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SearchReSearch: Search Challenge (11/11/15): Fake or real? How do you know?

SearchReSearch: Search Challenge (11/11/15): Fake or real? How do you know? | Edu-search | Scoop.it
... people have been faking stories, photos, and claims for as long as humans have been around. Of course now we're aided by technology, which sometimes makes these deceptions a bit more difficult to ferret out.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Simple Search Strategies Your Students May Be Overlooking

Free Technology for Teachers: Simple Search Strategies Your Students May Be Overlooking | Edu-search | Scoop.it
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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: Why research skills matter more than ever

SearchReSearch: Why research skills matter more than ever | Edu-search | Scoop.it
1. You have to keep your skills fresh as search changes. Search engines are constantly creating new capabilities such as Search-By-Image. Stay on top of these things!

2. Realize that the underlying content changes. What we believe to be true is constantly shifting (Example: How many planets are there? 8? 9?)

3. Collections constantly change. The resources available to you changes constantly as well. The number of books in full-view constantly changes, new image collections come online, new cultural resources spring into existence...

4. New KINDS of stuff is out there, pay attention. Now you can easily find data sets, satellite images, Vines, podcast series, etc. What's the next newest content type you can search for?

5. The dark side: new scams and bogus content are constantly arising as well. You need to learn how to recognize this. There seems to be a new conspiracy theory of the day, along with scam online pharmacies that can kill you with improperly made drugs, and disinformation sites.
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 1.  You have to keep your skills fresh as search changes.  Search engines are constantly creating new capabilities such as Search-By-Image.  Stay on top of these things!

2. Realize that the underlying content changes.  What we believe to be true is constantly shifting (Example: How many planets are there?  8?  9?)   
 
3. Collections constantly change. The resources available to you changes constantly as well.  The number of books in full-view constantly changes, new image collections come online, new cultural resources spring into existence...

4. New KINDS of stuff is out there, pay attention. Now you can easily find data sets, satellite images, Vines, podcast series, etc. What's the next newest content type you can search for?  

5. The dark side: new scams and bogus content are constantly arising as well.  You need to learn how to recognize this.  There seems to be a new conspiracy theory of the day, along with scam online pharmacies that can kill you with improperly made drugs, and disinformation sites. 
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How the internet lied to you in 2015 - BBC News

How the internet lied to you in 2015 - BBC News | Edu-search | Scoop.it
The time stamp was altered but people still recognised it, with one YouTube watcher warning, "They drag out this video every time there is a big earthquake."
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How the Guardian decides which sources can be deemed trustworthy | Chris Elliott: Open door

How the Guardian decides which sources can be deemed trustworthy | Chris Elliott: Open door | Edu-search | Scoop.it
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Interesting to consider how students would approach this, perhaps for different genres of writing

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13 Digital Research Tools For The Google Generation

13 Digital Research Tools For The Google Generation | Edu-search | Scoop.it
13 Digital Research Tools And The Credibility Lessons They Teach
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How Your Travels Around the Internet Expose the Way You Think | WIRED

How Your Travels Around the Internet Expose the Way You Think | WIRED | Edu-search | Scoop.it
My journey begins with a magazine article on the origins of human writing. But then I bounce to a webcomic about a girl superhero, which leads me to obsess briefly over how the hell Superman could really fly. That links me to the equations that describe gravity, which loops me around to Jews in the history of Marvel Comics.
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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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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Bibliography in Google Documents

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Bibliography in Google Documents | Edu-search | Scoop.it
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Free Technology for Teachers: Search Tip for Students - Think Before You Search

Free Technology for Teachers: Search Tip for Students - Think Before You Search | Edu-search | Scoop.it
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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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