Thursday, August 12, 2010

Search On!

Today I discovered a new tool (or is it more like a toy?) from Google called Google Search Stories. So I had to give it a try. In less than 10 minutes I had created my own search story.  I have to hand it to Google for being so creative with their advertising. As an "information specialist" I realize that Google isn't always the best place to begin a search, but let's face it... it is the most commonly used search tool out there. Thinking like a media specialist, my wheels are turning about how Search Stories could be used in the classroom. I think using a search story could help to build interest as you introduce a new unit. For example: if you're studying Western Expansion and Explorers, a teacher could create a Search Story beginning with the broad topic of Western Expansion, enter the time frame of your focus along with several famous explorers and map images of their exploration routes. You could end the Search Story with  the question "What if they never sailed?" as a discussion starter.

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