Five lessons about online information search

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Introduction

Do you want to search for information online for your schoolwork? To make online search easier we created The Web for Classrooms (WfC). In five lessons we explain to you why we’ve created WfC and we show you how to use WfC.

Do – Go – Know
Did you know that you have different intentions (or needs) while using the web? Maybe not, so let’s look at these needs a bit more.

Often you will just like to Go somewhere on the web: to a game, a platform, a video you know about, or something that was recommended to you by somebody. If that’s the case, Google works fine.

It might also be the case that you want to order an item on the web, like clothes or shoes. This type of online search is called Do

Now, let’s take a look at the third type of online search: Know. When searching for information online, Google often doesn’t help you that well. Google doesn’t tell you how understandable a text is for you. Nor how trustworthy the information is. Of course, for school, this is very important. As it should important for you too. 


Important terms

In the lessons, we use the following five terms that might need a bit of explanation before you start.

browser is an application you use on your device to visit websites (including search). Examples are Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explorer.

tab is a screen in your browser. You can have multiple screens open in your browser at the same time:

A topic is a subject you choose to search. Like a school subject or a part of it. Such as Geography, Deserts or the Water Cycle.

A keyword is a word you use in a search bar while searching for a certain topic. Often one uses multiple keywords in a query, let’s say: red fox facts

A query is the set of keywords while searching in a search engine.


How it works

1. From time to time, you will be redirected by a link to WfC to conduct a search task. For a poll or a quiz, you will be directed to an app called Nearpod. These other websites will be opened in a new tab. In Nearpod you can just use an alias as username and no extra information needed.

2. Remember to always go back to the lesson after you completed a search task on WfC or an assignment on Nearpod (such as a poll or quiz).