Monday, September 28, 2009

Search Methods

When I think of doing research online I get overwhelmed...and that worries me a bit because if I want to teach my kids how to navigate the web to find accurate information in an efficient way I need to be able to do that myself!!

In chapter 2 Beach describes some of the difficulties that arise when searching online - one of which is getting overwhelmed with the amount of hits one gets when using a search engine like Google or Yahoo. This made me think of the new Bing commercials I have seen on tv lately. I love how they show people having an "oral" search overload (like this link of a pregnant woman overloading on hits about what you can and can't eat when pregnant). It's funny because IT'S TRUE!!

And now I'm sad because I think I deleted by reflection relating the search methods to my fourth grade class...!!!

Summary: I think I wrote about kids trying to search out information online pertaining to Minnesota. It has been hard to find sites that are kid-friendly with relevant, factual information. If I have trouble searching for information online how can I help my students research effectively and efficiently?


  1. Hi Molly,

    I'm not as bothered by search overload as I am by search distraction--checking out that next link and that next link. I think I should try BING, too. I assume it's free.

    Re Minnesota: Do you know about the Minnesota Historical Society website at ? There's a section called Minnesota on the Map and the resource section for teachers has activities, podcasts, etc.

  2. I frequently check out what Molly Purdy and the other Concord grade 4 teachers have found. True North from MN Historical Society is new to me. It has primary resources.

    Do you go on any MN field trips? We go to Fort Snelling, the MN State Capitol, and Mill CIty Museum. I love "being there" experiences.

  3. It's a bummer that you lost part of your blog entry (it has happened to me before also). Fortunately, I was able to read your entry before it disappeared. I hope others were also.