Because the internet is an extremely new
concept for many of your students, it is suggested that you bring handouts
to class to make it easier for them to understand.
Once you feel your students
have a basic a understanding of what they'll be embarking on, have them
do a Webquest that you have designed. As you read in the reading assignment,
Webquests are a great wake to learn how to search and to learn new information.
Tailor a webquest that will benefit an adult learner,
such as a place to shop for cheap plane tickets, real estate site, or
how to help supplement their children's educational resources. Spend
the entire class going over this and getting them used to google.
It may seem simple to you(a very experiences internet user), but for
them it is most likely a whole new world. The Internet can be 'too much
to quickly'. Make sure your students get the practice they need in terms
of using google and practicing how to search.
The key to search engines
is using keyword(s). It is dire that you explain to
your students what a keyword is. A good analogy to
use is the library. Student go to the library and are looking for a
certain topic. Let's say they're interested in looking for information
about Apple Pie Recipes. Apple pie is a food. Food is a category. However,
food as a category is too big. It encompasses all food,
including Apple Pie. Being specific is what keywords
are all about. More specifically, apple pie is a dessert.
However, dessert have many subcategories. Eventually, the student may
find what she or he is looking for, under the subject of either dessert
or pie. Using analogies like this, helps students understand
how to search the internet.
For students to visually
understand why keywords are important, have them do a search of city
of Cambridge. First have them type in the name 'Cambridge' and hit Search.
Point out that you come up with hundreds of thousands of results. Why?
Because that wasn't specific enough. A more adequate search of Cambridge
will come up with smaller results: "Cambridge, Massachusetts, United
States, City Hall". City Hall is an important
phrase because if internet users are looking for information about the
town of Cambridge, the City Hall is an entity that
may provide that.
Because the internet can
be 'too much to quickly', make sure your students don't wander off on
the internet. Make sure they follow instructions and that their attention
isn't taken away by interesting links that they click on.
It is important that students
understand why they must type in the URL perfectly, every time. Use
analogies such as a mail address or phone number. If someone wanted
to call 617-987-3455 and called 617-3355
instead, they're going to get a completely different person. The same
is true with typing in a URL. If they want to go to Amazon.com and
type in http://www.amason.com
instead of http://www.amazon.com,
they're not going to go to Amazon.com.