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SearchReSearch: Search Challenge (11/5/14): Plausible or not, and why...?

SearchReSearch: Search Challenge (11/5/14): Plausible or not, and why...? | Edu-search | Scoop.it
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With answer at http://searchresearch1.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/answer-plausible-or-not-and-why.html

 

Think about how you'd address these questions, what info do you need to know, what does it tell you if you can't find certain information, etc.

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SearchReSearch: Wednesday Search Challenge (7/30/14): Three classic mistakes

SearchReSearch: Wednesday Search Challenge (7/30/14): Three classic mistakes | Edu-search | Scoop.it
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nice couple of problems to solve for people learning the skills of search - what went wrong?  Nice task would be to use these to seed students writing their own examples (which could then be addressed by peers)

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Get Involved

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Tag metadata to help enrich the indexing of multimedia files. Use surface level features, and/or search techniques to find relevant metadata to tag

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Free Technology for Teachers: Search Before You Move On - Another Simple Search Tip for Students

Free Technology for Teachers: Search Before You Move On - Another Simple Search Tip for Students | Edu-search | Scoop.it
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SearchReSearch: "About this site" A new feature on the SERP

SearchReSearch: "About this site" A new feature on the SERP | Edu-search | Scoop.it
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"With the new "about this site" link, you can get a quick overview of the site.  Incredibly handy for doing research.  (Perhaps especially for students!)  "

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Free Technology for Teachers: Daniel Russell's Ten Favorite Search Challenges (Today)

Free Technology for Teachers: Daniel Russell's Ten Favorite Search Challenges (Today) | Edu-search | Scoop.it
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Fantastic set of challenges from Dan Russell (with more dotted around Richard's site)

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Develop Web Search Challenges for Students

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Develop Web Search Challenges for Students | Edu-search | Scoop.it
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Nice brief tips for developing search challenges for students based around images.  See also my tips http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/knight/edusearch-tips/

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SearchReSearch: Setting a timer on Google

SearchReSearch: Setting a timer on Google | Edu-search | Scoop.it
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This isn't so much a search tip, but you can now set alarms/timers in Google.  When I was teaching I used the classtools timer a lot  http://www.classtools.net/education-games-php/timer (you can set different music, some of which will intensify as the end comes nearer, e.g. the countdown music or the pink panther music! :-) ).  But if you just need a fast timer in class (or for any other situation!) Or you want your students to each remind themselves about something this is a great new feature.

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GTISC Filter Bubble

GTISC Filter Bubble | Edu-search | Scoop.it
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The filter bubble is a concept developed by Internet activist Eli Pariser in his book "Filter Bubble" to describe a phenomenon in which websites use algorithms to predict what information a user may like to see based on the user's location, search history, etc. As a result, a website may only show information which agrees with the user's past viewpoints. A typical example is Google's personalized search results. To "pop" the bubbles created by Google search (also called de-personalization), our research group in the Georgia Tech Information Security Center is conducting ground-breaking research and developing software, Filter Bubble. Filter Bubble is a chrome extension that uses hundreds of nodes to distribute a user's Google search queries world wide each time the user performs a Google search. Using Filter Bubble, a user can easily see differences between his and others' Google search returns.

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How to Google yourself - an infographic

How to Google yourself - an infographic | Edu-search | Scoop.it
I previously posted a really helpful infographic on how to use Google effectively to find information, and the creators of that one have just put up a new one, titled 'The Google Yourself Challenge...
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" managing our online identity is something we should all take seriously these days, particularly if we’re looking for a job or applying for post-graduate positions, and it can be really helpful to see what’s out there about yourself. "

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SimilarSiteSearch.com - The Best Place To Find Similar Websites

SimilarSiteSearch.com - The Best Place To Find Similar Websites | Edu-search | Scoop.it
SimilarSiteSearch.com helps you find similar, related, or alternative websites. Our goal is to generate the most relevant results for our users.
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This Article Needs Attention from an Expert: A lesson to explore the credibility of Wikipedia content

This Article Needs Attention from an Expert: A lesson to explore the credibility of Wikipedia content | Edu-search | Scoop.it
“Attention: This article needs attention from an expert!” Yes, you’ve read that correctly and furthermore, I’m willing to admit that “the neutrality of this article is disputed”. Problematic and pr...
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Great blog & lesson plan (See link) for a search task based around understanding the templates in wikipedia - bias, needs source, etc. - and writing to address these.

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SearchReSearch: Search Challenge (10/29/14): See anything odd about these sites?

SearchReSearch: Search Challenge (10/29/14): See anything odd about these sites? | Edu-search | Scoop.it
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Get students to look through these websites (or similar ones) and explore how plausible they think they are and why.

Dan gives his take on them here http://searchresearch1.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/answer-notice-anything-odd-about-these.html

 

Really nice set of examples to work with!

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Google Image Quiz

Google Image Quiz | Edu-search | Scoop.it
See the image, guess the query.
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Can you guess the Google query for the image? Thinking about how queries are constructed, and how one might find images of particular things.

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Pacific Northwest tree octopus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pacific Northwest tree octopus

The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is an Internet hoax created in 1998 by Lyle Zapato. This fictitious endangered species of cephalopod was given the Latin name " Octopus paxarbolis" (which roughly means, "Pacific tree octopus" in Dog Latin).

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Nice hoax site with plausible in and out links to use to teach information literacy. Couple of studies cited on the wiki article (with link to main site). While I love this example, it might be worth talking to pupils about the fact that this is unusual in that it's a hoax attempting to mislead, and such cases account for only a subset of the types of problematic info they might encounter on the web

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Bing for Schools

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As part of Microsoft’s continued focus on promoting digital literacy in education, the Bing for Schools program offers daily lesson plans designed to teach search skills, Bing Rewards enhancements to help earn Microsoft Surface RT tablets for...
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There aren't a huge number of lessons here, and from a quick scan they're mostly focussed on a limited number of high precision searches (i.e. not exploratory search, but fact retrieval) which then lead to some more critical thinking activities (evaluating information, thinking about uses, transforming retrieved information into a new form, etc.)  Hopefully this will grow, I'd definitely recommend having a look at the Google search lessons too, and thinking about how to create your own more complex query tasks (I like www.agoogleaday.com as precision based complex search task)

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New Feature: Bibliography, Credibility Evaluation and EasyBib

New Feature: Bibliography, Credibility Evaluation and EasyBib | Edu-search | Scoop.it
An important part of teaching students research skills is awareness of and critical thinking about sources of information. This issue is covered extensively in the Pew Research Report “How Te...
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I've scooped Instagrok before, but they've just added some new features around projects (so you can do multiple searches under the same project and link them properly), assignments (self-explanatory!), and credibility/sourcing judgements (which this post links to).  E.g.

Credibility Evaluation. Next to each bibliography entry is a checkbox, which initially will be grey, indicating that the student has not reviewed this source yet.

Clicking on the link will open the document in a frame, in the lower-right corner of which is a question asking them whether a source is credible. By hitting “Explain” button, the student can open a quick questionnaire asking them to reflect on the credibility of the source (questions are courtesy of our partner EasyBib, reproduced with permission)

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Twitter / GooglePoetics: googling Google on Google using ...

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For some google suggestions fun - this is a great twitter stream :-)

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Free Technology for Teachers: Using Images as Research Prompts to Teach Google Search Strategies

Free Technology for Teachers: Using Images as Research Prompts to Teach Google Search Strategies | Edu-search | Scoop.it
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MillionShort

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Million Short is an experimental web search engine (really, more of a discovery engine) that allows you to REMOVE the top million (or top 100k, 10k, 1k, 100) sites from the results set. We thought it might be somewhat interesting to see what we'd find if we just removed an entire slice of the web.

 

The thinking was the same popular sites (we're not saying popular equals irrelevant) show up again and again, Million Short makes it easy to discover sites that just don't make it to the top of the search engine results for whatever reason (poor SEO, new site, small marketing budget, competitive keyword(s) etc.). Most people don't look beyond page 1 when doing a search and now they don't have to.

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