Information Overload--Find and Sift

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Alan November Articles by Alan November http://www.anovember.com/articles.html
Web-based slideshowsby Kathy Schrock
Search engines
What Works Clearinghouse
Lose your way? Try the Wayback Machine: http://www.archive.org
Four NETS for Better Searching
The Boolean Machine

To Do:

Dissecting Web Addresses
1. Read the article by Alan November, "How to Read a Web Address."
2. Go to Altavista's advanced search engine: http://www.altavista.com. Click on Advanced Search.
3. In the Build a Query box enter "technology integration" as your search term.
4. Scroll down to Location: by domain. Enter a domain of your choice, using the domain names your read about in the article. Hint: .edu is an example of a domain.
5. Click Find.
6. Repeat this search for two different domains.
7. Open Word, and save your urls in a new document.
8. Extra challenge: What does the acronym url stand for?

What Works?
1. Visit What Works Clearinghouse: http://www.w-w-c.org/. What is it and what value does it have for you as a teacher? Discuss with your neighbor and report out.

Can You Trust That Website?

Visit http://www.wnpl.alibrary.com/ReferenceDesk/Computers/Trust.htm. Peruse the examples on the page. Do you find any glaring examples of a bogus website? If so, which one(s)?

Compare and Contrast

Ever wonder what happened to a particular website over time? Or how a website may have treated a certain event? The Wayback Machine is just for you!
1. Go to http://www.archive.org
2. Enter http://www.cnn.com in the search box.
3. Go to the date closest to the November 2000 election.
4. Take a screen shot of the page (click shift/print screen).
5. Open Word.
6. Paste your screen shot into the document (ctrl-V).
7. Create a link from the page to today's CNN website (right-click; left-click on hyperlink; enter http://www.cnn.com)
8. Develop a "think-about" question you could ask your students, using the link from the "old" site to the current one as a springboard.
9. Create your own compare and contrast exercise, using an old website and comparing it to a new one.

Create a Hotlist

1. Select a topic of interest related to a subject in the curriculum.
2. Open a Word document. Give it a title and write a brief introduction to your list.
3. Save your document.
4. Open your web browser and a search engine of your choice. Be bold! In addition to your tried and true favorites, try AlltheWeb, Teoma, Kartoo, or AltaVista. Conduct your search.
5. As you find websites of interest, highlight the url. Ctrl-C to copy. Go back to your Word Document.
6. Type the name of the website. Highlight it. Press Ctrl-K (or choose hyperlink from the Insert menu), and then Ctrl-V to paste the address of the website. Click OK.
7. You have just typed an embedded link. Great work! If you'd like to make this an even more useful tool, type a brief description of each website as you move through the exercise.
8. Go back to the search engine and locate four more websites on your topic, repeating the steps above.

The hotlist itself can form the basis of a learning experience for your students. Think of a range of questions, from fact-based to analytical to evaluative, to give students a reason to peruse the websites you've located.