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Google’s Information Literacy Lesson Plans

Posted on: May 15, 2012

Change!  The student tendency to “just Google it” while ignoring other resources is raises concern among media specialists and teachers. Discussions about banning or limiting Google are not uncommon.  One suggested even banning searching .com sites.  Google and web searching are not going away.

Google Lesson plans are Google’s new tool designed to help media specialists and teachers teach students how to be effective users of information.  There are multiple lesson plans for beginning, intermediate and advanced searchers are aligned with Common Core Standards and both AASL and ISTE information and technology literacy standards.

  • Picking search terms
  • Understanding search results
  • narrowing a search for better results
  • Searching for evidence for research tasks
  • Evaluating source credibility

A lesson plan map  gives a succinct overview  of each lesson; the very complete step-by-step lessons are accessible as Google Docs files. The lessons fit with standard research processes such as the Big 6. Take a look at Google Lessons. 

Thank you to Debbie Abilock from Noodle Tools for introducing me to these helpful literacy resources.

Learn more about teaching information and technology literacy and engaging, critical thinking activities for students in an online course. Teaching Digital Media Literacy in the Content Areas: Using Primary Sources .

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