Search Signals: Understanding Your Top Hits

Class members watch a short video about the criteria used to drive search results to learn about how search engines work. Scholars use a "Search Signals" worksheet and a tip sheet to record information as they conduct a simple search of "Pokemon Go."

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Enlarge, print a color copy, and display the "Search Signals" infographic
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a free NEWSEUMED account to access the videos and the "News or Noise?" media map
  • Copies, one per pupil, of the "Search Signals" worksheet are required
  • Class members need access to devices with internet
Pros
  • Includes an offline option for the "Poll Everywhere's" word cloud tool
  • A completed "Search Signals" worksheet is included in the packet for instructors
  • Most participants will be familiar with the Pokemon Go Augmented reality mobile game and will be able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of looking only at the top search results posted on a search engine
Cons
  • None
Common Core