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Teaching Kids to Research on the Internet

How much do your students know about using the Internet as a research tool? How much do they THINK they know? Do they know how to use search engines, find the most credible and authoritative resources, evaluate those sources for bias, and how to cite others’ ideas and work?

Digital “natives” don’t necessarily know how to make judgement calls about the quality of resources they find. This is a learned skill, and therefore it is one that can be taught.  A great resource to start with is WorldView Software’s tutorial: Internet Research Primer (which is included in every program).  In it, students will learn how to do all of the above and more — such as how to use simple Boolean operators to refine their searches.

Internet research is a highly fungible skill, and one your students will need to use well for the rest of their lives.  As English teacher Beth Shaum puts it:


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Dr. Annelies Kamran is V.P. for Content and Product Development at WorldView Software, Inc.

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