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Lesson Length The expected lesson length will be approximately one hour

Some variation possible.

Assessment Level 1

Students The lesson is suitable for KS3 and KS4 students Since this is a new specification, the lesson is suitable for Year 7 to 9 students and differentiated by outcome  
Overall Focus The focus of the next couple of lessons is on Internet search techniques.  This will reinforce algorithms in the real world and also underpin good research skills for projects This lesson will introduce how Internet searches work.

Lesson Links: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39

Key words algorithm, search, sort, logic, efficiency, effectiveness, Internet, search engine These words need to be reinforced throughout the series of lessons  

identify reasons why some search results are likely to be more important than others

Evidence here will be student's own work and assessor observations  
Key Questions Some questions to get learners thinking about the topics Students will likely be avid users of search engines and the Internet, but how effective are they and do they really know what they have found How do searches work on the Internet or on a local network?  How do you find exactly what you are looking for?  How will you know when you have found it?  What makes information more important in a search?
Learning Objectives
  • To understand the basic functions of search engines
  • To describe and explain, with examples how searches work and how ranking functions
  • To practise as a class some techniques to be effective searchers of content

Students need to apply their understanding of the Internet to practise

If you are using the Learning Machine learning system, students can add their comments and material to this site as evidence of their growing understanding.  The site, if used consistently, will show progression via charts of activity and outcomes.
Teaching and Learning Elements
  • More examples of how searching systems operate
  • Students can break into groups and work on exploring the aspects of searching
  • Class discussion and examples of their findings
  • Group or individual work on developing their own work

Searching for the information you need and managing that information is a key skill in the Information Age.  Students need to explore some of the skills and practise using them with guidance.  Are all search engines the same?  What makes a "good" search engine?

Use some of the student's ideas and examples to flesh out a solid understanding before progressing

Question students about how and why they did what they did.  Check for understanding.

Students need to start thinking about Information compared to data.  Why is some data more important than other data and how does this get determined?

Lesson Structure Possible structure an existing one.
  1. introduce some of the key ways that searches are used and why
  2. take a detailed look at search engines and compare results
  3. group work to work on some of their own ideas
  4. discuss what they have learned and what they can apply
  5. volunteers to share their work and explain how they came to their opinions
  6. highlight next week's focus and issue homework

As previously, there is also lots of good examples on the BBC logo bitesize pages.

GoogleYahoo!Ask.comForestle and Bing are popular search-engine websites. Some older services include WebcrawlerLycos, and Alta Vista.

Are visual search engines like TagGalaxy easier to use? (this one is only for images, but interesting).

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) these days is big business, but does that mean it is objective?  It is quite involved to make it work well.

If it takes this much work, it must cost money and therefore be influenced in some way by money.

Homework Get students to create some keywords for the school website to improve its Internet search ranking Students can vary their homework depending on their level of understanding Get students to document their experience on their portfolio system for assessment


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