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Google Search Skills Formative Assessment

Google Search Skills Formative Assessment
Google Search Skills Formative Assessment
Google Search Skills Formative Assessment
Google Search Skills Formative Assessment
Google Search Skills Formative Assessment
Google Search Skills Formative Assessment
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Too often, we as teachers will tell students to "Google" something, without first providing instructions on how to conduct web-based searches. And too often, students type the full question into the search bar.

Based off Google's "A Google A Day" web search puzzle, accessible here: https://www.google.com/intl/en-us/insidesearch/searcheducation/lessons.html#History, I have created a US History-based formative assessment to check students' searching skills. I like to use this as an opening activity to help build students' critical thinking and Internet searching skills as part of an introduction to research. Previously, I have given a few helpful hints for web searches, taught about website reliability, and used a couple of Google's pre-created "A Google A Day" activities. I use this as a short opener, or bell-ringer, to practices these critical thinking and Internet research skills.

This PowerPoint slideshow (originally created as a Google Slide Deck) poses a question in multiple parts. Unlike most "A Google A Day" lessons, which have been frequently used, this original puzzle will not appear in search results as written. Thus, your students will have to break down the puzzle into multiple parts.

I like to pose the question, leaving it up on the board, cycling the room, checking on how students are searching. I tell students that when they think they have the answer to raise their hand, and I will check to see if they are correct.

A slide after the posed question provides helpful hints for students in breaking down the steps in searching for the answer. The final slide displays the correct answer. I recommend debriefing each of the steps to find the answer.
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