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Google was formally incorporated this week in 1998.
|Grades||5 – 12|
|Calendar Activity Type||Historical Figure & Event|
Prior to Google, Web search engines ranked search results according to the number of times a key word appeared on a page. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin revolutionized the Internet search process by ranking pages based on the number of other pages to which they are linked. Since incorporating in 1998, Google has grown in popularity as a preferred Internet search engine and information application provider. In 2006, the verb "google" was added to the Oxford English Dictionary.
Working with your librarian/school media specialist, engage students in an overview of developments in information/reference search technology. Guide students in an exploration of the following search tools (or others that provide a similar sense of contrast and development):
- card catalog
- Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature
- library Web site
- Google or other search engines
After students have had a chance to become familiar with the different search technologies, lead a discussion about the purposes, benefits, and disadvantages of each.
Encourage students to think beyond the notion that the newest technology is always the best. Remind them, for example, that information they find through an online search may not have the same credibility as something they might have found through the library card catalog. Or point out that while an online search engine may offer faster, more refined results, it may be keeping track of what you searched for without your full knowledge or permission.
- Google Milestones
Part of Google's official site, this timeline covers the company's lifespan from 1995 to the present, including thorough links to more recent developments in Google services. The timeline also lists the April Fool's Day jokes for which Google has become famous.
- Official Google Blog
This frequently-updated blog includes information about new developments at Google, as well as innovative ways to use Google tools for work or leisure activities. Here you can also find links to other blogs about web technologies and blogs written by Google staff.
- Google Watch
This site offers an alternative view to Google products and services, including critical discussions of privacy, copyright, and monopoly. Teachers can choose some of the claims and views from this site for students to investigate as a means of engaging them in a critical thinking activity.
- Search Engine History
Offering an extensive history of search engines, this site puts Google in perspective as one of the industry leaders in the market. The site also includes an extensive list of links for further reading and exploration on the topic.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson
In this lesson, students evaluate and rate the relevance of electronic resources as they research information about their state.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Who are the people behind the world’s greatest inventions? Students read biographies of a terrific trio of American inventors and create presentations that highlight how their inventions from the past impacted the future.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan
Surf’s up! Students will make a splash in this lesson when they learn how to effectively surf the Internet for specific information.
Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students read and analyze technology reviews to establish the characteristics of the genre. They then compose their own reviews on a technology of their choice.