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Magic keywords on Google and the consequences of tailoring results - Gabriel Weinberg's Blog

Magic keywords on Google and the consequences of tailoring results - Gabriel Weinberg's Blog | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

What does it mean when you hear talk of a filter bubble? This post from Gabriel Weinberg, the founder of the search engine DuckDuckGo, discusses an "experiment" that took play on Sept. 6, 2012, when 131 DuckDuckGo users searched Google for specific words. It "was the first in a series of experiments we're doing to explore the state of Google search tailoring -- the fact that different people see different results on Google based on who they are."

The results are pretty amazing (and very detailed). To learn more check out this post, or to have a quick overview, scroll down to the end of the post and watch the video. You may also want to head over to Vimeo to watch a 2nd video about DuckDuckGo that provides a quick overview of DuckDuckGo, a search engine that protects your privacy and has many great tools! And the link to that video is http://vimeo.com/50984188.


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Why K-12 schools are failing by not teaching SEARCH | The Thinking Stick

Why K-12 schools are failing by not teaching SEARCH | The Thinking Stick | Teacher Tips & Tools | Scoop.it

A look at the importance of teaching students how to search. Do your students (or faculty) know how to find information online? Do they have use appropriate search words, understand how results are generated, use multiple resources, to assess the information (quality and accuracy), recognize bias? 

This post focuses on some of the  information from the recent Pew Report that looked at "How Teens Do Research in the Digital World." The author also provides links to articles he has written on how to use Google to teach search to students in K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. 
I would also suggest teaching with search engines beyond Google. If you are concerned with tracking check out DuckDuckGo or Blekko. A great metasearch engine is Carrot2. And you can use want to compare websites side-by-side check out Slikk. 


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