in the future?  Is the problem going to get worse before it gets better? 
        3-5 Sentences