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Quest 2 Safe Searching Step 3

9. Search Strategies

Narrowing Down the Search Part 3

1. Search for information about a sponge for a science report using KidzSearch. The challenge is to narrow down the search to the fewest results and also the most accurate and helpful ones. Use the combinations of words shown below, use the + symbol with a word, and "quotation marks" when there is more than one word.

Search Strategies to try out:

  • Search #1:   sponge
  • Search #2:   sponge animal
  • Search #3:   sponge +ocean
  • Search #4:   sponge +animal
  • Search #5:   sponge +"ocean animal"

2. Which of the search strategies above do you think had:

  • the largest number of results
  • the smallest number of results
  • the best results for writing the report

Google Features Users Part 4

You have already seen that KidzSearch has many special features to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. You can find a definition of a word, track a flight, find your favorite sport team's scores and solve math problems. 

  • Can you become an expert Google Features user?
  • Complete the 9.Q2 Google Scavenger Hunt document and turn it into your teacher. 
  • You may find the Additional Resources helpful in completing it.

Do you want to go an extra step for mankind and learn how to use Google Scholar? It is a library of millions of books and other materials digitized for easy reading and searching.

Watch the video to learn more about Google Scholar. 

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

2. Digital Citizen
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices
c. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property

3. Knowledge Constructor
a. Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits
b. Evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources
c. Curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts or solving authentic problems
d. Build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions