Truth About Old Posts…

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I’m a guilty blogger who provides mixed information because of Old Posts which become obsolete. Bloggers unintentionally fill the internet with virtual trash. I do believe this is one good reason why critical thinking needs to be used for researching the internet. It was the comments of strangers which bought my attention to some old directions on my blog. After having the obsolete information pointed out I wonder should it be removed?

After pondering on the old obsolete information, I decided not to delete the posts. Instead, I view this as a teachable moment to point out how important it is to use ones critical thinking skills when reading blog posts. Blog posts tend to be dated and chronological. A good researcher would look at dates as well as a topic when determining the value of the information. My message provides one practical reason for supporting using both critical thinking and digital citizenship skills when reading blog posts.

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Just Luv Pinning Tabs!!!

Recently in the Chrome Help Forum a user asked if there was a way to prevent tabs from being lost when closed. The question reminded me about one of my favorite Chrome Tips for Students. When students are engaged in a research project I like showing them the “Pin Tab” feature. The pin tab feature allows the student to return to the open tabs if the Chrome Browser is accidentally closed. Just follow the below steps to help prevent losing hours of research.

  1. Right Click Chrome Tab
  2. Select “Pin Tab”
  3. Repeat as needed
  4. Close Chrome Browser
  5. Right Click Tab
  6. Select “Reopen Closed Tabs”

Research Projects Made Easier…

When it comes to research projects why should students struggle due to reading levels of resources found on the internet? What would teachers say if a search engine could be focused upon research content appropriate for younger students and lower readers? It is my belief these tools benefit students with becoming independent learners. When children feel successful with completing tasks they start to internalize the value of “Research”. Once students understand the value of research it is easier to build and introduce more advanced search skills. Next time one plans a research project why not set the students up for success by sharing a search engine scaffold to their needs.

How to Create a Custom Google Search Engine

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  • Click Create a custom search engine or New search engine

New search engine

  • In Sites to search box, type the sites you want to include for the search results
  • In Name Search Engine Box,  type the name for the new search engine
  • Finish by Clicking the Blue Create Button

Type Website URL

  • Copy embed code or public link for sharing

NOTE: Embed Code will allow you to place the search box on your website or in a blog.

 

Incognito Browser What Does It Do?

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Incognito Browser is a useful research tool for a student or teacher. This is because the browser doesn’t retain history about the user. What does this mean? It means when you enter search words in the omnibus (search window)  the answer returned is non-biased. It is not based on your past internet searches. This means a teacher or student doing research for a project receives websites returns which represent both sides of a story.

Discover Visual Facts with Google Maps

Teachers and Students tend to do a lot of research throughout their careers. I love the tricks and tips which help to find the answers in the “Snap of a Finger.” Google Maps can help support by providing visual answers. Watch the video to see how quick I discover, “How many levels or floors there are to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.”

Here is a tip: this answer could be found just as quickly by doing an image search!  Sometimes it takes a little thinking, “Outside the Box” to lessen the time spent on research.