Project URL: http://teachnet-lab.org/is24/cposer/searching.htm
How it works:
The students will become familiar with computer and Internet jargon and
explore different types of searches. The students will perform a search with and without Boolean search operators. They will learn how to make the most
of their searching time by being as specific as they can with their vocabulary.
Standards addressed by this unit:
This unit targets many of the key
competencies of the New York State Language Arts performance standards:
-read and comprehend informational materials.
-demonstrate familiarity with a variety of public documents.
-demonstrate familiarity with a variety of functional documents.
-make informed judgments.
-use computer technology to find
information relevant to a task
Software materials used:
These lessons were implemented with 6-8 grade students but may be adapted to any grade level. The class had a wide range of previous computer
This lesson will allow students to compare different search engines and different search strategies. It will make them understand that using specific terms can narrow down your searching time and make you a more productive searcher.
Take a trip to your local public library. Our local public library has a computer lab that offers free computer lessons to the community. It is a great resource that is often overlooked.
Christine Poser has been employed at I.S. 24 for over ten years. The past seven
have been spent in the library as a media specialist. She has been involved with Project Smart, a
NYC Board of Education program that installs computers in classrooms, since its inception in 1997. Through Project Smart she has published lesson plans
to help teachers integrate computers in the classroom, and she has facilitated several workshops for teachers on the use of the Internet. She is also part
of CLASP, Connecting Libraries and Schools Project. She has arranged author "meet and greet" programs and workshops with the New York Public
Library. She enjoys teaching country and western line dancing in her spare time.
Estimated class periods to complete: 5
Subject: English, Technology
Beginning Grade Level: 6
Ending Grade Level: 12